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    Microalgae Genus Haslea as Marine Biological Resources and Potential Applications

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    BANDUNG-Riung Karsa (Superior Research Unpad And Cooperation For Prosperous People) was held again. This time the research project identified the biodiversity and chemistry of the diatom microalgae Genus Haslea, named GhaNa (Genus Haslea, New marine resources for Aquaculture) Project.

    In the Unpad Public Relation press release, GhaNA ect aims to explore and characterize marine biological resources, for sustainable applications of biotechnology in the fields of aquaculture, cosmetics and possible also in the food industry and health industry. In addition, this research is also aimed at developing large-scale production for industrial applications by maximizing the production of biomass and other high-value compounds, including terpenoids, marennine pigments, lipids and silica-based skeletons.

    The project that gets a grant from EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and runs from 2017 to 2021 is chaired by prof. Jean-Luc Mouget from Universite Le Mans, France.

    A total of 21 academic institutions from 12 countries joined in this project, namely France (Universite Le Mans, Universite de Nantes, IFREMER), England (Cardiff University), Greece (Panepistimio Kritis), Poland (Uniwersytet Szczecinski), Denmark (Kobenhavns Universitet), Spain (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Switzerland (Zurcher Hochschule Fur Angewandte Wissenschaften), Algeria (Université D'Oran), Indonesia (Padjadjaran University, Brawijaya University, Tanjungpura University), Vietnam (University of Saigon), Canada (Université Laval , Université du Québec à Rimouski, Mount Allison University), USA (Stony Brook University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Arkansas, University of Tasmania).

    In addition, there is an industrial partner from France, Microphyt SA. Currently, Unpad researchers participating in the GhaNA project come from various faculties incorporated in the Center for Molecular Biotechnology Research and Bioinformatics, led by Prof. Toto Subroto, M.S., with team members Muhammad Yusuf, Ph.D and Fiddy Semba Prasetiya, S.Pi., M.Sc., Ph.D. Unpad's main focus in this project is the determination of the chemical structure of the marennine molecule, which until now is unknown.

    During two years of participation Unpad armed with the expertise of biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical science, and marine biology, researchers have succeeded in finding several research results that direct the discovery of the exact structure of the marennine. This plays an important role in the determination of marennine structures that have not been successfully determined hundreds of years by researchers in the world.

    With the discovery of the exact structure of marennine, the exploration of this biopigment in the field of food and health will be more clear and directed. Haslea genus with species type Haslea Ostrearia, capable of producing marennine. Marennine is a water-soluble pigment commonly used for greening shells in Western France.Jo

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