Flashing light emitting diodes (LEDs) induce proteins, polyunsaturated fatty acids and pigments in three microalgae

Francesca Scargiali, Serena Lima, Ralf Rautenberger, Hugo Pereira, João C.S. Varela, Daniela Morales-Sánchez, Peter S.C. Schulze, Tamára F. Santos, Lisa M. Schüler, René H. Wijffels, João C.S. Varela, Viswanath Kiron, René H. Wijffels

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As the periodic emission of light pulses by light emitting diodes (LEDs) is known to stimulate growth or induce high value biocompounds in microalgae, this flashing light regime was tested on growth and biochemical composition of the microalgae Nannochloropsis gaditana, Koliella antarctica and Tetraselmis chui. At low flashing light frequencies (e.g., 5 and 50 Hz, Duty cycle = 0.05), a strain-dependent growth inhibition and an accumulation of protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, chlorophyll or carotenoids (lutein, β-carotene, violaxanthin and neoxanthin) was observed. In addition, a 4-day application of low-frequency flashing light to concentrated cultures increased productivities of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and specific carotenoids up to three-fold compared to continuous or high frequency flashing light (500 Hz, Duty cycle = 0.05). Therefore, applying low-frequency flashing light as finishing step in industrial production can increase protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids or pigment contents in biomass, leading to high-value algal products.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)15-24
Numero di pagine10
RivistaJournal of Biotechnology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021

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