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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811602/identification-of-ciguatoxins-in-a-shark-involved-in-a-fatal-food-poisoning-in-the-indian-ocean
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Jorge Diogène, Laia Reverté, Maria Rambla-Alegre, Vanessa Del Río, Pablo de la Iglesia, Mònica Campàs, Oscar Palacios, Cintia Flores, Josep Caixach, Christian Ralijaona, Iony Razanajatovo, Agathe Pirog, Hélène Magalon, Nathalie Arnich, Jean Turquet
Severe food poisoning events after the consumption of sharks have been reported since the 1940s; however, there has been no clear understanding of their cause. Herein, we report for the first time the presence of ciguatoxins (CTXs) in sharks. The identification by mass spectrometry of CTXs, including two new analogues, in a bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) that was consumed by humans, causing the poisoning and death of 11 people in Madagascar in 2013 is described. Typical neurotoxic ciguatera symptoms were recorded in patients, and toxicological assays on extracts of the shark demonstrated CTX-like activity...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811214/semi-empirical-modeling-of-microalgae-photosynthesis-in-different-acclimation-states-application-to-n-gaditana
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Andrea Bernardi, Andreas Nikolaou, Andrea Meneghesso, Benoît Chachuat, Tomas Morosinotto, Fabrizio Bezzo
The development of mathematical models capable of accurate predictions of the photosynthetic productivity of microalgae under variable light conditions is paramount to the development of large-scale production systems. The process of photoacclimation is particularly important in outdoor cultivation systems, whereby seasonal variation of the light irradiance can greatly influence microalgae growth. This paper presents a dynamic model that captures the effect of photoacclimation on the photosynthetic production...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809450/microalgae-old-sustainable-food-and-fashion-nutraceuticals
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José L García, Marta de Vicente, Beatriz Galán
Microalgae have been used for centuries to provide nourishment to humans and animals, only very recently they have become much more widely cultured and harvested at large industrial scale. This paper reviews the potential health benefits and nutrition provided by microalgae whose benefits are contributing to expand their market. We also point out several key challenges that remain to be addressed in this field.
August 15, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808314/cellular-toxicity-pathways-of-inorganic-and-methyl-mercury-in-the-green-microalga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Rebecca Beauvais-Flück, Vera I Slaveykova, Claudia Cosio
Contamination by mercury (Hg) is a worldwide concern because of Hg toxicity and biomagnification in aquatic food webs. Nevertheless, bioavailability and cellular toxicity pathways of inorganic (IHg) and methyl-Hg (MeHg) remain poorly understood. We analyzed the uptake, transcriptomic, and physiological responses in the microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii exposed to IHg or MeHg. Bioavailability of MeHg was up to 27× higher than for IHg. Genes involved in cell processes, energy metabolism and transport were dysregulated by both Hg species...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808229/bioenergy-application-of-dunaliella-salina-sa-134-grown-at-various-salinity-levels-for-lipid-production
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Rajper Aftab Ahmed, Meilin He, Rajper Asma Aftab, Shiyan Zheng, Mostafa Nagi, Ramadan Bakri, Changhai Wang
The biofuels are receiving considerable attention as a substitute for petro diesel. For microalgae, the cell density or biomass and lipid contents are key components for biodiesel production. This study was conducted to develop favorable culture conditions for Dunaliella salina to maximize its biomass and lipid accumulation. The effect of salinity (0.5 to 2.5 M NaCl) on the cell population, biochemical composition, and lipid output of Dunaliella salina was examined under a controlled environment for 21 days...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805994/monitoring-photosynthetic-activity-in-microalgal-cells-by-raman-spectroscopy-with-deuterium-oxide-as-a-tracking-probe
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Yusuke Yonamine, Yuta Suzuki, Takuro Ito, Yoshiko Miura, Keisuke Goda, Yasuyuki Ozeki, Yu Hoshino
Microalgae offer great potential for biofuel production, but high photosynthetic activity is demanded for practical realization of microalgal biofuels. To this end, it is essential to evaluate the photosynthetic activity of single microalgal cells in a heterogeneous population. In this study, we present a method for monitoring photosynthetic activity of microalgae (in particular Euglena gracilis, a microalgal species of unicellular, photosynthetic, flagellate protists as our model organism) at single-cell resolution by Raman spectroscopy with deuterium from deuterium oxide (D2O) as a tracking probe...
