The diversity of aquatic primary producers in Brunei Darussalam and the evaluation on their potentials for commercialization
Aquatic primary producers (e.g., seaweeds, seagrasses, microalgae), which are most fundamental organisms in aquatic ecosystems, have been globally receiving attention from many industrial areas (e.g, food, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, biofuel). Brunei Darussalam has a rich diversity of marine life but the diversity of aquatic primary producers and their potentials as an economic source have not been studied comprehensively. This research project aims (1) to identify aquatic primary producers in Brunei and make a database of the diversity for nature conservation, (2) to evaluate the physiological characteristics of key species (e.g., the response to environmental changes), and (3) to search for useful substances that can be utilized or hopeful in industrial areas (medical, agricultural, and food sciences).
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