Gang-Guk Choi

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The detection and prevention of cyanobacterial blooms are important issues in water quality management. As such, the diversity and community dynamics of cyanobacteria during cyanobacterial bloom in the Daechung Reservoir, Korea, were studied by analyzing the intergenic spacer (IGS) region between phycocyanin subunit genes cpcB and cpcA (cpcBA IGS). To(More)
This study deals with an effective nucleic acids extraction method from various strains of Botryococcus braunii which possesses an extensive extracellular matrix. A method combining freeze/thaw and bead-beating with heterogeneous diameter of silica/zirconia beads was optimized to isolate DNA and RNA from microalgae, especially from B. braunii. Eukaryotic(More)
Cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophied water body are generally composed of various genotypes with or without microcystin-producing genes (mcy gene cluster). Thus there is a need for quantification of potent toxin producing strains. The present study aimed at identifying microcystin variants and its producer strains in Durgakund pond, Varanasi, India, based on(More)
Increased cyanobacterial blooms, a source of cyanotoxins are linked with climate change and eutrophication in aquatic bodies, a major concern worldwide. Microcystins are potently hepatotoxic, nephrotoxic as well as carcinogenic. Thus microcystins are threat to tourism, agriculture and animal's health. However, there is a still lacuna in the knowledge of(More)
Over 100 green-colored colonies were isolated from environmental samples when cultivating on a BG11 agar medium, and 4 strains showing different morphologies were selected based on light microscopic observation. Among these strains, the microalgal species with the highest growth rate under 10% CO(2) was identified as Ettlia sp. YC001 using an 18S rDNA-based(More)
Arthrospira platensis SAG 21.99 and the isolated bacteria (Halomonas spp., Staphylococcus sp., etc.) from the culture of A. platensis SAG 21.99 were treated with five antibiotics to determine the minimal lethal concentrations. The combination of a washing step and a consecutive treatment with antibiotics, imipenem (100 microg ml(-1)), neomycin (100 microg(More)
A mutant of Arthrospira platensis PCC 9108, strain M9108, obtained by mutagenesis with UV treatment, was able to mixotrophically grow in an SOT medium containing 40 g of glucose/l. The biomass and specific growth rate of strain M9108 (4.10 g/l and 0.70/d) were 1.9-fold and 1.4-fold higher, respectively, than those of the wild type (2.21 g/l and 0.58/d)(More)
BACKGROUND Microalgae are considered promising alternative energy sources because they consume CO2 and accumulate large amounts of lipids that can be used as biofuel. Nannochloropsis is a particularly promising microalga due to its high growth rate and lipid content, and the availability of genomic information. Transcription factors (TFs) are global(More)
Spirulina platensis, a filamentous cyanobacterium, produces γ-linolenic acid (GLA, 18:3), which is an important anti-inflammatory for pharmaceutical use. Thus, to increase the GLA content in S. platensis, this study investigated the combined effect of a light–dark (LD) two-stage culture and mixotrophic culture including a precursor of GLA. When compared(More)
The effects of the sonication parameters, including the power and time, were investigated for the effective isolation of Scenedesmus sp. from environmental microalgae communities when using fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). The selectivity, defined as the percentage of Scenedesmus sp. successfully isolated and grown in microplates, appeared as(More)