Abid Ali Ansari, Sulaiman Mohammad Ghanem, M Naeem
Owing to its exceptional potential and efficiency to produce various biochemical, novel compounds and metabolites, Padina has received a great attention from the researchers all over the world. Padina is commonly available brown alga from the marine coastal regions. Padina can be utilized as food, fodder, plant growth promoter and bio-fertilizer. The brown alga is well known and being utilized for its antimicrobial, insecticidal, antioxidants, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, hypo-allergenic, hepatoprotective and antidiabetic activities. The macroalgae like Padina play important role in environmental monitoring and management of coastal marine ecosystems. They can be considered as biological indicators and can also be utilized in the phytoremediation; for the management of contaminants in coastal marine ecosystems. The outcome of this short review will help the workers in this field to understand the agricultural, medicinal, economic and environmental importance of this brown alga.