Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 188, Issue 2, pp 326–337 | Cite as

Lipid Production by Arctic Microalga Chlamydomonas sp. KNF0008 at Low Temperatures

  • Eun Jae Kim
  • Woongsic Jung
  • Suyoun Lim
  • Sanghee Kim
  • Han-Gu Choi
  • Se Jong HanEmail author


A lipid-producing microalga, Chlamydomonas sp. KNF0008, collected from the Arctic was capable of growing at temperatures ranging from 4 to 20 °C, and the highest cell density was measured at 15 °C and 100 μmol photons m−2 s−1 light intensity under continuous shaking and external aeration. KNF0008 showed the elevated accumulation of lipid bodies under nitrogen-deficient conditions, rather than under nitrogen-sufficient conditions. Fatty acid production of KNF0008 was 4.2-fold (104 mg L−1) higher than that of C. reinhardtii CC-125 at 15 °C in Bold’s Basal Medium. The dominant fatty acids were C16:0, C16:4, C18:1, and C18:3, and unsaturated fatty acids (65.69%) were higher than saturated fatty acids (13.65%) at 15 °C. These results suggested that Arctic Chlamydomonas sp. KNF0008 could possibly be utilized for production of biodiesel during periods of cold weather because of its psychrophilic characteristics.


Arctic Chlamydomonas Lipid Microalga Psychrophile 


Funding Information

The research was supported by a grant from the Korea Polar Research Institute (PE15140). This project was also supported by a grant (PN15070) of iPET (Korea Institute of Planning and Evaluation for Technology in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries), Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Korea.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Polar Life SciencesKorea Polar Research InstituteIncheonSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Polar SciencesUniversity of Science and TechnologyIncheonSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Research and DevelopmentGDESiheungSouth Korea
  4. 4.Functional Genomics R&D TeamSyntekabioDaejeonSouth Korea

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