Istituto di Biofisica     
Vismara R., Vestri S., Kusmic C., Barsanti L., Gualtieri P. Natural vitamin E enrichment of Artemia salina fed freshwater and marine microalgae. In: Journal of Applied Phycology, vol. 15 (1) pp. 75 - 80. Springer, 2003.
Three species of microalga, the freshwater Euglena gracilis and the marine Dunaliella salina and Tetraselmis suecica, were compared in terms of vitamin E enrichment and survival and growth of the brine shrimp Artemia salina. The tocopherol content was investigated using HPLC for the post-larval and pre-adult stages of Artemia fed the microalgae and the results compared to the initial content of unfed newly hatched nauplii. There was a markedly higher content of tocopherols (about two-fold) in Artemia fed Euglena. Since this microalga contains other antioxidants such as -carotene, vitamin C and glutathione, bioactive molecules such as PUFA, and the immunostimulant polysaccharide -glucan, it represents a valuable alternative for enriching the diets of Artemia and increase its nutritional value as a food item.
DOI: 10.1023/A:1022942705496
Subject Dunaliella salina
Euglena gracilis
Tetraselmis suecica

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