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M G Esquível, A R Matos, J Marques Silva
Photosynthesis and lipid allocation were investigated in Rubisco small subunit mutants of the microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Comparative analyses were undertaken with cells grown photoheterotrophically under sulphur-replete or sulphur-depleted conditions. The Y67A Rubisco mutant, which has previously demonstrated a pronounced reduction in Rubisco levels and higher hydrogen production rates than the wild type, also shows the following divergences in photosynthetic phenotype and lipid allocation: (i) low Fv/Fm (maximum photochemical efficiency), (ii) low effective quantum yield of photosystem II (ΦPSII), (iii) low effectiveness at protection against high light intensities, (iv) a higher level of total lipids per pigment and (v) changes in the relative proportions of different fatty acids, with a marked decrease in unsaturated fatty acids (FAs)...
May 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Ramachandran Sivaramakrishnan, Aran Incharoensakdi
The biochemical contents and biodiesel production ability of three microalgal strains grown under different sodium nitrate, sodium carbonate, and ferric ammonium citrate (iron) levels were investigated. The highest biomass and lipid contents were found in Scenedesmus sp., Chlorella sp., and Chlamydomonas sp. when grown in normal BG-11 containing sodium carbonate concentration at 0.03 g · L(-1) , and in normal BG-11 containing iron concentration at 0.009 or 0.012 g · L(-1) . Increasing the sodium nitrate level increased the biomass content, but decreased the lipid content in all three microalgae...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Phycology
Lidia Lombardi, Barbara Mendecka, Ennio Carnevale
The separate collection of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) is gaining popularity through several countries in Europe. An appropriate management of UCO waste stream leads to substantial benefits. In this study, we analyse two different possibilities of UCO energy reuse: the direct feed to a reciprocating internal combustion engine (ICE) for cogeneration purpose, and the processing to generate biodiesel. Concerning biodiesel production, we analyse four among conventional and innovative technologies, characterised by different type and amount of used chemicals, heat and electricity consumptions and yields...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Hoang-Minh Pham, Ho Seok Kwak, Min-Eui Hong, Jeewon Lee, Won Seok Chang, Sang Jun Sim
The aim of this work was to develop a high efficient photobioreactor for increasing biomass and lipid production in microalgae by assessment of the hydrodynamic properties and kLa which are important parameters for improving the algal cultivation efficiency. We designed three different photobioreactors (H-Shape, X-Shape and serial-column). Among them, X-Shape showed the highest hydrodynamic properties and kLa for algal cultivation. Thus, we evaluated the biomass and the lipid production in a 20L scale-up X-Shape photobioreactor...
May 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Lizhen Qin, Hanyu Qian, Yucai He
Biodiesel is a fuel composed of monoalkyl esters of long-chain fatty acids derived from renewable biomass sources. In this study, biomass waste pecan nutshell (PS) was attempted to be converted into microbial oil. For effective utilization of PS, sequential pretreatment with ethylene glycol-H2SO4-water (78:2:20, wt:wt:wt) at 130 °C for 30 min and aqueous ammonia (25 wt%) at 50 °C for 24 h was used to enhance its enzymatic saccharification. Significant linear correlation was obtained about delignification-saccharification (R (2) = 0...
May 17, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Shun Sato, Dai Kitamoto, Hiroshi Habe
Some acetic acid bacteria produce large amounts of glyceric acid (GA) from glycerol in culture broth. However, methanol, which is a major contaminant of raw glycerol derived from the biodiesel fuel industry, sharply decreases cell growth and GA production [AMB Express, 3, 20, 2013]. Thus, we evaluated the methylotrophic acetic acid bacterium Acidomonas methanolica NBRC104435 for its ability to produce GA from glycerol containing methanol. This strain accumulated GA in its culture broth when 1-3 wt% glycerol was available as a carbon source...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Fengxue Xin, Tianpeng Chen, Yujiang Jiang, Weiliang Dong, Wenming Zhang, Min Zhang, Hao Wu, Jiangfeng Ma, Min Jiang
BACKGROUND: High cost of traditional substrates and formation of by-products (such as acetone and ethanol) in acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation hindered the large-scale production of biobutanol. Here, we comprehensively characterized a newly isolated solventogenic and xylanolytic Clostridium species, which could produce butanol at a high ratio with elimination of ethanol and conversion of acetone to more value-added product, isopropanol. Ultimately, direct butanol production from hemicellulose was achieved with efficient expression of indigenous xylanase by the novel strain via consolidated bioprocessing...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Ainur-Assyakirin Mohd-Sahib, Jun-Wei Lim, Man-Kee Lam, Yoshimitsu Uemura, Mohamed Hasnain Isa, Chii-Dong Ho, Shamsul Rahman Mohamed Kutty, Chung-Yiin Wong, Siti-Suhailah Rosli
The potential to grow attached microalgae Chlorella vulgaris in fluidized bed bioreactor was materialized in this study, targeting to ease the harvesting process prior to biodiesel production. The proposed thermodynamic mechanism and physical property assessment of various support materials verified polyurethane to be suitable material favouring the spontaneous adhesion by microalgae cells. The 1-L bioreactor packed with only 2.4% (v/v) of 1.00-mL polyurethane foam cubes could achieve the highest attached growth microalgae biomass and lipid weights of 812±122 and 376±37mg, respectively, in comparison with other cube sizes...
