Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology

, Volume 36, Issue 9, pp 1215–1224 | Cite as

Use of the dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum as a sustainable source of biodiesel production

  • Claudio Fuentes-Grünewald
  • Esther Garcés
  • Sergio Rossi
  • Jordi Camp
Original Paper


Microalgae are microscopic heterotrophic–autotrophic photosynthesizing organisms with enormous potential as a source of biofuel. Dinoflagellates, a class of microalgae, contain large amounts of high-quality lipids, the principal component of fatty acid methyl esters. The biotic characteristics of the dinoflagellate species Karlodinium veneficum include a growth rate of 0.14 day−1, a wet biomass of 16.4 g/L, a growth period of approximately 30 days, and an approximate 97% increase in fatty acid content during the transition from exponential phase to stationary phase. These parameters make K. veneficum a suitable choice as a bioresource for biodiesel production. Similarly, two other species were also determined to be appropriate for biodiesel production: the Dinophyceae Alexandrium andersoni and the Raphidophyte Heterosigma akashiwo.


Biodiesel Dinoflagellates Karlodinium veneficum Lipids Microalgae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Fuentes-Grünewald
    • 1
    • 2
  • Esther Garcés
    • 1
  • Sergio Rossi
    • 2
  • Jordi Camp
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Ciències del Mar/Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICM/CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciencias y Tecnología AmbientalUniversidad Autónoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain

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