Safeguarding the Carrageenan Industries: Case Study in Malaysia
Professor Dr. Lim Phaik Eem is the Deputy Director of Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya. She is one of the founder members and the current secretary of the Consortium of Southeast Asian Seaweed Taxonomy (SEASTax). She has published more than 150 publications. Her main research focus has been on algae since the 1990s. With the challenges facing in the carrageenan industries, especially lack of genetic diversity of cultivars of the eucheumatoids, she has initiated the study in Malaysia as well as in the Southeast Asian regions since the past 10 years and the research scope is expanded with her involvement in GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme, where problem-based multidisciplinary approach adopted to address several main issues affecting the seaweed cultivation and processing industries. These include detection of diseases and pests associated with the seaweed farming, farm management and legislation (biosecurity), conservation and exploration of genetically diverse seed stocks, and socio-economic resilience of the industry.