1st Edition

Algae for Food
Cultivation, Processing and Nutritional Benefits

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ISBN 9780367762087
October 26, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
312 Pages 14 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Algae are a primitive living photosynthetic form and they are the oldest living organism. In the marine ecosystem, algae are the primary producers that supplies energy required to a diverse marine organism and especially seaweed provide habitat for invertebrates and fishes. There have been significant advances in many areas of phycology. This book describes the advances related to food and nutrition of algae achieved in the last decades, also identifies gaps in the present knowledge and needs for future. The 17 chapters of the book grouped into six parts are written by phycologists. More insight on industrial exploitation of algae and their products are supported by current studies and will help academia. First part explains new technologies to improve the microalgal biomass, strain improvement and different methods of seaweed cultivation. In second part, food and nutraceutical applications of algae, food safety aspects, green nanotechnology and formulation methods for the extraction, isolation of algal functional foods are described. The third part deals with the pigments and carotenoids while the fourth part exploits the isolation and applications of hydrocolloids, nutritional implication of algal polysaccharides, characterization and bioactivities of fucoidans. In the fifth part, biomedical potential of seaweeds followed by agricultural applications of algae have been well described. It is an important resource for scholars that provide knowledge on wide range of topics.

Key features

1.Covers important fields of algae right from biomass production to genetic engineering aspects of algae.

2.Useful in the field of Algal biotechnology, Aquaculture, Marine micro and Macrobiology, Microbial biotechnology, Bioprocess technology

3. Focuses on therapeutic and nutritional areas of algae

Table of Contents

Micro and Macroalgae – An updated view

Mangaiyarkarasi Na, K Arunkumarb, K. Nayanab, Arun Alagarsamyc, Rathinam Rajad and Isabel S Carvalhod


New technologies to improve the yield of microalgae biomass

Archanaa Sundararaghavan and G.K. Suraishkumar

Commercial cultivation of Dunaliella salina for the production of beta-carotene

Ntzouvaras Alexander

Microalgal strain improvement and genetic engineering for enhanced biomass and metabolite yields

Taylor J. Wassa, Reuben B. Brown, Ajam Y. Shekha and Peer M. Schenk

Novel methods to improve the biomass of seaweeds

Veeragurunathan Vac, Monica Gajanan Kavaleb and K. Eswaranac


Food and Nutraceutical Applications of Algae

K.R. Jayappriyan, B. Baskar, M. Vijayakumar, A. Brabakaran, R. Rajkumar, and S. Elumalai

Algae and food safety

Gunasekaran Bharath, Velmurugan Aswini and K.M. Gothandam

Algal Food and Relevant Green Nanotechnology

Kelvii Wei GUO

Extraction, isolation and formulation methods of algal functional foods

Makawita GIPS and Indira Wickramasinghe

Microalgae: The functional food, feed and pollution mitigating tool

Santhanam P, S. Dinesh Kumar, M. Divya, N. Krishnaveni and P. Perumal


Pigments from microalgae

Vasumathi KKa, K. Sundara and M. Premalathab

Cancer treatment with microalgae carotenoids: A myth or a reality

Jorge Olmos, Gretel Mendoza and Silvia Pitones


Hydrocolloids from marine macroalgae: Isolation and Applications

Yashaswini Devi G. V, Jayachandran Venkatesan and Sukumaran Anil

Nutritional implication of algal polysaccharides

Partha Pratim Bose and Urmimala Chatterjee

Algae polysaccharides as nutraceuticals: Isolation, characterization and bioactivities of fucoidans

Signe H. Ptak and Xavier C. Frette

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Potential of Marine macroalgae in modulating chronic disease pathologies

Meenakshi Bhardwaj and Hannah R. Vasanthi

Applications of Algae in agriculture

Kanagam N, T. Kalaivani, M. Sanyukthaa, V. Chandra and C. Rajasekaran

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Dr. Rathinam Raja pursued his Ph.D. in microalgae at University of Madras on 2004. Currently he is working as an Auxiliary Investigator at University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal. Previously worked in different countries (Taiwan, South Korea and IIT Madras) as a Post-Doctoral Scientist. He also worked as a Lead Scientist at Aquatic Energy LLC, Louisiana for couple of years. He has published 27 international articles and 11 book chapters.

Dr. Shanmugam Hemaiswarya, received her Ph.D from Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, India followed by research experience at University of Algarve, Portugal. She received a three year Women Scientist (WOS-A) fellowship from Department of Science and Technology, India and completed the project at AUKBC Research Centre, Anna University, Chennai. She is currently working as a Project Officer at Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras. She has published 28 international publications, 12 book chapters and co-authored a book.

Prof. K. Arunkumar obtained his M.Sc. in Botany and Master of Philosophy in Botany from Bharathidasan University and Ph.D. from University of Madras, India during 1999. Having specialized in physiology and extraction chemistry, he worked in Rubber Research Institute of India during 1997-1999. Later, he joined as an Assistant Professor in the year 1999. Since then he is concentrating on applied researches of algal diversity, biology and biochemistry. He has published 62 research articles of which 40 are Scopus indexed and guided 5 Ph.D’s by attracting grants from Government of India funding Agencies (UGC/DST/SERB). He offers 4 credits MOOC Biomass Characterization for Postgraduates through UGC-SWAYAM portal. Currently he is heading the Department of Plant Sciences and Dean of student welfare, Central University of Kerala, India.

Dr. Isabel S Carvalho pursued Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry at University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is working as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, published 48 international publications and 10 book chapters. Expertise on Biochemistry of plants and natural compounds with medicinal properties (functional foods) focusing on traditional food plants for nutrition. The research activities are focused on the biochemical and pharmacological characterization of natural compounds from plant/algae origin, and the valorisation of these compounds in the medical and agrochemical areas and related this compounds accumulation with identification and expression of the genes and enzymes that participate in biosynthesis process of secondary metabolites.