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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

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DESHMUKH, Devendra V.  and  PURANIK, Pravin R.. Statistical evaluation of nutritional components impacting phycocyanin production in Synechocystis SP. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2012, vol.43, n.1, pp.348-355. ISSN 1517-8382.

Alkaliphilic cyanobacterial cultures were isolated from Lonar lake (MS, India). Among the set of cultures, Synechocystis sp, was studied for phycocyanin production. A maximum yield was obtained in BG-11 medium at optimized conditions (pH 10 and 16 h light).  In order to increase the phycocyanin yield media optimization based on the eight media components a Plackett-Burman design of the 12 experimental trials was used. As per the analysis CaCl2.2H2O and Na2CO3 have been found to be the most influencing media components at 95% significance. Further the optimum concentrations of these components were estimated following a Box Wilson Central Composite Design (CCD) with four star points and five replicates at the center points for each of two factors was adopted for optimization of these two media components. The results indicated that there was an interlinked influence of CaCl2.2H2O and Na2CO3 on 98% significance. The maximum yield of phycocyanin (12% of dry wt) could be obtained at 0.058 g/l and 0.115 g/l of CaCl2.2H2O and Na2CO3, respectively.

Keywords : Synechocystis; Lonar lake; Phycocyanin; Plackett-Burman; Central composite design.

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