Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 110–113 | Cite as

Marine microalgae as a potential source of single cell protein (SCP)

  • Jaime Fabregas
  • Concepcion Herrero
Biotechnology

Summary

The marine microalgaeTetraselmis suecica, Isochrysis galbana, Dunaliella tertiolecta andChlorella stigmatophora are good biological sources of single cell protein (SCP). Protein content accounts for 39.12%–54.20% of the dry matter,D. tertiolecta having the highest. Lysine values are between 3.67 and 4.52 g/100 g of protein, and thus are higher than those for freshwater species. The total nucleic acid content is less than 7% of the dry matter; this value is definitely lower than that for yeasts or bacteria, commonly used as SCP sources. Amino acid profiles of the four species are very similar and comparable to the FAO reference protein, buth with a low content of methionine and cystine and a high content of lysine. The MEAA indices are between 81 and 84.98, without significant differences among the four species. Marine microalgae can be used as a potential SCP source.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaime Fabregas
    • 1
  • Concepcion Herrero
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Microbiologia, Facultades de Farmacia y MedicinaUniversidad de Santiago de CompostelaSpain

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