Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 51, Number 4, 2015
|Page(s)||329 - 334|
|Published online||11 January 2016|
Specific growth rate, colonial morphology and extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) content of Scenedesmus obliquus grown under different levels of light limitation
1 College of Resources and Environment, Northwest A & F University, Yangling 712100, PR China
2 Key Laboratory of Plant Nutrition and the Agri-environment in Northwest China, Ministry of Agriculture, PR China
3 Water Quality Performance & Regulation, Coliban Region Water Corporation, Bendigo, Victoria 3554, Australia
4 Department of Water Environment Research, Changjiang River Scientific Research Institute, Wuhan 430010, PR China
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 14 February 2015
Accepted: 27 October 2015
In order to investigate the role of extracellular polysaccharide (EPS) in colony formation of Scenedesmus obliquus, the relationships among morphological characteristics, EPS content and specific growth rate of S. obliquus are investigated in this study. S. obliquus cultured under varying light intensities exhibited different specific growth rates, when the specific growth rate decreased from 0.65 to 0.40 day−1 the cells per particle of S. obliquus increased from 1.2 to 2.8; but the cells per particle fell back to 1.2 as the specific growth rate further decreased from 0.40 to 0.14 day−1. Moreover, a negative relationship between the specific growth rate and EPS content was found when the specific growth rate was lower than 0.4 day−1; however, the EPS content maintained at a relatively steady state (0.14–0.20 pg cell−1) when the specific growth rate was higher than 0.4 day−1. No significant relationship was identified between EPS content and cells per particle of S. obliquus. This result revealed that the increasing EPS content may not lead to colony formation of S. obliquus, which can provide a deeper insight into the role of EPS content in colony formation of different algae.
Key words: Extracellular polysaccharides / colony formation / Scenedesmus obliquus / specific growth rate / morphology
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