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    Abstract - Issue May 2014, 35 (3)                                     Back

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Physiological studies of native cyanobacterial species Lyngbya contorta and Phormidium foveolarum in sewage waste water 



Lalita Rana1, Sunil Chhikara2* and Rajesh Dhankhar1

1Department of Environmental Science, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak-124 001, India

2University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak-124 001, India

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Publication Data

Paper received:

12 September 2012


Revised received:

16 May 2013



31 July 2013



A variety of Cyanobacterial species predominantly ensheathed forms occurs in sewage water receiving areas. A study was conducted to analyse the potential of using native Lyngbya contorta and Phormidium foveolarum isolated from sewage water irrigated soils, for biomass production under sewage waste water. The native Cyanobacterial strains were characterised and changes in their biochemical composition in response to different concentrations of sewage waste water were investigated. Results showed that biomass(3.5-6.6mg 10ml-1, 2.6-5.6mg 10ml-1) and photosynthetic pigment contents increased with incubation time (chlorophyll 1.21-3.09 ?g ml-1, 1.92-9.51 ?g ml-1; carotenoid 20.8-34.8 ?g ml-1, 16.4-32.8 ?g ml-1)? and decreased thereafter as nutrients became limiting. On the other hand, soluble proteins, after showing a decline, recovered faster with maximum concentration (42.6-63.3 ?g ml-1 and 59-79.8 ?g ml-1) recorded on day 8. Total carbohydrate content also increased (19.27-31.45 ?g ml-1, 14.1-28.21 ?g ml-1) in response to various concentrations of sewage waste water. The overall response was better for 50% sewage waste water concentration which showed that these native strains were suitable candidates for cultivation after proper dilution. ??? 


 Key words

Biomass, Carbohydrates, Cyanobacteria, Photosynthetic pigments, Soluble proteins



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