Liliana Rodolfi

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Thirty microalgal strains were screened in the laboratory for their biomass productivity and lipid content. Four strains (two marine and two freshwater), selected because robust, highly productive and with a relatively high lipid content, were cultivated under nitrogen deprivation in 0.6-L bubbled tubes. Only the two marine microalgae accumulated lipid(More)
Nannochloropsis sp. F&M-M24 and Tetraselmis suecica F&M-M33 were cultivated outdoors in Green Wall Panels under nutrient deficiency to stimulate oil synthesis. Under nitrogen deprivation, Nannochloropsis attained average biomass and lipid productivities of 9.9 and 6.5 g m(-2) day(-1), respectively. Starved Tetraselmis cultures achieved a biomass(More)
The cyanobacterium Nostoc strain ATCC 53789, a known cryptophycin producer, was tested for its potential as a source of natural pesticides. The antibacterial, antifungal, insecticidal, nematocidal, and cytotoxic activities of methanolic extracts of the cyanobacterium were evaluated. Among the target organisms, nine fungi (Armillaria sp., Fusarium oxysporum(More)
During cell division Nannochloropsis releases the thick and multilayered parent cell wall [Phycologia 35 (1996) 253]. The excretion of autoinhibitory substances in Nannochloropsis cultures has been also reported [J. Appl. Phycol. 11 (1999) 123]. Both wall remains and autoinhibitors may negatively affect culture growth and limit the recycling of the exhaust(More)
Toxic dinoflagellates are important in natural ecosystems and are ofglobal economic significance because of the impact of toxic blooms onaquaculture and human health. Both the organisms and the toxins they producehave potential for biotechnology applications. We investigated autotrophicgrowth of a toxic dinoflagellate, Alexandrium minutum, inthree different(More)
BACKGROUND Chlorella is one of the few microalgae employed for human consumption. It typically has a high protein content, but it can also accumulate high amounts of lipids or carbohydrates under stress conditions and, for this reason, it is of interest in the production of biofuels. High production costs and energy consumption are associated with its(More)
A study was made on the mass cultivation of Nannochloropsis sp. in newly designed annular reactors operated under natural, artificial or combined illumination. The annular reactor consists of two 2-m-high Plexiglas cylinders of different diameter placed vertically one inside the other so as to form an annular culture chamber. Artificial illumination is(More)
The effect of light quality on cell size and cell cycle, growth rate, productivity, photosynthetic efficiency and biomass composition of the marine prasinophyte Tetraselmis suecica F&M-M33 grown in 2-L flat panel photobioreactors illuminated with light emitting diodes (LEDs) of different colors was investigated. Biomass productivity and photosynthetic(More)
RATIONALE Due to their health benefits, there is growing interest in the production and use of carotenoids from natural sources, e.g. microalgae. To date, only Haematococcus pluvialis and Dunaliella, that accumulate, respectively, astaxanthin and β-carotene in large quantities, are grown commercially. However, interest is also being focused on other(More)
The general objective of the present work was to evaluate the toxicity of 11 microalgal strains and one natural bloom, selected as potential food or food ingredients due to their nutritional quality, in two models, human dermal fibroblasts and Artemia salina. Methanolic and aqueous extracts of the biomasses were tested on A. salina for 24 and 48 h at(More)