The Indonesian Seaweed Natural Products

Author

Jana Anggadiredja, Ministry of State for Research and Technology, The Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology, Republic of Indonesia

Proceeding

Trends in Traditional Medicine Research, Proceedings of the International Conference on the Use of Traditional Medicine & Other Natural Products in Health Care

Date

8/6/1993

Keyword

Seaweed, marine algae, edible seaweed, herbal medicine, natural products, algal hydrocolloids, bioactive substances.

Abstract

The Siboga Expedition of 1899 - 1900, collected and identified approximately 555 species of Indonesian seaweeds (marine algae), and about 61 species have been utilized traditionally by Indonesians as food and for various medicinal purposes. Seaweeds contain a variety of chemical compounds and some of these compounds are being used commercially. High-technology industrial development on seaweeds show promise for Indonesia to produce algal hydrocolloids and bioactive substances. For this reason, numerous studies on this topic have been initiated. Some species of Indonesian seaweeds were analyzed for bioactive substances, and some species which were used as herbal medicine were presented.