|Title||Effect of mechanical pretreatment on Nannochloropsis gaditana on the extraction of omega-3 by using accelerated solvent extraction technology|
|Publication Type||Articolo su Rivista peer-reviewed|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Iovine, A., Cerbone A., Mehariya S., Musmarra D., Casella P., and Molino Antonio|
|Journal||Chemical Engineering Transactions|
The omega-3 group includes substances as eicosapentaenoic acid and docosapentaenoic acid that can be partially synthesized by human body and substances as alpha-linolenic acid that have to be necessarily introduced into the body from dietary intake. Omega-3 are important nutrients thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties and healthy properties in the reduction of cardiovascular diseases. The growth forecasts of omega-3 market will lead to an increase in the demand for EPA and DHA and therefore finding new potential sources, such as microalgae which are the first EPA and DHA producers in the marine environment, is very important. The aim of this work is to evaluate the feasibility of mechanical pretreatment on Nannochloropsis gaditana as source of EPA and at the same time evaluating the effect on the extraction yield of two solvents: a mixture of chloroform/methanol/water (Bligh & Dyer methods) and hexane that is GRAS (generally recognized as safe solvent) by using accelerated solvent extraction technology. Copyright © 2019, AIDIC Servizi S.r.l.
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