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Spirulina production in brine effluent from cooling towers

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dc.contributor.author Choonawala, Bilkis Banu
dc.date.accessioned 2007-11-07T08:57:03Z
dc.date.available 2007-11-07T08:57:03Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.other 306409
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/134
dc.description Thesis (M.Tech.:Biotechnology)-Dept. of Biotechnology, Durban University of Technology, 2007 xvi, 185 leaves en
dc.description.abstract Spirulina is a blue-green, multicellular, filamentous cyanobacterium that can grow to sizes of 0.5 millimetres in length. It is an obligate photoautotroph and has a pH growth range from 8.3 to 11.0.The large-scale production of Spirulina biomass depends on many factors, the most important of which are nutrient availability, temperature and light. These factors can influence the growth of Spirulina and the composition of the biomass produced by changes in metabolism. Brine effluent from cooling towers of electricity generating plants may provide an ideal growth medium for Spirulina based on its growth requirements, i.e. high alkalinity and salinity. The aim of this research was to optimise brine effluent from cooling towers by supplementing it with salts, in order to use this optimised effluent in a small open laboratory raceway pond in an attempt to increase the biomass production of Spirulina. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Biotechnology en
dc.subject Spirulina en
dc.subject Cooling towers en
dc.subject Microalgae--Cultures and culture media en
dc.subject Biotechnological process control en
dc.subject Effluent quality en
dc.subject Biotechnology--Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title Spirulina production in brine effluent from cooling towers en
dc.type Thesis en


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