Post-Harvest Handling of Eucheumatoid Seaweeds

  • Majid Khan Majahar Ali
  • Ahmad Fudholi
  • Jumat Sulaiman
  • Mohana Sundaram Muthuvalu
  • Mohd Hafidz Ruslan
  • Suhaimi Md. Yasir
  • Anicia Q. Hurtado
Part of the Developments in Applied Phycology book series (DAPH, volume 9)


The post-harvest handling of cultivated seaweed biomass is a crucial stage in the whole value-chain of the carrageenophyte industry. The quantity and quality of carrageenan derived from any given biomass depends largely on the post-handling treatment and management of the supply-chain for the harvested seaweeds. Since the successful farming of Kappaphycus and Eucehuma began in the early 1970s in the Philippines, the generally low technologies and cheaper conventional methods of drying the harvested seaweeds (i.e. hanging, platform, shade drying, ‘sauna-like method,’ etc.) are still prefered by the majority of farmers. However, these methods pose serious problems for carrageenophyte quality. A new day is coming when the traditional methods will not be sufficient in order to add value to the biomass. Recently, new methods for the drying of various eucheumatoid seaweeds were introduced, e.g. passive drying (chimney and greenhouse-based solar houses), active drying (de-humidifier drier) and hybrid (wind turbine, double-pass solar collectors with fins and v-groove, solar driers). However, these are still in their early stages of development and technology transfer to the industry.

The main types of drier technology, as applied to harvested biomass of Kappaphycus and Eucheuma, are discussed in this chapter.


Kappaphycus Conventional drying Active drying Passive drying Hybrid drying Economics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Majid Khan Majahar Ali
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ahmad Fudholi
    • 3
  • Jumat Sulaiman
    • 4
  • Mohana Sundaram Muthuvalu
    • 5
  • Mohd Hafidz Ruslan
    • 3
  • Suhaimi Md. Yasir
    • 2
  • Anicia Q. Hurtado
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaGelugorMalaysia
  2. 2.Seaweed Research Unit (UPRL), Faculty of Science and Natural ResourcesUniversiti Malaysia SabahKota KinabaluMalaysia
  3. 3.Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaBangiMalaysia
  4. 4.Mathematics with Economics Programme, Faculty of Science and Natural ResourcesUniversiti Malaysia SabahKota KinabaluMalaysia
  5. 5.Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information TechnologyUniversiti Teknologi PETRONASTronoh PerakMalaysia
  6. 6.Integrated Services for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries (ISDA) Inc.Iloilo CityPhilippines

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