Food Science and Technology (Campinas)
versão impressa ISSN 0101-2061
MEZZOMO, Natália et al. Cultivation of microalgae Spirulina platensis (Arthrospira platensis) from biological treatment of swine wastewater. Ciênc. Tecnol. Aliment. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.1, pp. 173-178. ISSN 0101-2061. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-20612010000100026.
The microalgae biomass production from swine wastewater is a possible solution for the environmental impact generated by wastewater discharge into water sources. The biomass can be added to fish feed, which can be used in the formulation of meat products. This work addresses the adaptation of the microalgae Spirulina platensis (Arthrospira platensis) in swine wastewater and the study of the best dilution of the wastewater for maximum biomass production and for removal of Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), ammonia and phosphorous to the microalgae. The cultivation of Spirulina platensis, strain Paracas presented maximum cellular concentrations and maximum specific growth rates in the wastewater concentration of 5.0 and 8.5%. The highest COD removals occurred with 26.5 and 30.0% of wastewater in the medium. The maximum removal of total phosphorous (41.6%), was with 8.5% of wastewater, which is related to the microalgae growth. The results of Spirulina culture in the swine wastewater demonstrated the possibility of using these microalgae for the COD and phosphorous removal and for biomass production.
Palavras-chave : Arthospira; biomass production; pollutant removal; Spirulina; swine wastewater.