Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 28, Issue 13, pp 987–992 | Cite as

Response of Growth and Fatty Acid Compositions of Nannochloropsis sp. to Environmental Factors Under Elevated CO2 Concentration

  • Hanhua Hu
  • Kunshan Gao


Nannochloropsis sp. was grown with different levels of nitrate, phosphate, salinity and temperature with CO2 at 2,800 μl l−1. Increased levels of NaNO3 and KH2PO4 raised protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) contents but decreased carbohydrate, total lipid and total fatty acids (TFA) contents. Nannochloropsis sp. grew well at salinities from 22 to 49 g l−1, and lowering salinity enhanced TFA and PUFAs contents. TFA contents increased with the increasing temperature but PUFAs contents decreased. The highest eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20:5ω3) content based on the dry mass was above 3% under low N (150 μM NaNO3) or high N (3000 μM NaNO3) condition. Excessive nitrate, low salinity and temperature are thus favorable factors for improving EPA yields in Nannochloropsis sp.


CO2 Eicosapentaenoic acid Nannochloropsis sp. Nutrient Polyunsaturated fatty acids Salinity Temperature 


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This study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 90411018 and No. 30270036) and by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The authors are grateful to Professor Ruixiang Li for providing the species.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and BiotechnologyInstitute of Hydrobiology, The Chinese Academy of SciencesWuhanP.R. China
  2. 2.Marine Biology Institute, Science CenterShantou UniversityShantouP.R. China

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