Chapter 37. Nutraceuticals and Bioactives from Marine Algae

  1. Associate Professor Cesarettin Alasalvar2,
  2. Professor Fereidoon Shahidi3,
  3. Professor Kazuo Miyashita4 and
  4. Dr Udaya Wanasundara5
  1. S. P. J. Namal Senanayake,
  2. Naseer Ahmed and
  3. Jaouad Fichtali

Published Online: 2 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325546.ch37

Handbook of Seafood Quality, Safety and Health Applications

Handbook of Seafood Quality, Safety and Health Applications

How to Cite

Senanayake, S. P. J. N., Ahmed, N. and Fichtali, J. (2010) Nutraceuticals and Bioactives from Marine Algae, in Handbook of Seafood Quality, Safety and Health Applications (eds C. Alasalvar, F. Shahidi, K. Miyashita and U. Wanasundara), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325546.ch37

Editor Information

  1. 2

    TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Centre, Food Institute, Gebze/Kocaeli, Turkey

  2. 3

    Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada

  3. 4

    Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, Hakodate, Japan

  4. 5

    POS Pilot Plant Corporation, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Author Information

  1. Martek Biosciences Corporation, Winchester, KY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180702

Online ISBN: 9781444325546



  • nutraceuticals and bioactives from marine algae;
  • marine algae, prokaryotic or eukaryotic - and in evolutionary terms, recent or very ancient;
  • dinoflagellates, early eukaryotic marine algae - phototrophic and/or heterotrophic, part of marine plankton;
  • phycobilins, complex photoreceptor pigments - in cyanobacteria and chloroplasts of Rhodophyta (the red algae), glaucophytes and Cryptophyceae;
  • chromophore distribution in marine algae;
  • marine algae, sources of polysaccharides;
  • carrageenan, powder extracted - from species of red algae, farmed and processed;
  • algal polysaccharides, human and animal health application - as dietary fibre and antiviral agents;
  • omega-3 oils - nutritional importance of n-3 PUFA, increasing markedly;
  • microalgae, cultured in bioreactors - producing nutritionally important PUFA


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Carotenoids

  • Phycobilins

  • Polysaccharides

  • Omega-3 oils

  • Conclusions

  • References