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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429538/finding-a-partner-in-the-ocean-molecular-and-evolutionary-bases-of-the-response-to-sexual-cues-in-a-planktonic-diatom
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Swaraj Basu, Shrikant Patil, Daniel Mapleson, Monia Teresa Russo, Laura Vitale, Cristina Fevola, Florian Maumus, Raffaella Casotti, Thomas Mock, Mario Caccamo, Marina Montresor, Remo Sanges, Maria Immacolata Ferrante
Microalgae play a major role as primary producers in aquatic ecosystems. Cell signalling regulates their interactions with the environment and other organisms, yet this process in phytoplankton is poorly defined. Using the marine planktonic diatom Pseudo-nitzschia multistriata, we investigated the cell response to cues released during sexual reproduction, an event that demands strong regulatory mechanisms and impacts on population dynamics. We sequenced the genome of P. multistriata and performed phylogenomic and transcriptomic analyses, which allowed the definition of gene gains and losses, horizontal gene transfers, conservation and evolutionary rate of sex-related genes...
April 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429327/large-scale-cultivation-of-euglena
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Kengo Suzuki
From the middle of the twentieth century, microalgae have been exploited as a candidate biomass source of food and other products. One such candidate source is the fast-proliferating microalga Euglena gracilis. The commercial cultivation of E. gracilis began in 2007, after the success of its outdoor mass cultivation and improvement of the harvesting and drying methods suitable for Euglena cells. The commercialization of Euglena production is based on the strategy of "5Fs of Biomass," which refers to the development and production of commercial products including food, fiber, feed, fertilizer, and fuel from biomass...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428819/lipid-production-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation-for-regulation-of-accd-gene-in-cyanobacteria-under-different-n-and-p-regimes
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Roshan Kumar, Koushik Biswas, Puneet Kumar Singh, Pankaj Kumar Singh, Sanniyasi Elumalai, Pratyoosh Shukla, Sunil Pabbi
BACKGROUND: Microalgae grown under different nutrient deficient conditions present a good source of natural lipids with applications for several types of biofuels. The expression of acetyl-CoA carboxylase gene can further provide an insight to the mechanisms leading to enhanced lipid production under such stresses. In this study, two nutrients viz. nitrogen and phosphorus were modulated to see its effect on lipid productivity in selected cyanobacteria and its correlation with Accase followed by molecular dynamics simulation...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428306/draft-nuclear-genome-sequence-of-the-liquid-hydrocarbon-accumulating-green-microalga-botryococcus-braunii-race-b-showa
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Daniel R Browne, Jerry Jenkins, Jeremy Schmutz, Shengqiang Shu, Kerrie Barry, Jane Grimwood, Jennifer Chiniquy, Aditi Sharma, Thomas D Niehaus, Taylor L Weiss, Andrew T Koppisch, David T Fox, Suraj Dhungana, Shigeru Okada, Joe Chappell, Timothy P Devarenne
Botryococcus braunii has long been known as a prodigious producer of liquid hydrocarbon oils that can be converted into combustion engine fuels. This draft genome for the B race of B. braunii will allow researchers to unravel important hydrocarbon biosynthetic pathways and identify possible regulatory networks controlling this unusual metabolism.
April 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427282/biofouling-in-photobioreactors-for-marine-microalgae
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Ouassim Zeriouh, José Vicente Reinoso-Moreno, Lorenzo López-Rosales, María Del Carmen Cerón-García, Asterio Sánchez-Mirón, Francisco García-Camacho, Emilio Molina-Grima
The economic and/or energetic feasibility of processes based on using microalgae biomass requires an efficient cultivation system. In photobioreactors (PBRs), the adhesion of microalgae to the transparent PBR surfaces leads to biofouling and reduces the solar radiation penetrating the PBR. Light reduction within the PBR decreases biomass productivity and, therefore, the photosynthetic efficiency of the cultivation system. Additionally, PBR biofouling leads to a series of further undesirable events including changes in cell pigmentation, culture degradation, and contamination by invasive microorganisms; all of which can result in the cultivation process having to be stopped...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423472/simultaneous-structural-identification-of-diacylglyceryl-n-trimethylhomoserine-dgts-and-diacylglycerylhydroxymethyl-n-n-n-trimethyl-%C3%AE-alanine-dgta-in-microalgae-using-dual-li-h-adduct-ion-mode-by-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423307/aspects-of-phosphorus-physiology-associated-with-phosphate-induced-polar-lipid-remodelling-in-marine-microalgae
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José Pedro Cañavate, Isabel Armada, Ismael Hachero-Cruzado
Marine microalgae exhibit a diversified phosphorus physiology and have also been recently found to show high inter-taxa variability in their phosphate induced-polar lipids' remodelling. Identification of phosphorus physiology aspects that are more related to lipid remodelling can contribute to better understanding of such intricate phytoplankton lipid metabolism. Therefore, some aspects of phosphorus physiology related to its uptake, storage and use were evaluated in a taxonomically diversified group of nine marine microalgae that was arranged into three subgroups, each of them including species showing similar polar lipid responses to phosphate...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420744/the-transcription-factor-bzip14-regulates-the-tca-cycle-in-the-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum
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Michiel Matthijs, Michele Fabris, Toshihiro Obata, Imogen Foubert, José Manuel Franco-Zorrilla, Roberto Solano, Alisdair R Fernie, Wim Vyverman, Alain Goossens
Diatoms are amongst the most important marine microalgae in terms of biomass, but little is known concerning the molecular mechanisms that regulate their versatile metabolism. Here, the pennate diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum was studied at the metabolite and transcriptome level during nitrogen starvation and following imposition of three other stresses that impede growth. The coordinated upregulation of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle during the nitrogen stress response was the most striking observation...
