Heterotrophic cultivation of Galdieria sulphuraria under non-sterile conditions in digestate and hydrolyzed straw

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Non-sterile heterotrophic cultivation of Galdieria sulphuraria in presence of digestate as well as straw after hydrolysis was investigated. G. sulphuraria can be grown in pure digestate at rates of 0.9 day−1 with glucose. However, a proteolytic treatment of digestate resulted in increased growth rates (1.2 day−1) and doubled cell concentrations. Furthermore, G. sulphuraria can utilize glucose obtained after straw hydrolysis. Biomass yields in glucose limited cultures were around 0.9 g per g glucose, while only 0.2 g biomass was formed per g glucose in glucose sufficient cultures. Biomass composition (w/w) of G. sulphuraria grown in digestate supplemented with straw hydrolysate consisted of 20% carbohydrates, 37% proteins and 3% lipids. This study revealed the potential to utilize agricultural waste streams to form algal biomass rich in proteins and may pave the way to novel utilization strategies to be implemented in rural areas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125477
JournalBioresource Technology
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 01.10.2021

    Research areas

  • Agricultural residues, Anaerobic digestion, Digestate, Hydrolysis, Straw
  • Biology