Health benefits of microalgae and their microbiomes


Microalgae comprise a phylogenetically very diverse group of photosynthetic unicellular pro- and eukaryotic organisms growing in marine and other aquatic environments. While they are well explored for the generation of biofuels, their potential as a source of antimicrobial and prebiotic substances have recently received increasing interest. Within this framework, microalgae may offer solutions to the societal challenge we face, concerning the lack of antibiotics treating the growing level of antimicrobial resistant bacteria and fungi in clinical settings. While the vast majority of microalgae and their associated microbiota remain unstudied, they may be a fascinating and rewarding source for novel and more sustainable antimicrobials and alternative molecules and compounds. In this review, we present an overview of the current knowledge on health benefits of microalgae and their associated microbiota. Finally, we describe remaining issues and limitation, and suggest several promising research potentials that should be given attention.


DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.14082

Projects: AquaHealth (ERA-BlueBio)

Publication type: Journal

Journal: Microbial Biotechnology

Citation: Microbial Biotechnology,1751-7915.14082

Date Published: 29th May 2022

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Authors: Ines Krohn, Simon Menanteau‐Ledouble, Gunhild Hageskal, Yekaterina Astafyeva, Pierre Jouannais, Jeppe Lund Nielsen, Massimo Pizzol, Alexander Wentzel, Wolfgang R. Streit

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Krohn, I., Menanteau‐Ledouble, S., Hageskal, G., Astafyeva, Y., Jouannais, P., Nielsen, J. L., Pizzol, M., Wentzel, A., & Streit, W. R. (2022). Health benefits of microalgae and their microbiomes. In Microbial Biotechnology (Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp. 1966–1983). Wiley.

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