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Production and utilization of the blue-green alga Spirulina in India

Becker, E. W. and Venkataraman, L. V. (1984) Production and utilization of the blue-green alga Spirulina in India. Biomass, 4 (2). pp. 105-125.

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nitiated by Indo-German cooperation on large-scale cultivation of microalgae, aspects of production, processing and utilization of the blue-green alga (cyanobacterium) Spirulina platensis were studied with regard to Indian conditions, with the immediate objective of utilizing the algal biomass at rural levels as animal feed. Thus, simple techniques involving less energy and capital were tested for their suitability. The algal material produced was analyzed for its chemical composition, nutritional quality, supplementary value and toxicological safety. The results obtained demonstrated that Spirulina represents an unobjectionable source of unconventional protein of good quality. Short-term feeding tests with rats did not reveal any negative symptoms which would impair the utilization of Spirulina as food or feed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: alga; Spirulina; single cell protein; India; cultivation; nutritional value; toxicology
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 07 Life Sciences > 04 Microbiology > 01 Algae
Divisions: Food Microbiology
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2016 10:00
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2016 10:00
URI: http://ir.cftri.res.in/id/eprint/10812

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