May 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Jechan Lee, Jieun Kim, Yong Sik Ok, Eilhann E Kwon
In situ transformation of lipid in waste pepper seeds into biodiesel (i.e., fatty acid methyl esters: FAMEs) via thermally-induced transmethylation on silica was mainly investigated in this study. This study reported that waste pepper seeds contained 26.9wt% of lipid and that 94.1% of the total lipid in waste pepper seeds could be converted into biodiesel without lipid extraction step for only ∼1min reaction time. This study also suggested that the optimal temperature for in situ transmethylation was identified as 390°C...
May 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Priti R Pandit, M H Fulekar
Worldwide consumption of hen eggs results in availability of large amount of discarded egg waste particularly egg shells. In the present study, the waste shells were utilized for the synthesis of highly active heterogeneous calcium oxide (CaO) nanocatalyst to transesterify dry biomass into methyl esters (biodiesel). The CaO nanocatalyst was synthesied by calcination-hydration-dehydration technique and fully characterized by infrared spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), brunauer-emmett-teller (BET) elemental and thermogravimetric analysis...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Carlos Eduardo Pellegrino Cerri, Xin You, Maurício Roberto Cherubin, Cindy Silva Moreira, Guilherme Silva Raucci, Bruno de Almeida Castigioni, Priscila Aparecida Alves, Domingos Guilherme Pellegrino Cerri, Francisco Fujita de Castro Mello, Carlos Clemente Cerri
Soybean biodiesel (B100) has been playing an important role in Brazilian energy matrix towards the national bio-based economy. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the most widely used indicator for assessing the environmental sustainability of biodiesels and received particular attention among decision makers in business and politics, as well as consumers. Former studies have been mainly focused on the GHG emissions from the soybean cultivation, excluding other stages of the biodiesel production. Here, we present a holistic view of the total GHG emissions in four life cycle stages for soybean biodiesel...
2017: PloS One
Nora M Elkenawy, Aymen S Yassin, Hala N Elhifnawy, Magdy A Amin
Prodigiosin is a red pigment produced by Serratia marcescens. Prodigiosin is regarded as a promising drug owing to its reported characteristics of possessing anti-microbial, anti-cancer, and immunosuppressive activity. A factorial design was applied to generate a set of 32 experimental combinations to study the optimal conditions for pigment production using crude glycerol obtained from local biodiesel facility as carbon source for the growth of Serratia marcescens. The maximum production (870 unit/cell) was achieved at 22 °C, at pH 9 with the addition of 1% (w/v) peptone and 10(9) cell/ml inoculum size after 6 days of incubation...
