SeaStockand its research partner Flinders University have marked a major milestone in the development of the full life cycle of Asparagopsis taxiformis.

Asparagopsis taxiformis is a Western Australian native red algae from the Abrolhos Islands that has been shown to reduce methane emissions in livestock by up to 90%. 

However, it has a highly complex life cycle, making it challenging to cultivate commercially.

The SeaStock and Flinders University research team has successfully cultured tetrasporophyte and the early-stage of gametophyte in the laboratory. 

This is a major milestone in the development of their research, as it will allow SeaStock to further its research in ocean culture by way of seeding lines.

"This is a very significant milestone and one that was achieved well ahead of our anticipated timeline," said SeaStock Managing Director Tom Puddy. 

"This will allow us to gear up to produce larger commercial quantities of Asparagopsis to meet market demand and to scale up more quickly which is a huge positive for us as we progress."

The successful culturing of tetrasporophyte and the early-stage of gametophyte is a significant step towards the commercial cultivation of Asparagopsis taxiformis. 

This could have a major impact on the global agriculture sector, as it would provide a sustainable and scalable way to reduce methane emissions from livestock.