Herminia Guadalupe Martínez Rodríguez

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Fifteen strains of chlorophycean microalgae have been investigated with regard to their carotenoid profile. Lutein, beta-carotene and violaxanthin were present in virtually all of the strains, lutein, in general, being the most abundant carotenoid, whereas canthaxanthin and astaxanthin were found in some strains only. Chlorella fusca SAG 211-8b,(More)
When grown photoautotrophically, Chlorella zofingiensis strain CCAP 211/14 accumulates a significant amount of valuable carotenoids, namely astaxanthin and lutein, of increasing demand for use as feed additives in fish and poultry farming, as colorants in food, and in health care products. Under standard batch-culture conditions, this microalgal strain(More)
Optimization of conditions for outdoor production of the nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. ATCC 33047 has been pursued. In open ponds operated under semi-continuous regime biomass productivity values achieved ranged from 9 g (dry weight) m(-2) per day, in winter, to over 20 g m(-2) per day, in summer, provided that key operation parameters,(More)
The effect of dilution rate, mixing and daily solar cycles on lutein and biomass productivity of the green unicellular alga Muriellopsis sp. has been studied, throughout the year, in an outdoor tubular photobioreactor. Highest productivity values, for both lutein (about 180 mg m(-2) per day) and biomass (about 40 g (dry weight) m(-2) per day) were achieved(More)
Chlorella sorokiniana has been selected for lutein production, after a screening of thirteen species of microalgae, since it showed both a high content in this carotenoid and a high growth rate. The effects of several nutritional and environmental factors on cell growth and lutein accumulation have been studied. Maximal specific growth rate and lutein(More)
The isolation and characterization of the phytoene synthase gene from the green microalga Chlorella zofingiensis (CzPSY), involved in the first step of the carotenoids biosynthetic pathway, have been performed. CzPSY gene encodes a polypeptide of 420 amino acids. A single copy of CzPSY has been found in C. zofingiensis by Southern blot analysis.(More)
The elemental and molecular composition, pigment content, and productivity of a phycoerythrin-rich nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium-an Anabaena strain isolated from the coastal lagoon Albufera de Valencia, Spain-has been investigated. When compared with other heterocystous species, this strain exhibits similar chlorophyll a, carotene, and total(More)
In this work, we describe the occurrence of irregular shaped green aggregations in the mantle, gill filaments, adductor muscle, visceral mass and haemolymph of wild mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) collected from the Vigo estuary (Galicia, NW Spain). Microscopic examination of these masses revealed that they consist of intracellular green algae which are(More)
The isolation and characterization of the lycopene ε-cyclase gene from the green microalga Chlorella (Chromochloris) zofingiensis (Czlcy-e) was performed. This gene is involved in the formation of the carotenoids α-carotene and lutein. Czlcy-e gene encoded a polypeptide of 654 amino acids. A single copy of Czlcy-e was found in C. zofingiensis. Functional(More)
Ten strains of filamentous, heterocystous nitrogen-fixing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) were screened for growth performance and tolerance to temperature, pH, irradiance and salinity, together with their potential as producers of phycobiliprotein pigments. Phycobiliproteins typically accounted for about 50% total cell protein, the prevalent type being(More)