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(Science: plant biology) Sulphated cell wall polysaccharide found in certain red algae. Contains repeating sulphated disaccharides of galactose and (sometimes) anhydrogalactose.

It is used commercially as an emulsifier and thickener in foods and is also used to induce an inflammatory lesion when injected into experimental animals (probably activates complement).

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... aquaculture, and there is increasing interest in developing transgenic algae for applications such as food, animal feed, polysaccharides (e. g., carrageenan), pharmaceuticals, fuel, and bioremediation (e. g., Stevens and Purton 1997, Ask and Azanza 2002). Transgenic unicellular algae are being ...

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