BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF SOME SPECIES OF SEAWEEDS FROM KARACHI COASTAL AREA
In many parts of the world seaweeds are used as a source of food, medicines, fertilizers etc. In the present work, biochemical analysis of some selected seaweeds from Karachi coastal were examined. In all fifteen species were studied including green algae (Ulva fasciata, Codium tomentosum,Codium shameelii, Codium iyengarii, Caulerpa racemosa), red algae (Sarconema fucellatum, Campia compressa, Gelidium usmanghanii, Solieria robusta, Osmundea pinnatifida) and brown algae (Sargassum muticum, Stoechospermum marginatum, Stypopodium shameelii, Sargassum swartzii, Sargassum ilicifolium). Biochemical analysis showed occurrence of protein (8.29 to 19.62 %), carbohydrate (11.43 to 24.57 %), lipid (2.65 to 4.97 %) and fiber (19.66 to 28.51%). The outcomes of the study can be used as a base for advance research on seaweed.