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Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 1177–1184 | Cite as

Characterization of the growth, biochemical composition, and nutrient utilization of the cyanobacterium Geitlerinema lemmermannii

  • Flor Sánchez-Alejandro
  • M. del Pilar Sánchez-SaavedraEmail author
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Abstract

Geitlerinema lemmermannii is a cosmopolitan cyanobacterium that is highly adapted to natural and artificial environments in which concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen have been altered. G. lemmermannii was detected and isolated from the wastewater discharge of Mexican shrimp cultures. Its nutrition and potential incorporation into wastewater treatment were examined in a 168-h culture in an artificial wastewater medium at two concentrations each of nitrogen and phosphorus. G. lemmermannii showed a rapid phosphorus uptake (in the first 3 h of culture), ranging from 4.75 to 6.09 pg cell−1 h−1. Nitrogen uptake peaked at 9 h of culture at 2.38 pg cell−1 h−1. The total cellular lipid, carbohydrate, and protein content changed between treatments over culture time due to differences in uptake patterns but were similar at the end of the experiment. Additionally, the population and growth rate did not differ between culture media, indicating that the robust and rapid removal of nutrients from a synthetic medium occurred by this cyanobacterium.

Keywords

Proximal composition Geitlerinema lemmermannii Growth Nutrient uptake 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT 130074). The first author acknowledges a CONACYT special scholarship. Socorro Jiménez contributed to the taxonomic identification of G. lemmermannii. N. Flores-Acevedo and J. Dávila-Ortiz gave technical assistance. Thanks to the editorial bureau Blue Pencil Science for English editing of this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Flor Sánchez-Alejandro
    • 1
  • M. del Pilar Sánchez-Saavedra
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)EnsenadaMéxico

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