Seasonal and within-plant variation in fatty acid content and composition in the brown seaweed Spatoglossum macrodontum (Dictyotales, Phaeophyceae)

Gosch, Björn J., Paul, Nicholas A., de Nys, Rocky, and Magnusson, Marie (2015) Seasonal and within-plant variation in fatty acid content and composition in the brown seaweed Spatoglossum macrodontum (Dictyotales, Phaeophyceae). Journal of Applied Phycology, 27 (1). pp. 387-398.

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We investigated seasonal and within-plant variation in total fatty acids (TFAs) and biomass increase in the tropical brown seaweed Spatoglossum macrodontum which was sampled from Magnetic Island (Queensland, Australia) at monthly intervals over 1 year. In this habitat, S. macrodontum is an annual species with a growth period from June to September where mean biomass changed from 8- to 136-g fresh weight. Although TFA content and fatty acid (FA) composition were not directly correlated to individual plant size, there was clear seasonal variation in TFA content with a peak in July (82.7 mg g−1 dry weight (dw)) followed by a 30 % decline in August and little subsequent variation from September to November (65.9–55.5 mg g−1 dw). The FA profile was rich in polyunsaturated FAs (PUFAs) (39 %); however, there was a change to a higher percentage of saturated FAs (SFAs) (42 %) and reduced PUFA (31 %) as plants reached the end of the growth period. Averaged across sampling periods, TFA content ranged from 77 mg g−1 dw in the tips to 30 mg g−1 dw in the base section. While PUFA content (37–38 %) was similar across sections, the base had less SFAs and a higher content of monounsaturated FAs (MUFAs) (29 %). These results are the first data on the seasonal biomass increase and the temporal and internal variations in FAs for this species with important implications when targeting large brown seaweeds as a source of FAs for nutraceuticals (PUFA(n-3), 21.8 % of TFA) or chemicals (C18:1 (n-9), 17.6 % of TFA).

Item ID: 32667
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-5176
Keywords: algae, Spatoglossum, fatty acid, Omega-3, nutraceutical, macroalgae
Funders: Advanced Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (AMCRC), Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centre Scheme
Projects and Grants: MBD Energy Research and Development program
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 02:11
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060701 Phycology (incl Marine Grasses) @ 50%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1003 Industrial Biotechnology > 100302 Bioprocessing, Bioproduction and Bioproducts @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820399 Industrial Crops not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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