Characterization of additional zinc ions on the growth, biochemical composition and photosynthetic performance from Spirulina platensis

Ting Zhou, Jingjing Wang, Hongli Zheng, Xiaodan Wu, Yunpu Wang, Mingzhi Liu, Shuyu Xiang, Leipeng Cao, Roger Ruan, Yuhuan Liu

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Abstract

In this study, the effect of various initial Zn2+ concentration additionally on microalgae growth and biochemical composition were investigated. The Spirulina platensis biomass of each concentration reached the maximum at the end of the cultivation. However, high levels could severely inhibit the growth of microalgae. Fluorescence activity occurred changes in response to heavy metal stress. Moreover, biochemical composition in Spirulina platensis altered under zinc stress, and the highest contents of phycocyanin (PC), Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a), Carotenoid and zinc accumulation were obtained. The proportion of saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids increased constantly in response to Zn2+ exposure. Overall, this study indicated that the use of Spirulina platensis is a viable method for treating zinc containing wastewater and harvested microalgae can be processed into high-zinc products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-291
Number of pages7
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume269
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Chlorophyll fluorescence activity
  • Fatty acids
  • Photosynthetic pigments
  • Spirulina platensis
  • Zinc ions

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