Developing the edible seaweed market in India

D. Balasubramanian writes in thehindu.com that about 844 seaweed species are documented from India, a country with a coast line of 7,500 km. Peninsular India from Gujarat all way to Odisha and West Bengal has a coast line of 5,200 km, and Andaman and Nicobar together have a coast…

Seaweeds and human evolution

Birgitte Svennevig writes in Phys.org about, millions of years ago, early Homo sapiens branching out from the primitive hominoid family tree – possibly a crucial turn in human evolution – partly driven by seaweed and its particular content of essential nutrients. Our ancestors needed lots of energy-rich foods just…

Can seaweeds clean up our mess?

Karen Phillips writes for deeperblue.com that algae are the alveoli in the ocean lungs of our planet, vitally important to the health of the seas as home, food source, sanctuary and above all the source of over half the oxygen on this planet. In coral seas there are two main kinds of flora – the microalgae that live within the coral…

Brown algae most studied for use in feed

Emmy Koeleman writes in All About Feed & Dairy Global about a review in the Journal of Animal Feed Science and Technology that looked at the different seaweeds available and how they can be used for ruminants, pigs, poultry and rabbits. Seaweeds are valuable alternative feeds for livestock…

Macroalgae study documents its food value

In a study just published in Phycologia, alga researchers compiled existing data from the scientific literature with respect to contents of compounds that are known to decrease certain risks associated with cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The study provides further support to the idea that one of the best…

Seaweeds explored as nutritional solutions in India

Dr. Vaibhav Mantri and Dr. C R K Reddy write in fnbnews.com that India, being among the most poverty-stricken regions in the world, is limited in the availability of nutrient-rich food for the large population in the lower economic strata. In bringing affordable nutrition to these people, the authors say…