1. The microalga Porphyridium sp. (Rhodophyta) is a potential source for several products like fatty acids, lipids, cell-wall polysaccharides and pigments.
2. The polysaccharides of this species are sulphated and their structure gives rise to some unique properties that could lead to a broad range of industrial and pharmaceutical applications.
3. Additionally,P. cruentumbiomass contains carbohydrates of up to 57% have been reported. Thus, the combined amount of carbohydrates in biomass and exopolysaccharides of this microalga could potentially provide the source for bio-fuel and pharmaceutical.
From Debashish Bhattacharya, at Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers
Chan CX, Yang EC, Banerjee T, Yoon HS, Martone PT, Estevez JM and Bhattacharya (2011) Curr Biol, 21 (4): 328-333.
Genome size (Mb)