Microalgae in Health and Disease Prevention - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128114056

Microalgae in Health and Disease Prevention

1st Edition

Editors: Ira Levine Joël Fleurence
Paperback ISBN: 9780128114056
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 354
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Microalgae in Health and Disease Prevention is a comprehensive reference that addresses the historical and potential use of microalgae, its extracts, secondary metabolites, and molecular constituents for enhancing human health and preventing diseases. Each chapter features an overview, and the book includes coverage of microalgae biology, harmful algae, the use of microalgae in alcohol and food, and as sources of macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The historical use of microalgae, in addition to its potential use as a nutraceutical and cosmeceutical, is also addressed.

The book provides coverage of relevant, up-to-date research as assembled by a group of contributors who are dedicated to the advancement of microalgae use in health, diet and nutrition.

Key Features

  • Discusses research findings on the relationship between microalgal diet, nutrition and human health
  • Presents the medicinal, anti-allergic and psychoactive properties of microalgae
  • Identifies toxic and harmful microalgae
  • Addresses microalgal lipids, proteins and carbohydrates


Researchers and students in phycology, biofuels, nutrient extraction, cosmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, sustainable agriculture, and algal-based biotechnology. This book will benefit courses on algal-based biotechology, non-traditional medicine, and natural product chemistry

Table of Contents

1. Microalgae: A Way of Life and Health
2. Microalgae and Society: Understanding the Past and Present
3. Biology of Microalgae
4. Microalgae Systematics
5. Lipids
6. Carbohydrate Diversity in Microalgae
7. Proteins and Pigments
8. Microalgal Minerals and Trace Elements
9. Microalgae in Medicine and Human Health: A Historical Perspective
10. Microalgae in Human Health: Interest as a functional food
11. Microalgae and Alcohol
12. Anticancer, Antiviral, and Antibacterial Properties in Microalgae
13. Microalgae and Toxins
14. Anti-allergic and Allergic Properties
15. Dermatological applications
16. Microalgal Psychoactive Properties


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About the Editor

Ira Levine

Dr. Ira A. Levine, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Southern Maine, Director of the USM, LAC Aquatic Research Lab (algal genetic engineering, physiological ecology, and new product development). Additionally, Dr. Levine is the President and Board Chair of the Algae Foundation, Executive Director of Professors Beyond Borders, and the CEO of Algal Aquaculture Professionals, LLC. Dr. Levine was awarded the 2016-2017 U.S. State Department Distinguished Chair Fulbright award and the 2009-2010 U.S. State Department, Fulbright New Century Scholar and in 2007-2008 was a visiting professor of biology at Duke University. Dr. Levine combines 33 years of applied and basic research in the molecular, physiological ecology and cultivation of algae, aquatic farming management, and aquaculture engineering. Dr. Levine’s farming experience includes open-ocean and pond cultivation in Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, and USA (Hawaii, Florida, and Maine). Current efforts include algal cultivar enhancement for aquaculture and agriculture feed supplementation, human nutraceuticals and cosmaceuticals, fine chemicals and plant-based biofuels.

Affiliations and Expertise

Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME, USA

Joël Fleurence

Dr. Joel Fleurence, PhD, is Professor of Marine Biology and Biochemistry at Nantes University. He is one of two Directors of the Research Laboratory “Sea, Molecules, Health”. He is member of the University National Council since 2007 and was elected Vice-President of the section “Biology of organisms” since 2011. He is a senior scientist and an international expert on the seaweed valorisation (100 international publications including patents). In 1985, he began his research career in the pharmaceutical industry in the French Company Roussel-Uclaf. In 1990, he was recruited by the Institute of Valorisation of Seaweeds (CEVA, Brittany, France) to lead researches about the chemical composition and nutritional properties of macroalgae. Professor Fleurence has participated in the establishment of the french regulation on marine algae used as sea vegetables. In 1994, he arrives as head of laboratory “Proteins and Quality” at IFREMER (Research French Organism for the Sea Exploitation) and develops research on the nutritional properties of seaweed proteins for use in human or animal food. Since 2002, he is Professor at the University of Nantes and leads research on the development of seaweed uses as protein or pigment sources for the industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Marine Biology and Biochemistry, Laboratory Sea, Molecules, Health, University of Nantes, Nantes, France

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