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Edible Seaweeds of the World

1st Edition

By Leonel Pereira

CRC Press

463 pages | 35 Color Illus. | 64 B/W Illus.

Choice Award Winner
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Seaweed is used in many countries for very different purposes - directly as food, especially in sushi, as a source of phycocolloids, extraction of compounds with antiviral, antibacterial or antitumor activity and as biofertilizers. About four million tons of seaweed are harvested annually worldwide. Of the various species known, less than 20 account for 90% of the biomass exploited commercially. This book details 147 species of edible seaweed, including scientific name and respective common names, geographic location, nutritional composition, uses and is extensively illustrated.


Selected for the Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) Award 2017 by CHOICE magazine.

"This book is a worthy successor to Marine Algae: Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Environmental Assessment and Biotechnology…An excellent resource for the beginning phycologist up through experts in the field."

S. T. Meiers, Western Illinois University, in CHOICE

Table of Contents

Introduction - Role of Algae in Nature, Main Taxonomic Groups of Marine Algae, Importance of Algae for Mankind (Historical Overview), Marine Algae and Health. Seaweed and the Food Industry - Phycocolloids, Agar, Alginate, Carrageenan. Nutritional Composition of Edible Seaweed - Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals. Edible Marine Algae Listed by Geographic Region - North Atlantic (Europe and North America) Chlorophyta, Ochrophyta (Phaeophyceae), Rhodophyta. South Atlantic (Africa and South America) Chlorophyta, Ochrophyta, Rhodophyta. Pacific West, Northwest and Southwest (Alaska, California, Mexico, Chile) Chlorophyta, Ochrophyta, Rhodophyta. Pacific Islands (Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanesia) and Hawaii Chlorophyta, Ochrophyta, Rhodophyta. East Asia (China, Japan, Korea) Chlorophyta, Ochrophyta, Rhodophyta. Indo-Pacific (China, Indochina, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand) Chlorophyta, Ochrophyta, Rhodophyta. Bibliography. Index of Species. Index of Common Names. Index of illustrations/photos. Glossary.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology