Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 8, Issue 4–5, pp 303–311 | Cite as

Spirulina (Arthrospira): potential application as an animal feed supplement

  • Amha Belay
  • Toshimitsu Kato
  • Yoshimichi Ota


Spirulina has been used as human food supplement for over 20 years, but its use as an animal feed supplement is relatively recent. This paper reviews earlier studies on its more established effects on growth, survival and tissue quality in a whole range of animals and more recent studies on its immunomodulatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer effects. The basis for potential application as an animal feed supplement is discussed.

Key words

animal feed Arthrospira growth and survival immunomodulation macrophage activation Spirulina 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amha Belay
    • 1
  • Toshimitsu Kato
    • 2
  • Yoshimichi Ota
    • 1
  1. 1.Earthrise FarmsCalipatriaUSA
  2. 2.Biochemical DivisionDainippon Ink & Chemicals Inc.Chuo-Ku, TokyoJapan

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