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Poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a biodegradable biopolymer that may replace fossil-based plastics reducing its negative environmental impact. One highly sustainable strategy to produce these biopolymers is the exploitation of photosynthetic microorganisms that use sunlight and CO2 to produce biomass and subsequently, PHB. Exploring environmental biological diversity is a powerful tool to find resilient microorganisms potentially exploitable to produce bioproducts. In this work, a cyanobacterium (Synechocystis sp.) isolated from a contaminated area close to an important industrial complex was shown to produce PHB under different culture conditions. Carbon, nutrients supply and light intensity impact on biomass and PHB productivity were assessed, showing that the highest yield of PHB achieved was 241 mg L-1 (31%dcw) under high light intensity. Remarkably this condition not only stimulated PHB accumulation by 70% compared to other conditions tested but also high cellular duplication rate, maximizing the potential of this strain for PHB production. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Louise Hase Gracioso, Alessandra Bellan, Bruno Karolski, Letícia Oliveira Bispo Cardoso, Elen Aquino Perpetuo, Claudio Augusto Oller do Nascimento, Reinaldo Giudici, Valentino Pizzocchero, Marina Basaglia, Tomas Morosinotto. Light excess stimulates Poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate yield in a mangrove-isolated strain of Synechocystis sp. Bioresource technology. 2021 Jan;320(Pt B):124379

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