Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

Sargassum muticum chemistry

Antiherbivory: phenolics (tannins) deter epiphytes and bacteria. Abundant at new tips and in wounds.

Pigments: chlorophylls a,c; fucoxanthin; xanthophylls; carotene

Cell walls: alginate; fucoidin; xylan

Storage: laminarin, mannitol

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Last updated: 05 January 2005         copyright Jacqueline Pratt 1999.  All rights reserved.