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


Schmid, M and Kraft, LGK and van der Loos, LM and Kraft, GT and Virtue, P and Nichols, PD and Hurd, CL, Southern Australian seaweeds: a promising resource for omega-3 fatty acids, Food Chemistry, 265 pp. 70-77. ISSN 0308-8146 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2018.05.060


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fatty acids, seaweeds, nutrition, macroalgae, fatty acid profiles, LC-PUFA, EPA, omega-3 fatty acids
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Phycology (incl. marine grasses)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Other plant production and plant primary products
Objective Field:Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Schmid, M (Dr Matthias Schmid)
UTAS Author:Kraft, LGK (Dr Lesleigh Kraft)
UTAS Author:Virtue, P (Associate Professor Patti Virtue)
UTAS Author:Nichols, PD (Dr Peter Nichols)
UTAS Author:Hurd, CL (Professor Catriona Hurd)
ID Code:126812
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:45
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-06-26
Last Modified:2018-11-15

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