PhD-student currently working in this area:
Iodine is an essential element highly enriched in macroalgae. Its exact physiological role in algae is so far unknown, but it might play a role in the reduction of cellular damage due to oxidative processes. High seaweed consumption leads to elevated iodine concentrations in the body.
As shown for sheep iodine is efficiently transported through milk and placenta and can enrich in keratin-rich tissue, like horn.
- Some aspects of the iodine metabolism of the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera (phaeophyceae)
- Iodine excretion and accumulation in seaweed-eating sheep from Orkney, Scotland
- Environmental Chemistry 2006
- Monitoring the Arsenic and Iodine Exposure of Seaweed-Eating North Ronaldsay Sheep from the Gestational and Suckling Periods to Adulthood by Using Horns as a Dietary Archive