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Why is it important to use algae in aquaculture?

Algae and especially microalgae are very promising into eventual biotechnological applications. Indeed, microalgae are unique compared to other living organisms thanks to their valuable biochemical compounds for aquaculture, human health food, biofuels and other applications. Recently, studies on the oleaginous microalgae, for instance, those from the genus Chlorella , have emerged their uses for commercial exploitations with applications focused on nutrition and aquaculture uses. Chlorella minutissima has outstanding features in health and nutrition; and it could play an important part in aquaculture improvement methods as it produces significant amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Microalgae are considered to be among the promising feedstocks for aquaculture in the future. For this end Chlorella minutissima is an oil-rich green alga, was studied in many reports as a source of long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFA) to replace control diet without microalgae for rotifers, which serve in turn as food for early stages of fish.

Author(s): Nihed Ben Halima