August 14, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803204/silver-nanoparticles-or-free-silver-ions-work-an-enantioselective-phytotoxicity-study-with-a-chiral-tool
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Zunwei Chen, Xiaolin Sheng, Jia Wang, Yuezhong Wen
Nowadays, silver nanoparticles (AgNP) have been widely used and there are raising concerns about their potential adverse effects on organism. As for the exact toxicity mechanism of AgNP, opinions still vary and whether the released silver ions (Ag(+)) or AgNP themselves are responsible for the toxicity remains debatable. In the present study, we have designed two exposure systems where Ag(+) and AgNP coexisted but differed in quantification by using photo-reduced method with cysteine enantiomers, and their toxicities to freshwater microalgae Scenedesmus obliquus and model plant Arabidopsis thaliana were determined...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803154/prospects-recent-advancements-and-challenges-of-different-wastewater-streams-for-microalgal-cultivation
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Abhishek Guldhe, Sheena Kumari, Luveshan Ramanna, Prathana Ramsundar, Poonam Singh, Ismail Rawat, Faizal Bux
Microalgae are recognized as one of the most powerful biotechnology platforms for many value added products including biofuels, bioactive compounds, animal and aquaculture feed etc. However, large scale production of microalgal biomass poses challenges due to the requirements of large amounts of water and nutrients for cultivation. Using wastewater for microalgal cultivation has emerged as a potential cost effective strategy for large scale microalgal biomass production. This approach also offers an efficient means to remove nutrients and metals from wastewater making wastewater treatment sustainable and energy efficient...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803107/conversion-of-lipids-from-wet-microalgae-into-biodiesel-using-sulfonated-graphene-oxide-catalysts
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Jun Cheng, Yi Qiu, Jie Zhang, Rui Huang, Weijuan Yang, Zhentao Fan
Four solid acid catalysts including graphene oxide (GO), sulfonated graphene oxide (SGO), sulfonated graphene (SG), and sulfonated active carbon (SAC) were used to convert lipids in wet microalgae into biodiesel. The physiochemical properties of the catalysts were characterized with scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetric analysis. SGO provided the highest conversion efficiency (84.6% of sulfuric acid) of lipids to fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). Whereas SAC converted few lipids into FAME...
July 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803061/carbon-streaming-in-microalgae-extraction-and-analysis-methods-for-high-value-compounds
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REVIEW
G Venkata Subhash, Meghna Rajvanshi, B Navish Kumar, Sridharan Govindachary, Venkatesh Prasad, Santanu Dasgupta
There is a growing recognition that carbon-neutral biofuels and microalgae are eco-friendly options because of their high CO2 sequestering capability and ability to grow in wastewater/sea water and non-arable land. Also the intrinsic properties of microalgal systems can be exploited for high value compounds such as carbohydrates, lipids, pigments and proteins. This article provides a comprehensive review of various microalgae cultivation practices utilizing organic and inorganic carbon sources. The merits and demerits of the various extraction and analytical procedures have also been discussed in detail...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802135/environmental-drivers-that-influence-microalgal-species-in-fullscale-wastewater-treatment-high-rate-algal-ponds
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Donna L Sutherland, Matthew H Turnbull, Rupert J Craggs
In the last decade, studies have focused on identifying the most suitable microalgal species for coupled high rate algal pond (HRAP) wastewater treatment and resource recovery. However, one of the challenges facing outdoor HRAP systems is maintaining microalgal species dominance. By increasing our understanding of the environmental drivers of microalgal community composition within the HRAP environment, it may be possible to manipulate the system in such a way to favour the growth of desirable species. In this paper, we investigate the microalgal community composition in two full-scale HRAPs over a 23-month period...
August 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801770/nutrient-composition-of-culture-media-induces-different-patterns-of-co2-fixation-from-biogas-and-biomass-production-by-the-microalga-scenedesmus-obliquus-u169
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Francisco J Choix, Elena Polster, Rosa Isela Corona-González, Raúl Snell-Castro, Hugo O Méndez-Acosta
Microalgae are considered as a promising biotechnological strategy to capture CO2 from biogas, producing biomass with valuable energetic compounds. This study has evaluated the biotechnological potential to fix CO2 from biogas and biomass production by Scenedesmus obliquus cultured in four different formulations of culture media, C30, Bristol, Bold 3N, and C30+M, as well as the effect of methane (CH4) of biogas during CO2 fixation and biomass production. The results obtained showed that different nutrient composition and concentration of culture media, mainly micronutrient and vitamin concentrations, induced different patterns of CO2 fixation from biogas and biomass production in S...
August 11, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800409/cytotoxic-effects-of-the-proton-pump-inhibitor-omeprazole-on-the-non-target-marine-microalga-tetraselmis-suecica
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Marta Seoane, Marta Esperanza, Ángeles Cid
Omeprazole (OMP) is one of the most commonly used drugs for the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders. Although it is daily consumed in high quantities and commonly detected in waters worldwide, relatively little is known about its ecotoxicity. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential acute toxicity of increasing concentrations of OMP on the marine microalga Tetraselmis suecica analysing several cytotoxicity biomarkers by flow cytometry after 24h of exposure. Results showed that OMP caused a decrease in growth and autofluorescence, an increase in cellular volume and intracellular complexity, hyperpolarization of cytoplasmic and mitochondrial membranes and intracellular acidification...
