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Influence of light quality and intensity in the cultivation ofSpirulina platensis from Toliara (Madagascar) in a closed system

Abstract : BACKROUND: Spirulina platensis (Toliara, Madagascar) provides a food supplement which can fight against malnutrition and food insufficiency in Madagascar. In this country, the current production from three open basins is not sufficient to cover needs, and presents drawbacks such as low productivity and possible contamination. Thus cultivation of S. platensis in a closed photobioreactor opens the possibility of extending this microalga production. In this study, the influence of colour and intensity of the light on S. platensis growth and protein content was investigated in a bubble column. RESULTS: Growth kinetics were obtained for four colours (green, white, red and blue) and four intensities (400, 800, 1000 and 1200 lux) of light. The influence of light colour on Spirulina growth was discussed. The highest productivity (183.6mg L(-1) d(-1)) and concentration (2643mg L(-1)) were obtained for green light at 1200 lux. The protein content was 58%. CONCLUSION: Using green light allows improvement of S. platensis growth. Performance obtained with the closed system was higher than that reported in the literature.
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Pierre H Ravelonandro, Dominique H Ratianarivo, Claire Joannis-Cassan, Arsène Isambert, Marson Raherimandimby. Influence of light quality and intensity in the cultivation ofSpirulina platensis from Toliara (Madagascar) in a closed system. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Wiley, 2008, 83 (6), pp.842-848. ⟨10.1002/jctb.1878⟩. ⟨hal-01247974⟩

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