Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

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Fatty acid composition of twelve algae from the coastal zones of Qatar

  • Helmi I. Heiba
  • Hala S. Al-Easa
  • Abdel-Fattah M. Rizk


Fatty acid compositions of twelve algal species from two different classes were determined. Three Chlorophyta species (Acetabularia calyculus, Cladophora sericoides and Dictyosphaeria cavernosa) and nine Phaeophyta species (Colpomenia sinuosa, Cystoseria trinodis, Dictyota cervicornis, Hormophysa triquetra, Padina gymnospora, Sargassum binderi, S. boveanum, S. denticulatum and S. heteromorpha) were investigated. Thirty-four fatty acids were identified. Myristic, palmitic, oleic, linoleic, eicosodienic and lignoceric acids were predominant in all examined algal species. Branched saturated fatty acids were also found in all investigated species except Cladophora serricoides.

Chlorophyta Fatty acids Phaeophyta 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmi I. Heiba
    • 1
  • Hala S. Al-Easa
    • 2
  • Abdel-Fattah M. Rizk
    • 2
  1. 1.National Center of Radiation Research and TechnologyCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceThe University of QatarDoha-Qatar

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