March 2017: Biotechnology Reports
Ana F Miranda, Narasimhan Ramkumar, Constandino Andriotis, Thorben Höltkemeier, Aneela Yasmin, Simone Rochfort, Donald Wlodkowic, Paul Morrison, Felicity Roddick, German Spangenberg, Banwari Lal, Sanjukta Subudhi, Aidyn Mouradov
BACKGROUND: Microalgae have shown clear advantages for the production of biofuels compared with energy crops. Apart from their high growth rates and substantial lipid/triacylglycerol yields, microalgae can grow in wastewaters (animal, municipal and mining wastewaters) efficiently removing their primary nutrients (C, N, and P), heavy metals and micropollutants, and they do not compete with crops for arable lands. However, fundamental barriers to the industrial application of microalgae for biofuel production still include high costs of removing the algae from the water and the water from the algae which can account for up to 30-40% of the total cost of biodiesel production...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Rachana Singh, Parul Parihar, Madhulika Singh, Andrzej Bajguz, Jitendra Kumar, Samiksha Singh, Vijay P Singh, Sheo M Prasad
Cyanobacteria and algae having complex photosynthetic systems can channelize absorbed solar energy into other forms of energy for production of food and metabolites. In addition, they are promising biocatalysts and can be used in the field of "white biotechnology" for enhancing the sustainable production of food, metabolites, and green energy sources such as biodiesel. In this review, an endeavor has been made to uncover the significance of various metabolites like phenolics, phytoene/terpenoids, phytols, sterols, free fatty acids, photoprotective compounds (MAAs, scytonemin, carotenoids, polysaccharides, halogenated compounds, etc...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Wenshan Zhang, Dandan Hu, Rosy Raman, Shaomin Guo, Zili Wei, Xueqi Shen, Jinling Meng, Harsh Raman, Jun Zou
Brassica carinata (BBCC) is an allotetraploid in Brassicas with unique alleles for agronomic traits and has huge potential as source for biodiesel production. To investigate the genome-wide molecular diversity, population structure and linkage disequilibrium (LD) pattern in this species, we genotyped a panel of 81 accessions of B. carinata with genotyping by sequencing approach DArTseq, generating a total of 54,510 polymorphic markers. Two subpopulations were exhibited in the B. carinata accessions. The average distance of LD decay (r(2) = 0...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Dan Zhou, Baoquan Qiao, Gen Li, Song Xue, Jianzhong Yin
Raw material for biodiesel has been expanded from edible oil to non-edible oil. In this study, biodiesel continuous production for two kinds of microalgae Chrysophyta and Chlorella sp. was conducted. Coupling with the supercritical carbon dioxide extraction, the oil of microalgae was extracted firstly, and then sent to the downstream production of biodiesel. The residue after decompression can be reused as the material for pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. Results showed that the particle size of microalgae, temperature, pressure, molar ration of methanol to oil, flow of CO2 and n-hexane all have effects on the yield of biodiesel...
April 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Archana Dash, Rintu Banerjee
Algae-fungus co-culture was investigated as an alternative biodiesel feedstock. An oleaginous filamentous fungus Aspergillus awamori was co-cultured with Chlorella minutissima MCC 27 and Chlorella minutissima UTEX 2219, respectively in N11 medium furnished with different carbon and nitrogen sources. The biomass and lipid production potential of the two C. minutissima-A. awamori co-cultures was compared against the monocultures. A substantial enhancement in biomass and lipid accumulation was observed in both the co-cultures...
April 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
T Sarat Chandra, S Aditi, M Maneesh Kumar, S Mukherji, J Modak, V S Chauhan, R Sarada, S N Mudliar
The freshwater green algae, Scenedesmus obtusus, was cultivated in a 3.4 L airlift photobioreactor. The hydrodynamic parameters were estimated at different inlet gas flow rates (1, 2, 3, and 4 LPM) and their subsequent impact on the growth and biochemical characteristics of microalgae was studied. The biomass concentration and productivity increased with an increase in flow rates from 1 to 4 LPM. A maximum of 0.07 g L(-1) day(-1) productivity of biomass was attained at 3 LPM. An increase of total carbohydrate content from 19...
May 4, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Chao Ma, Hanquan Wen, Defeng Xing, Xuanyuan Pei, Jiani Zhu, Nanqi Ren, Bingfeng Liu
BACKGROUND: Simultaneous wastewater treatment and lipid production by oleaginous microalgae show great potential to alleviate energy shortage and environmental pollution, because they exhibit tremendous advantages over traditional activated sludge. Currently, most research on wastewater treatment by microalgal are carried out at optimized temperature conditions (25-35 °C), but no information about simultaneous wastewater treatment and lipid production by microalgae at low temperatures has been reported...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Hong Pan, Lihua Zhang, Xun Li, Daoyi Guo
The fatty acid methyl esters and fatty acid ethyl esters are known as biodiesels which are considered to be renewable, nontoxic and biodegradable biofuels. However, the conventional biodiesels show a high crystallization temperature which is one of the most critical obstacles against the widespread biodiesel usage. The high crystallization temperature of biodiesel can be reduced by replacing the methyl or ethyl ester with an isopropyl moiety. Here we report on a strategy to establish biosynthesis of the fatty acid isopropyl esters(FAIPEs) from the simple substrate glucose in Escherichia coli with heterologous coexpression of atoB encoded acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase and atoAD encode acetoacetyl-CoA transferase from E...
July 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
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