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Chemistry of Tropical Eucheumatoids: Potential for Food and Feed Applications

Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, University of Napoli Federico II, 80100 Napoli, Italy
Department of Biology, University of Napoli Federico II, 80126 Napoli, Italy
National Research Council-Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry, 80078 Pozzuoli, Italy
School of Ocean Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu 20130, Malaysia
Interdepartmental Research Centre for Environment, University of Naples Federico II, 80134 Naples, Italy
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Academic Editor: Philippe Michaud
Biomolecules 2021, 11(6), 804;
Received: 30 March 2021 / Revised: 26 May 2021 / Accepted: 27 May 2021 / Published: 29 May 2021
The use of seaweeds as additives in animal nutrition may be a valid option to traditional feed as they represent a rich source of minerals, carbohydrates and antioxidants. The aim of this study was to analyze the chemical composition and in vitro antioxidant capacity of two tropical eucheumatoids, Kappaphycus alvarezii and Kappaphycus striatus, in Malaysian wild offshore waters. The chemical analysis was performed via inductively coupled plasma–optical emission spectroscopy for evaluating the concentration of toxic (Cd, Pb, Hg, As) and essential elements (Mn, Fe, Cu, Ni, Zn, Se); NMR spectroscopy was used for carrageenans investigation. Furthermore, the soluble and fat-soluble antioxidant capacities were determined by FRAP, DPPH and ABTS assays. The chemical analysis revealed a higher content of trace elements in K. alvarezii as compared to K. striatus, and both exhibited a high mineral content. No significant differences in metal concentrations were found between the two species. Both samples showed a mixture of prevailing κ- and t-carrageenans. Finally, the levels of soluble and fat-soluble antioxidants in K. alvarezii were significantly higher than in K. striatus. Our findings suggest that K. alvarezii could be used as a potential feed additive because of its favorable chemical and nutritional features. View Full-Text
Keywords: Kappaphycus; feed additive; heavy metals; trace elements; antioxidants Kappaphycus; feed additive; heavy metals; trace elements; antioxidants
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Ariano, A.; Musco, N.; Severino, L.; De Maio, A.; Tramice, A.; Tommonaro, G.; Damiano, S.; Genovese, A.; Olanrewaju, O.S.; Bovera, F.; Guerriero, G. Chemistry of Tropical Eucheumatoids: Potential for Food and Feed Applications. Biomolecules 2021, 11, 804.

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Ariano A, Musco N, Severino L, De Maio A, Tramice A, Tommonaro G, Damiano S, Genovese A, Olanrewaju OS, Bovera F, Guerriero G. Chemistry of Tropical Eucheumatoids: Potential for Food and Feed Applications. Biomolecules. 2021; 11(6):804.

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Ariano, Andrea, Nadia Musco, Lorella Severino, Anna De Maio, Annabella Tramice, Giuseppina Tommonaro, Sara Damiano, Angelo Genovese, Oladokun S. Olanrewaju, Fulvia Bovera, and Giulia Guerriero. 2021. "Chemistry of Tropical Eucheumatoids: Potential for Food and Feed Applications" Biomolecules 11, no. 6: 804.

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