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Characterization of biofilm-forming cyanobacteria for biomass and lipid production.
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PMID:  22845917     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: The present work reports on one of the first attempts to use biofilm-forming cyanobacteria for biomass and lipid production. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three isolates of filamentous cyanobacteria wereobtained from biofilms at different Italian sites and characterized by a polyphasic approach, involving microscopic observations, ecology and genetic diversity (studying the 16S rRNA gene). The isolates were grown in batch systems and in a semi-continuous flow incubator, specifically designedfor biofilms development. Culture system affected biomass and lipid production, but did not influence the fatty acid profile. The composition of fatty acids was mainly palmitic acid (>50%) and less amounts of other saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Only two isolates containedtwo polyunsaturated fatty acids. CONCLUSIONS: Data obtained from the flow-lane incubator system would support a more economical and sustainable use of the benthic microorganisms for biomass production. The produced lipids contained fatty acids suitable for a high quality biodiesel production, showing high proportions of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF STUDY: Data seem promising whentaking into account thesavings in cost and time derived from easy procedures for biomass harvesting,especially when being ableto obtain the co-production of other valuable by-products. © 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
Laura Bruno; Francesca Di Pippo; Simonetta Antonaroli; Alessandra Gismondi; Carlotta Valentini; Patrizia Albertano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2672     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9706280     Medline TA:  J Appl Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
LBA-Laboratory for Biology of Algae, Department of Biology, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", via dellaRicercaScientificasnc, 00133, Rome, Italy.
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