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The biotechnological potential of Nostoc linckia as a biofertilizer and source of bioactive compounds makes it important to study its growth physiology and productivity. Since nitrogen is a fundamental component of N. linckia biomass, we compared the growth and biochemical composition of cultures grown in BG11 (i.e., in the presence of nitrate) and BG110 (in the absence of nitrate). Cultures grown in BG11 accumulated more cell biomass reaching a dry weight of 1.65 ± 0.06 g L-1, compared to 0.92 ± 0.01 g L-1 in BG110 after 240 h of culture. Biomass productivity was higher in culture grown in BG11 medium (average 317 ± 38 mg L-1 day-1) compared to that attained in BG110 (average 262 ± 37 mg L-1 day-1). The chlorophyll content of cells grown in BG11 increased continuously up to (39.0 ± 1.3 mg L-1), while in BG110 it increased much more slowly (13.6 ± 0.8 mg L-1). Biomass grown in BG11 had higher protein and phycobilin contents. However, despite the differences in biochemical composition and pigment concentration, between BG11 and BG110 cultures, both their net photosynthetic rates and maximum quantum yields of the photosystem II resulted in similar. © 2022. The Author(s).


Eleftherios Touloupakis, Graziella Chini Zittelli, Ana Margarita Silva Benavides, Giuseppe Torzillo. Growth and photosynthetic performance of Nostoc linckia (formerly N. calcicola) cells grown in BG11 and BG110 media. Photochemical & photobiological sciences : Official journal of the European Photochemistry Association and the European Society for Photobiology. 2023 Apr;22(4):795-807

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