, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 933-934
Date: 03 Feb 2011

Concerns over the reporting of inconsistent data on fatty acid composition for microalgae of the genus Nannochloropsis (Eustigmatophyceae)

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Letter to editor

The current research focus on the development of next-generation alternative sources of biofuel from microalgal oil has led to a considerable increase in the number of studies on various oleaginous species. The studies have been examining species promising for high neutral lipid (mainly triacylglycerol; TAG) and biomass productivity under diverse cultivation conditions, with the aim to develop sustainable, commercially feasible, and economic processes for the production of biofuels (Rodolfi et al. 2009; Tredici 2010).

Given the relative robustness and marine origin of microalgae of the genus Nannochloropsis and their high content of neutral lipids (Sukenik 1999; Sukenik et al. 2009; Rodolfi et al. 2009), a large number of projects have been devoted to these microalgae, including studies focusing on evaluating the effects of growth conditions on lipid productivity and fatty acid composition (Boussiba et al. 1987; Chini Zittelli et al. 1999; Chiu et al. 2009; Hodgson et al