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Article Number - 376F45B62073


Vol.11(1), pp. 12-17 , January 2017
DOI: 10.5897/AJFS2016.1515
ISSN: 1996-0794



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Nutritional composition of Meristotheca senegalense (Rhodophyta): A new nutrient source



Bodian Moussa Yagame
  • Bodian Moussa Yagame
  • Département de Biologie végétale- Laboratoire de Botanique et de Biodiversité. Faculté des Sciences et techniques, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Sénégal.
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Ayessou Nicolas Cyrille Mensah*
  • Ayessou Nicolas Cyrille Mensah*
  • Laboratoire de Electrochimie et des Procedes, École Supérieure Polytechnique, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, B.P 5085 Dakar Fann, Sénégal.
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Cisse Mady
  • Cisse Mady
  • Laboratoire de Electrochimie et des Procedes, École Supérieure Polytechnique, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, B.P 5085 Dakar Fann, Sénégal.
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Ndiaye Cheikh
  • Ndiaye Cheikh
  • Laboratoire des Biotoxines et Contrôle des Aliments, Institut de Technologie Alimentaire (ITA) Route des Pères Maristes, B.P 2765 Dakar, Sénégal.
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Kandioura Noba
  • Kandioura Noba
  • Département de Biologie végétale- Laboratoire de Botanique et de Biodiversité. Faculté des Sciences et techniques, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Sénégal.
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 Received: 13 September 2016  Accepted: 20 October 2016  Published: 31 January 2017

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Macroalgae are used in diverse global regions. Meristotheca senegalense J. Feldmann, a macroalga species found in a Senegalese bay, was the subject of this study focusing on the chemical and mineral composition. The present study was done in order to evaluate the potential of this macroalgal resource for biomass development and contribution to the economy in Senegal. The results of this study showed that M. senegalense J. Feldmann was relatively a good source of nutrients including fiber (6.67 ± 0.7%) and protein (6.37 ± 0.8%). Mineral analysis also showed significant concentrations of magnesium (216.87 ±12.9 mg/100 g), calcium (81.6 ± 17.5 mg/100 g), iodine (31.16 ± 1.5 mg/kg) and iron (28.13 ± 2.15 mg/100 g). However, zinc and copper 3.31 ± 0.26 and 2.43 ± 0.13 mg/100 g respectively were found at relatively low concentrations. Interestingly, the vitamin B12 content was significant with a content of 20 ± 1.0 mg/kg, potentially allowing for the use of the alga as a supplemental. The nutrient concentrations reported for M. senegalense J. Feldmann suggests that its cultivation and harvest can be a source of diversification in the activities of fishermen. In terms of food consumption, the results also showed that the red alga used in this study can be added to human diets as supplementation and might also be F

Key words: Meristotheca senegalense, nutrient composition, macroalgae, supplementation, food diversification.

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APA Yagame, B. M., Mensah, A. N. C., Mady, C., Cheikh, N., & Noba, K. (2017). Nutritional composition of Meristotheca senegalense (Rhodophyta): A new nutrient source. African Journal of Food Science, 11(1), 12-17.
Chicago Bodian Moussa Yagame, Ayessou Nicolas Cyrille Mensah, Ciss&e Mady, Ndiaye Cheikh and Kandioura Noba. "Nutritional composition of Meristotheca senegalense (Rhodophyta): A new nutrient source." African Journal of Food Science 11, no. 1 (2017): 12-17.
MLA Bodian Moussa Yagame, et al. "Nutritional composition of Meristotheca senegalense (Rhodophyta): A new nutrient source." African Journal of Food Science 11.1 (2017): 12-17.
   
DOI 10.5897/AJFS2016.1515
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/AJFS/article-abstract/376F45B62073

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