Effects of different phosphorus concentrations on growth and biochemical composition of Desmodesmus communis (E.Hegewald) E.Hegewald

Akgul R., Akgul F., TÜNEY KIZILKAYA İ.

PREPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10826068.2020.1853156
  • Keywords: Biodiesel, lipid, phosphorus, protein, microalgae


The members of the family Scenedesmaceae has the most widely used microalgae species in algal biotechnology studies because of their fast growth rate, quality of nutrition content and lipid accumulation under nutrient-limiting conditions. However, the biochemical responses of the species under phosphorus (P) limiting conditions are still unknown. The growth and biochemical composition of Desmodesmus communis in response to different phosphorus concentrations were investigated in this research. Five different phosphorus conditions were used: control (BG11); excess treatments (50% P+, 75% P+) and limited treatments (50% P-, 75% P-The highest cell concentration was observed in 75% P+ (725.6 x 104 cells/mL), whereas the highest dry weight concentration (1.81 mg/L) was found in 50% P- medium. The highest total lipid (4.94%) accumulation was found in the 50% P + medium and the maximum protein (49.5%) content was detected in 50% P- medium. Fatty acid and amino acid compositions change according to P concentration. PUFAs concentrations are higher than SFAs and MUFAs. Therefore the microalgae biomass obtained from this study cannot be used for biodiesel production although it is more suitable for nutritional supplement productions.