Microalgae as a Sustainable Source of Nutraceuticals

Md Nazmul Islam, Faisal Alsenani, Peer M. Schenk

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    Microalgae have become a popular target in the research community and biotechnology industry based on findings that many microalgal strains are very good sources of various nutraceuticals, such as vitamins, carotenoids, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), and phytosterols. In principle, microalgae cultivation can be carried out independent of freshwater supply and does not compete with arable land or biodiverse landscapes. Microalgae are considered an ideal source for the sustainable production of physiologically active compounds. This chapter provides a brief overview of the different nutraceutical compounds currently reported to be available in microalgae. Under stress condition, two well-known species of microalgae, Dunaliella salina and Haematococcus pluvialis, accumulate considerable amounts of β-carotene and astaxanthin, respectively. Moreover, D. salina is the leading producer of carotenoids among all types of food sources and therefore, this salt-tolerant microalga is the most popular species for the algae biotechnology industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMicrobial Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
    Editors Vijai Kumar Gupta, Helen Treichel, Volha (Olga) Shapaval, Luiz Antonio de Oliveira, Maria G. Tuohy
    PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)9781119048961
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2017


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