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Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria

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GONZALEZ-DELGADO, Ángel Darío; BARAJAS-SOLANO, Andrés Fernando  and  ARDILA-ALVAREZ, Ana María. Biomass and protein production of Chlorella vulgaris Beyerinck (Chlorellales: Chlorellaceae) via the design of selective culture media. Corpoica cienc. tecnol. agropecu. [online]. 2017, vol.18, n.3, pp.451-461. ISSN 0122-8706.

In recent years, it has become more frequent the use of alternative culture media that use phosphorus and nitrogen sources as well as microelements, instead of using the more traditional ones. Therefore, in this study two mixotrophic culture media were designed with different sodium nitrate, potassium phosphate and sodium acetate/ammonium carbonate concentrations as carbon source, to evaluate the biomass and protein production of the microalgae Chlorella vulgaris Beyerinck. A Pareto diagram and a response surface plot were generated in order to know the significant influence that the study variables have on protein production. The results showed that higher biomass production (3.72 g/L for the culture with acetate and 2.17 g/L for the one with carbonate) are directly related to sodium nitrate (1.96 mM) and potassium phosphate (2.11 mM). In addition, the maximum protein values obtained were 60% and 34% for acetate and carbonate cultures, respectively, both with 2.94 mM of sodium nitrate. Finally, the Pareto diagram showed that for the culture based on acetate there was no significant variables that influenced protein production; whereas the culture with carbonate, sodium nitrate and potassium phosphate influenced significantly the production of this metabolite.

Keywords : Data analysis; Biomass; Microalgae; Total protein.

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