Intracellular phosphorus metabolism and growth of Microcystis aeruginosa in dark/light cycles under various redox potential difference conditions
Phosphorus metabolism and growth of M. aeruginosa were studied under three different conditions of diel fluctuation in redox potential. Redox potential in the culture increased in light and decreased in dark in all treatments except one, when cysteine was added in darkness. Total phosphorus content in M. aeruginosa decreased in darkness and increased in light during exponential growth but increased continuously in the stationary phase. Conversely, polyphosphate (PolyP) accumulated in darkness but was lost in the light. Low redox potential in darkness promoted PolyP accumulation. Polyglucose and soluble orthophosphate may provide energy and phosphorus, respectively, for PolyP synthesis. PolyP was important to M. aeruginosa survival during poor growth conditions. If the redox potential difference in the dark/light cycle was large, M. aeruginosa initially grew faster, but soon lost viability.
KeywordsMicrocystis aeruginosa Growth Phosphorus metabolism Dark/light cycle Redox potential difference Lake Taihu
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