August 2, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800196/furthering-knowledge-of-seaweed-growth-and-development-to-facilitate-sustainable-aquaculture
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Bénédicte Charrier, Maria Helena Abreu, Rita Araujo, Annette Bruhn, Juliet C Coates, Olivier De Clerck, Christos Katsaros, Rafael R Robaina, Thomas Wichard
Macroalgae (seaweeds) are the subject of increasing interest for their potential as a source of valuable, sustainable biomass in the food, feed, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Compared with microalgae, the pace of knowledge acquisition in seaweeds is slower despite the availability of whole-genome sequences and model organisms for the major seaweed groups. This is partly a consequence of specific hurdles related to the large size of these organisms and their slow growth. As a result, this basic scientific field is falling behind, despite the societal and economic importance of these organisms...
August 11, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799050/environmental-building-policy-by-the-use-of-microalgae-and-decreasing-of-risks-for-canadian-oil-sand-sector-development
#15
Armen B Avagyan
Environmental building recommendations aimed towards new environmental policies and management-changing decisions which as example demonstrated in consideration of the problems of Canadian oil sands operators. For the implementation of the circular economic strategy, we use an in-depth analysis of reported environmental after-consequence on all stages of the production process. The study addressed the promotion of innovative solutions for greenhouse gas emission, waste mitigation, and risk of falling in oil prices for operators of oil sands with creating market opportunities...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793788/improvements-in-algal-lipid-production-a-systems-biology-and-gene-editing-approach
#16
Avik Banerjee, Chiranjib Banerjee, Sangeeta Negi, Jo-Shu Chang, Pratyoosh Shukla
BACKGROUND: In the wake of rising energy demands, microalgae have emerged as potential sources of sustainable and renewable carbon-neutral fuels, such as bio-hydrogen and bio-oil. PURPOSE: For rational metabolic engineering, the elucidation of metabolic pathways in fine detail and their manipulation according to requirements is the key to exploiting the use of microalgae. Emergence of site-specific nucleases have revolutionized applied research leading to biotechnological gains...
August 9, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792654/euchlorocystis-gen-nov-and-densicystis-gen-nov-two-new-genera-of-oocystaceae-algae-from-high-altitude-semi-saline-habitat-trebouxiophyceae-chlorophyta
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Xudong Liu, Huan Zhu, Huiyin Song, Qinghua Wang, Xiong Xiong, Chenxi Wu, Guoxiang Liu, Zhengyu Hu
The Oocystaceae family is generally considered to contain common freshwater eukaryotic microalgae, and few are reported living in semi-saline habitats. Our latest ecological survey in Qinghai Lake and Angzicuo Lake, both large, closed, high-altitude, semi-saline lakes located on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau in China, revealed Oocystaceae species as a dominant group among plankton. Since limited knowledge exists about semi-saline species in the Oocystaceae family, a taxonomical study was carried out using morphological and phylogenetic methods...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791508/palm-oil-mill-effluent-treatment-and-co2-sequestration-by-using-microalgae-sustainable-strategies-for-environmental-protection
#18
Harizah Bajunaid Hariz, Mohd Sobri Takriff
In this era of globalization, various products and technologies are being developed by the industries. While resources and energy are utilized from processes, wastes are being excreted through water streams, air, and ground. Without realizing it, environmental pollutions increase as the country develops. Effective technology is desired to create green factories that are able to overcome these issues. Wastewater is classified as the water coming from domestic or industrial sources. Wastewater treatment includes physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791442/co-exposure-of-freshwater-microalgae-to-tetrabromobisphenol-a-and-sulfadiazine-oxidative-stress-biomarker-responses-and-joint-toxicity-prediction
#19
Se Wang, Zhuang Wang, Mindong Chen, Hao Fang, Degao Wang
Combined toxicity and oxidative stress biomarker responses were determined for tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and sulfadiazine (SDZ) to the unicellular green alga Scenedesmus obliquus. Concentration-response analyses were performed for single toxicants and for mixtures containing TBBPA and SDZ with two different mixture ratios. The effect concentrations and the observed effects of the mixtures were compared to the predictions of the joint toxicity by the concentration addition (CA) model and independent action (IA) model...
August 9, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783567/assessment-of-chlorella-vulgaris-and-indigenous-microalgae-biomass-with-treated-wastewater-as-growth-culture-medium
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Luis C Fernández-Linares, Claudia Guerrero Barajas, Enrique Durán Páramo, Jesús A Badillo Corona
The aim of the present work was to evaluate the feasibility of microalgae cultivation using secondary treated domestic wastewater. Two Chlorella vulgaris strains (CICESE and UTEX) and an indigenous consortium, were cultivated on treated wastewater enriched with and without the fertilizer Bayfolan®. Biomass production for C. vulgaris UTEX, CICESE and the indigenous consortium grown in treated wastewater was 1.167±0.057, 1.575±0.434 and 1.125±0.250g/L, with a total lipid content of 25.70±1.24, 23.35±3.01and 20...
July 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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