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Cost-efficient harvesting of microalgae is a major challenge due to their small size and often low concentration in the culture medium. The flocculation efficacy of different inorganic and organic amendments was evaluated on various microalgae genera—one strain each belonging to Chlamydomonas, Chlorococcum, two of Botryococcus, and of Chlorella. An(More)
Methane (CH4) emission and water productivity were estimated in an experiment conducted during wet (rainy) season of 2010 at the research farm of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. Treatments comprising three methods of crop establishment viz., conventional transplanting (CT), system of rice intensification (SRI) and double(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze and characterize the diversity of culturable thermotolerant bacteria in Manikaran hot springs. A total of 235 isolates were obtained employing different media, and screened for temperature tolerance (40 °C–70 °C). A set of 85 isolates tolerant to 45 °C or above were placed in 42 phylogenetic clusters after amplified(More)
The genus Chlorella is a widely employed microalga for biodiesel, as it can be grown using photo/mixo/heterotrophic mode of cultivation. The present investigation was undertaken with the hypothesis that addition of different substrates (amino acids, carbon sources, vitamins) along with reducing agents may aid in diverting Acetyl CoA to malonyl CoA or fatty(More)
Microalgae and cyanobacteria are potential food and feed, sources of high-value bioactive molecules and biofuels, and find tremendous applications in bioremediation and agriculture. Although few efforts have been undertaken to index the microalgal germplasm available in terms of lipid content, information on suitability of strains for mass multiplication(More)
A gene responsible for fungicidal activity was identified in the cyanobacterial strain Calothrix elenkinii RPC1, which had shown promise as a biocontrol agent. Functional screening of the genomic library revealed fungicidal (against Pythium aphanidermatum) and endoglucanase activities in two clones. Sequencing revealed an open reading frame of 1,044 bp,(More)
The diversity of culturable, aerobic and heterotrophic Bacillus and Bacillus-derived genera (BBDG) was investigated in various extreme environments (including thermal springs, cold deserts, mangroves, salt lakes, arid regions, salt pans and acidic soils) of India. Heat treatment followed by enrichment in different media led to a total of 893 bacterial(More)
Cyanobacteria - phytopathogenic fungi - tomato plant interactions were evaluated for developing suitable biological options for combating biotic stress (Fusarium wilt) and enhancing plant vigour. Preliminary evaluation was undertaken on the fungicidal and hydrolytic enzyme activity of the cyanobacterial strains (Anabaena variabilis RPAN59, A. laxa RPAN8)(More)
Bacteria-mediated plant growth promotion is a well-established and complex phenomenon that is often achieved by the activities of more than one plant growth-promoting (PGP) trait, which may not always be present in a single organism. Biofilms developed using a combination of two organisms with useful plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) traits may(More)
Biofilms represent mixed communities present in a diverse range of environments; however, their utility as inoculants is less investigated. Our investigation was aimed towards in vitro development of biofilms using fungal mycelia (Trichoderma viride) as matrices and nitrogen-fixing and P-solubilizing bacteria as partners, as a prelude to their use as(More)