April 18, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417328/characterization-and-pyrolysis-of-chlorella-vulgaris-and-arthrospira-platensis-potential-of-bio-oil-and-chemical-production-by-py-gc-ms-analysis
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Hanna N Almeida, Guilherme Q Calixto, Bruna M E Chagas, Dulce M A Melo, Fabio M Resende, Marcus A F Melo, Renata Martins Braga
Biofuels have been seen as potential sources to meet future energy demand as a renewable and sustainable energy source. Despite the fact that the production technology of first-generation biofuels is consolidated, these biofuels are produced from foods crops such as grains, sugar cane, and vegetable oils competing with food for crop use and agricultural land. In recent years, it was found that microalgae have the potential to provide a viable alternative to fossil fuels as source of biofuels without compromising food supplies or arable land...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413446/artificial-mirna-inhibition-of-phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxylase-increases-fatty-acid-production-in-a-green-microalga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Chaogang Wang, Xi Chen, Hui Li, Jiangxin Wang, Zhangli Hu
BACKGROUND: Nutrient limitation, such as nitrogen depletion, is the most widely used method for improving microalgae fatty acid production; however, these harsh conditions also inhibit algal growth significantly and even kill cells at all. To avoid these problems, we used artificial microRNA (amiRNA) technology as a useful tool to manipulate metabolic pathways to increase fatty acid contents effectively in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. We down-regulated the expression of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC), which catalyzes the formation of oxaloacetate from phosphoenolpyruvate and regulates carbon flux...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413445/valorization-of-untreated-rice-bran-towards-bioflocculant-using-a-lignocellulose-degrading-strain-and-its-use-in-microalgal-biomass-harvest
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Cong Liu, Yan Hao, Jihong Jiang, Weijie Liu
BACKGROUND: Microalgae are currently considered as a promising feedstock for the production of biofuels and high-value products. However, the efficient harvest of microalgal biomasses from their culture broth is a major challenge. The harvesting of algal biomass by flocculation combined with gravity sedimentation is more convenient and cost-effective than traditional methods such as centrifugation and filtration. Compared to inorganic and chemically synthetic flocculants, bioflocculants are a suitable choice for microalgal harvest due to their biodegradable and nontoxic properties...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413444/functional-photosystem-i-maintains-proper-energy-balance-during-nitrogen-depletion-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-promoting-triacylglycerol-accumulation
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Mahmoud Gargouri, Philip D Bates, Jeong-Jin Park, Helmut Kirchhoff, David R Gang
BACKGROUND: Nutrient deprivation causes significant stress to the unicellular microalga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which responds by significantly altering its metabolic program. Following N deprivation, the accumulation of starch and triacylglycerols (TAGs) is significantly altered following massive reprogramming of cellular metabolism. One protein that was found to change dramatically and early to this stress was TAB2, a photosystem I (PSI) translation initiation factor, whose transcript and protein levels increased significantly after only 30 min of N deprivation...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412147/anaerobic-co-digestion-of-microalgal-biomass-and-wheat-straw-with-and-without-thermo-alkaline-pretreatment
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Maria Solé-Bundó, Cigdem Eskicioglu, Marianna Garfí, Hélène Carrère, Ivet Ferrer
This study aimed at analyzing the anaerobic co-digestion of microalgal biomass grown in wastewater and wheat straw. To this end, Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP) tests were carried out testing different substrate proportions (20-80, 50-50 and 80-20%, on a volatile solid basis). In order to improve their biodegradability, the co-digestion of both substrates was also evaluated after applying a thermo-alkaline pretreatment (10% CaO at 75°C for 24h). The highest synergies in degradation rates were observed by adding at least 50% of wheat straw...
