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Southern Australian seaweeds: a promising resource for omega-3 fatty acids

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posted on 2023-05-19, 19:05 authored by Matthias SchmidMatthias Schmid, Kraft, LGK, van der Loos, LM, Kraft, GT, Patti VirtuePatti Virtue, Peter NicholsPeter Nichols, Catriona HurdCatriona Hurd
To assess the suitability of southern-Australian macroalgae as potential marine resources for fatty acids (FA), and in particular polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), analysis of 61 species, comprising of 11 Chlorophyta, 17 Phaeophyceae (Ochrophyta) and 33 Rhodophyta, was conducted. Total fatty acid (TFA) concentrations varied considerably (between 0.6 and 7.8 in % of dry weight (DW)) between species, with on average the highest concentrations being in the Phaeophyceae, then the Chlorophyta, and with the Rhodophyta recording the lowest average concentrations. Results revealed significant differences in the fatty acid profiles of the three algal groups. Most species exhibit high proportions of PUFA in their fatty acid profile and a low ratio of n-6/n-3 PUFA. These properties highlight the potential for southern-Australian macroalgae to be used for these FA in food, animal feed and nutraceutical applications.


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Food Chemistry








Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


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