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Reuse of exhausted medium from Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis after treatment with powdered activated carbon and different coagulants.

Grant number: 12/08883-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): July 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Technology
Principal Investigator:João Carlos Monteiro de Carvalho
Grantee:Lauris Del Carmen Mejia da Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas (FCF). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The cyanobacterium Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis, one of the most studied and cultivated photosynthetic microorganisms, has been largely produced for obtaining biomass with high contents of protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and pigments. This biomass shows potential use as human food supplement and animal feed. Consequently, several studies are made aiming to improve biomass productivities, using different sources of carbon and nitrogen as well as environmental conditions such as light intensity, pH, and temperature. Nevertheless, studies assessing the possibility of reusing Arthrospira cultivation medium were not found in the literature. This method, besides reducing the cost of nutrients, could also provide environmental benefits, by avoiding soil salinization and eutrophication in water bodies. This project aims to study the reuse of effluent medium from Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis cultivation treated with powdered activated carbon and different coagulants. The effluent, obtained from A. platensis batch cultivation in bench-scale open ponds, using sodium nitrate as a nitrogen source, will be treated by physic-chemical processes, employing different concentrations of powdered activated carbon and ferric chloride or ferric sulphate. The treated medium will be used in a new cultivation of the same microorganism. Using a randomized block design, the efficiency of medium treatments will be evaluated by means of multivariate analysis of variance, considering the parameters of effluent characterization, cell growth kinetic parameters, and A. platensis biomass composition as dependent variables.Key-words: Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis, microbial biomass, culture medium effluent, powdered activated carbon, coagulant.

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MEJIA-DA-SILVA, LAURIS DEL CARMEN; MATSUDO, MARCELO CHUEI; MOROCHO-JACOME, ANA LUCIA; MONTEIRO DE CARVALHO, JOAO CARLOS. Application of Physicochemical Treatment Allows Reutilization of Arthrospira platensis Exhausted Medium An Investigation of Reusing Medium in Arthrospira platensis Cultivation. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, v. 186, n. 1, p. 40-53, . (12/08883-6, 11/52028-0)
Academic Publications
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SILVA, Lauris Del Carmen Mejia da. Reuse of exhausted medium from Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis after treatment with powdered activated carbon and different coagulants.. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Conjunto das Químicas (IQ e FCF) (CQ/DBDCQ) São Paulo.

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