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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
Evaluation of two Portuguese strains of Botryococcus braunii as biofuel feedstock

Participants in the publication
Tavares Joao (Author)
Dep. Biologia Vegetal
Pardal Tiago (Author)
Melo Ricardo (Author)
Dep. Biologia Vegetal
MARE-ULisboa - Centro de Ciências do Mar e Ambiente-ULisboa

Summary
ACOI 58 and ACOI 1257, two different Portuguese strains of colonial green microalga Botryococcus bruanii Kutz obtained from Coimbra Collection of Algae (ACOI), were evaluated on their potential for biofuel production, which was assessed from batch culture in photobioreactors under indoors and outdoors conditions using pretreated waste water and semisynthetic culture media. In the experiments, the maximum specific growth rate achieved was 0.4 day-1 with doubling times ranging from 2 to 7 days in the fastest growing phase. However, both strains showed ability to absorb nutrients in waste water cultures, to grow and accumulate oil. The maximum lipid extraction on a dry matter basis was 36% in CHU media and 29% in waste water cultures, which revealed the promising potential of these B. braunii isolates to be used in biofuel production applications. This is also supported by the predominance of oleic (C18:1, 42 to 63%) and palmitic acid (C16:0, 8 to 18%) in the lipid extract, since the methyl esters of these fatty acids (FAME) are ideal for biodiesel production. In summary, although these strains of B. braunii have presented a typical growth for this species, they produced considerable lipid content and were able to grow in waste water and under outdoors conditions that warrants further investment in their study.

Date of Publication
2017-09-30

Institution
FACULDADE DE CIÊNCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Where published
International Journal of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Research

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 2141-2154

Publisher
Academic Journals

Volume
8
Number
2

Number of pages
9
Starting page
20
Last page
29

Document Identifiers
URL - https://academicjournals.org/journal/IJBMBR/article-abstract/99E48FE66109
DOI - https://doi.org/10.5897/ijbmbr2017.0274
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/ijbmbr2017.0274

Keywords
Wastewater Biofuels Photobioreactors Botryococcus braunii Microalgae


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APA
Tavares Joao, Pardal Tiago, Melo Ricardo, (2017). Evaluation of two Portuguese strains of Botryococcus braunii as biofuel feedstock. International Journal of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Research, 8, 20-29. ISSN 2141-2154. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/ijbmbr2017.0274

IEEE
Tavares Joao, Pardal Tiago, Melo Ricardo, "Evaluation of two Portuguese strains of Botryococcus braunii as biofuel feedstock" in International Journal of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Research, vol. 8, pp. 20-29, 2017. 10.5897/ijbmbr2017.0274

BIBTEX
@article{41231, author = {Tavares Joao and Pardal Tiago and Melo Ricardo}, title = {Evaluation of two Portuguese strains of Botryococcus braunii as biofuel feedstock}, journal = {International Journal of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Research}, year = 2017, pages = {20-29}, volume = 8 }