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Microalgal growth enhancement by levoglucosan isolated from the green seaweed Monostroma nitidum

By Hai Quoc Luyen, Ji-Young Cho, Hyun-Woung Shin, Nam Gyu Park and Yong-Ki Hong


Microalgal growth was enhanced by the addition of levoglucosan to the culture medium. The growth-enhancing compound levoglucosan was isolated from the green seaweed Monostroma nitidum using water extraction, molecular fractionation, DEAE-cellulose column chromatography, and high-performance liquid chromatography. Yield of the compound from seaweed powder was 5 × 10−3% (w/w). At 10 mM concentration, levoglucosan enhanced cell growth and the specific growth rate of all feed microalgal species tested (Chaetoceros gracilis, Chlorella ellipsoidea, Dunaliella salina, Isochrysis galbana, Nannochloris oculata, Navicula incerta, Pavlova lutheri, Tetraselmis suecica) in most culture media by approximately 150%. Cellular fatty acid profiles and cell size differed marginally between cultures with and without levoglucosan

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