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Duckweeds as Promising Food Feedstocks Globally

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Laboratory of Plant Physiological Ecology, Department of Botany, Institute of Biosciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-090, Brazil
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Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura, University of São Paulo, Piracicaba 13416-000, Brazil
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Plant Cell Biology Laboratory, Department of Botany, Institute of Biosciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-090, Brazil
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Agronomy 2022, 12(4), 796; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12040796
Received: 1 January 2022 / Revised: 6 February 2022 / Accepted: 17 February 2022 / Published: 26 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Using Our Agrobiodiversity: Plant-Based Solutions to Feed the World)
Duckweeds are the smallest flowering plants on Earth. They grow fast on water’s surface and produce large amounts of biomass. Further, duckweeds display high adaptability, and species are found around the globe growing under different environmental conditions. In this work, we report the composition of 21 ecotypes of fourteen species of duckweeds belonging to the two subfamilies of the group (Lemnoideae and Wolffioideae). It is reported the presence of starch and the composition of soluble sugars, cell walls, amino acids, phenolics, and tannins. These data were combined with literature data recovered from 85 publications to produce a compiled analysis that affords the examination of duckweeds as possible food sources for human consumption. We compare duckweeds compositions with some of the most common food sources and conclude that duckweed, which is already in use as food in Asia, can be an interesting food source anywhere in the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: duckweed; meal; Lemnoideae; Wolffioideae; aquaculture; carbohydrates; and protein duckweed; meal; Lemnoideae; Wolffioideae; aquaculture; carbohydrates; and protein
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Pagliuso, D.; Grandis, A.; Fortirer, J.S.; Camargo, P.; Floh, E.I.S.; Buckeridge, M.S. Duckweeds as Promising Food Feedstocks Globally. Agronomy 2022, 12, 796. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12040796

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Pagliuso D, Grandis A, Fortirer JS, Camargo P, Floh EIS, Buckeridge MS. Duckweeds as Promising Food Feedstocks Globally. Agronomy. 2022; 12(4):796. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12040796

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Pagliuso, Débora, Adriana Grandis, Janaina S. Fortirer, Plinio Camargo, Eny I.S. Floh, and Marcos S. Buckeridge. 2022. "Duckweeds as Promising Food Feedstocks Globally" Agronomy 12, no. 4: 796. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12040796

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