Algae potential to cut antibiotics

[France] French researchers have been exploring the potential of algae for boosting the immune systems of animals and reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock farming.

Past studies have shown that the cell wall of macroalgae, or seaweed, contains large quantities of sulphated polysaccharides. These have a range of biological properties, including anticoagulant, antimicrobial, antitumoral and immunomodulatory.

Olmix and INRA join forces

Now a research partnership, set up by Olmix Group, global leaders in macroalgal biorefinery, and France’s top agricultural research organisation INRA, have joined forces to explore the potential of isolated algal extracts rich in sulphated polysaccharides.

 

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