In this webinar, you will have the opportunity to meet Pavlova, a marine microalgae full of resources
Pavlova is a genus of marine microalgae that has gained significant attention in recent years due to its potential as a source of high-value nutraceuticals. Nutraceuticals are natural compounds with health-promoting properties, which can be used as dietary supplements or functional ingredients in food and beverages. Pavlova offers a range of opportunities for the nutraceutical market, thanks to its unique nutritional and bioactive profile.
One of the most promising applications of Pavlova is as a source of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are crucial for human health, playing a role in brain function, heart health, and immune system regulation. While most omega-3 supplements come from fish or krill, Pavlova offers a vegetarian and sustainable alternative. In fact, studies have shown that Pavlova can contain up to 3-4 times more omega-3s than fish oil, making it a highly concentrated source of this essential nutrient.
Another potential application of Pavlova is as a source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells from oxidative stress, which is linked to a range of chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative disorders. Pavlova is rich in a range of antioxidant compounds, including carotenoids, phycocyanin, and chlorophyll, which have all been shown to have potent antioxidant properties.
Pavlova also offers potential as a source of prebiotic fiber. Prebiotic fibers are indigestible compounds that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can improve digestion, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation. Pavlova contains a range of polysaccharides, which have prebiotic activity and may offer a new source of dietary fiber for the nutraceutical market.
Finally, Pavlova may also have potential as an anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation is a key driver of many chronic diseases, including arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. Some studies have suggested that Pavlova may have anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the presence of bioactive compounds like eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which can modulate the production of inflammatory cytokines.
In conclusion, Pavlova offers a range of opportunities for the nutraceutical market, thanks to its unique nutritional and bioactive profile. Its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, prebiotic fibers, and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a promising candidate for dietary supplements and functional food ingredients. Further research is needed to fully explore the potential of Pavlova and to develop innovative and sustainable methods for its production and commercialization.
Chair: Hiba Zrig
Time: 13.50 – 15.00
13.50 Webinar welcome and EABA presentation
– Carlos Unamunzaga, EABA President and Lisandra Meinerz, Management Assistant EABA
14.00 Pavlova perspectives: from cells to production and potential business model (10 min)
– Hiba Zrig, Varicon Aqua
14.10 High-value compound induction by flashing light in Diacronema (10 min)
– Lisa M. Schüler, GreenCoLab
14.20 Valorization of the Pavlovophyceae based on specific traits of their ecophysiology and biochemistry (10 min)
– Jose Pedro Cañavate, IFAPA El Toruño
14.30 The Haptophyte Diacronema lutheri (Pavlova lutheri): A microalga rich in omega-3 LC-PUFA with potent health benefits. (10 min)
– Freddy Guihéneuf, inalve
14.40 Notes on fundamental and applied biology of the Pavlovales (10 min)
– Mahdi El Bendif, University of Oxford
14.50 Q&A and round up
15.00 end of the webinar
Hiba Zrig, VariconAqua
€ 99,- regular
€ 75,- for EABA members
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