March 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411302/common-and-species-specific-effects-of-phosphate-on-marine-microalgae-fatty-acids-shape-their-function-in-phytoplankton-trophic-ecology
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José Pedro Cañavate, Isabel Armada, Ismael Hachero-Cruzado
The use of fatty acids (FA) to infer structure of phytoplankton assemblages and as indicators of microalgae nutritional value is acquiring relevance in modern phytoplankton ecology and new advances concerning factors influencing FA variability among microalgae are demanded. In this regard, the relationship between phosphorus and FA remains particularly little studied in marine phytoplankton. In the present study, we focus on phosphate effects on FA from a diversified set of marine microalgae and provide new insights into the applicability of FA in phytoplankton trophic ecology...
April 14, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410484/microalgae-screening-under-co2-stress-growth-and-micro-nutrients-removal-efficiency
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Fida Hussain, Syed Zahir Shah, Wenguang Zhou, Munawar Iqbal
Algae are one of the promising agents for greenhouse gas reduction and biofuel production. Different technologies have been developed and introduced in last decades for algae growth. Algae plays a very imperative role in the aquatic ecosystem regarding CO2 reduction and micro-nutrient removal. In present investigation, eight locally isolated (microalgae) strains and two pure strains were studied. The selected microalgae were grown under variable CO2 concentration and CO2 biofixation efficiencies along with micro-nutrient removal were monitored...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410471/toxicity-of-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-to-chlorella-vulgaris-beyerinck-beijerinck-1890-trebouxiophyceae-chlorophyta-under-changing-nitrogen-conditions
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Suleiman Dauda, Mathias Ahii Chia, Sunday Paul Bako
The broad application of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (n-TiO2) in many consumer products has resulted in the release of substantial quantities into aquatic systems. While n-TiO2 have been shown to induce some unexpected toxic effects on aquatic organisms such as microalgae, the influence of changing nutrient conditions on the toxicity of the metal has not been investigated. We evaluated the toxicity of n-TiO2 to Chlorella vulgaris under varying nitrogen conditions. Limited nitrogen (2.2μM) decreased growth and biomass (dry weight and pigment content), while lipid peroxidation (malondialdehyde content), glutathione S-transferase activity (GST) and peroxidase (POD) activity were increased...
March 27, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410402/unexpected-associated-microalgal-diversity-in-the-lichen-ramalina-farinacea-is-uncovered-by-pyrosequencing-analyses
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Patricia Moya, Arántzazu Molins, Fernando Martínez-Alberola, Lucia Muggia, Eva Barreno
The current literature reveals that the intrathalline coexistence of multiple microalgal taxa in lichens is more common than previously thought, and additional complexity is supported by the coexistence of bacteria and basidiomycete yeasts in lichen thalli. This replaces the old paradigm that lichen symbiosis occurs between a fungus and a single photobiont. The lichen Ramalina farinacea has proven to be a suitable model to study the multiplicity of microalgae in lichen thalli due to the constant coexistence of Trebouxia sp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410122/high-value-compounds-from-microalgae-with-industrial-exploitability-a-review
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Muhammad Bilal, Tahir Rasheed, Ishtiaq Ahmed, Hafiz M N Iqbal
  From the past several years, algal biotechnology has gained noticeable interests among research-based organizations and industrial sectors. Recent studies have provided considerable evidence that microalgae-derived bioactive compounds could play a vital role in bio- and non-bio sectors of the modern world. Microalgae-based industrial exploitability ranges from basic biomass-based food and feeds nutraceuticals to high-value pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, ecological and biomedical applications. With ever increasing scientific knowledge, social and environmental awareness, bio-inspired synthesis of microalgae-based green products, and recent advancements in algal biotechnology will extend the utilization of microalgae into new areas...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407491/uv-c-radiation-increases-sterol-production-in-the-microalga-pavlova-lutheri
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Faruq Ahmed, Peer M Schenk
Plant sterols have become well-known to promote cardiovascular health through the reduction of low density lipoprotein cholesterol in the blood. Plant sterols also have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidative and anti-atherogenicity activities. Microalgae have the potential to become a useful alternative source of plant sterols with several species reported to have higher concentrations than current commercial ones. In order to increase phytosterol production and optimise culture conditions, the high sterol producer Pavlova lutheri was treated in different dosages (50-250 mJ m(-2)) of UV-C radiation and several concentrations (1-500 μmol/L) of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and the sterol contents were quantified for two days after the treatments...
April 10, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406081/ecotoxicological-analysis-of-acrylamide-using-a-microalga-as-an-indicator-organism
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Bárbara Werle Nunes Keila Fernanda Hedlund Maria Angelica Oliveira And Elvis Carissimi
Aquatic ecosystems are very prone to contamination. The fast and accurate assessment of the toxicity of the water is animportant tool for environmental safety. The aim of this study was to assess the possible toxic effects of acrylamide on physiological parameters of the ChlorophyceaeandDesmodesmus quadricauda. Cells in exponential growth phase were exposed for 72 hours to different concentrations of acrylamide. Light microscopy analysis documented cell density, number of cells per coenobia, cell dimensions, and biovolume; chlorophyll "a" concentration was also determined...
April 12, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
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