Cladosiphon okamuranus

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Cladosiphon okamuranus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Chromista
Phylum: Gyrista
Subphylum: Ochrophytina
Class: Phaeophyceae
Order: Ectocarpales
Family: Chordariaceae
Genus: Cladosiphon
C. okamuranus
Binomial name
Cladosiphon okamuranus
Japanese "Mozuku" dish

Cladosiphon okamuranus (モズク;水雲;藻付;海蘊;海雲, mozuku) is a type of edible seaweed in the genus Cladosiphon, naturally found in Okinawa, Japan. Most mozuku is now farmed by locals, and sold to processing factories. The main use of mozuku is as food, and as a source of one type of sulfated polysaccharide called Fucoidan, which has been studies as a cancer treatment in rats, and as a health supplement.

Mozuku biology[edit]

A group of researchers from Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University conducting DNA research decoded S-strain genome for Cladosiphon okamuranus and found that its size was roughly 140 Mbp and smaller relative to other brown alga. They also made a rough estimate on the number of genes C. okamuranus has and found 13,640 genes.[1]


  1. ^ Nishitsuji, Koki; Arimoto, Asuka; Iwai, Kenji; Sudo, Yusuke; Hisata, Kanako (Dec 2016). "A draft genome of the brown alga, Cladosiphon okamuranus, S-strain: a platformfor future studies of 'mozuku' biology". DNA Research. 23 (6): 561–570. doi:10.1093/dnares/dsw039. PMC 5144679. PMID 27501718.

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