Review Papers

Innovative processes and products involving marine organisms in South Africa

Published in: African Journal of Marine Science
Volume 35, issue 3, 2013 , pages: 449–464
DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2013.830990
Author(s): J J BoltonDepartment of Biological Sciences, South Africa, M T Davies-ColemanDepartment of Chemistry, South Africa, V E CoyneDepartment of Molecular and Cell Biology, South Africa


The SEAChange programme, instituted in 2007 under the auspices of the South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR), included four interdependent research themes, one of which was Marine Biotechnology. Marine biotechnology is a discipline that involves both basic and applied research, and is aimed at the commercial exploitation of marine organisms. This paper reviews the progress made in three key areas of the SEAChange programme over the first five years, namely marine aquaculture, omics of marine organisms and marine bioprospecting, and discusses these accomplishments in context to marine biotechnology internationally.

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