Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 34–37

Culture of Spirulina platensis in human urine for biomass production and O2 evolution

  • Feng Dao-lun 
  • Wu Zu-cheng 
Science Letters

DOI: 10.1631/jzus.2006.B0034

Cite this article as:
Feng, D. & Wu, Z. J. Zhejiang Univ. - Sci. B (2006) 7: 34. doi:10.1631/jzus.2006.B0034


Attempts were made to culture Spirulina platensis in human urine directly to achieve biomass production and O2 evolution, for potential application to nutrient regeneration and air revitalization in life support system. The culture results showed that Spirulina platensis grows successfully in diluted human urine, and yields maximal biomass at urine dilution ratios of 140∼240. Accumulation of lipid and decreasing of protein occurred due to N deficiency. O2 release rate of Spirulina platensis in diluted human urine was higher than that in Zarrouk medium.

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Spirulina platensisHuman urineBiomass productionO2 evolutionLife support system

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feng Dao-lun 
    • 1
  • Wu Zu-cheng 
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental EngineeringZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina