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Response of Rhodopseudomonas capsulata to illumination and growth rate in a light-limited continuous culture.

By H Aiking and G Sojka


Rhodopseudomonas capsulata was grown under anaerobic, photosynthetic conditions in a continuous culture device. Under light limitation, at a constant dilution rate, it was shown that cell composition, including photopigment (bacteriochlorophyll and carotenoids) and ribonucleic acid content, was not affected by incident light intensity; however, steady state culture density varied directly and linearly with light intensity. On the other hand, photopigment and ribonucleic acid levels were affected by growth rate regardless of light intensity. Additional experiments indicated a high apparent Ks for growth of R. capsulata with respect to light. These results were interpreted to mean that near the maximum growth rate (D = 0.45 h-1) some internal metabolic process became the limiting factor for growth, rather than the imposed energy limitation. A mathematical expression for the relation between steady-state culture density and dilution rate was derived and was found to adequately describe the data. A strong correlation was found between continuous cultures limited either by light or by a chemical energy source

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1979
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:216900
Provided by: PubMed Central
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