Marine scientist pursues 47-yr study, uses of seaweeds – September 7, 2014

His nearly five decades-long career as a top marine scientist runs parallel to the advancement of commercial seaweed farming in the country.

University of the Philippines professor emeritus Gavino C. Trono Jr., now 83, has devoted his life work of 47 years–and still counting–to harnessing the country’s abundant seaweed resources through sound cultivation methods and open economic opportunities, especially for marginalized coastal communities.

Thanks in large part to Trono, seaweed production is now a major industry for an estimated one million Filipinos, mostly small farmers and their families. Seaweed is also one of the country’s top agricultural exports.

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