Siew-Moi Phang

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The potential application of Chlorella vulgaris UMACC 001 for bioremediation of textile wastewater (TW) was investigated using four batches of cultures in high rate algae ponds (HRAP) containing textile dye (Supranol Red 3BW) or TW. The biomass attained ranged from 0.17 to 2.26 mg chlorophyll a/L while colour removal ranged from 41.8% to 50.0%. There was(More)
The growth, biochemical composition and fatty acid profiles of six Antarctic microalgae cultured at different temperatures, ranging from 4, 6, 9, 14, 20 to 30 ∘C, were compared. The algae were isolated from seawater, freshwater, soil and snow samples collected during our recent expeditions to Casey, Antarctica, and are currently deposited in the University(More)
The tropical agarophyte Gracilaria changii has been much researched and documented by the Algae Research Laboratory, University of Malaya, especially with regards to its potential as a seaweed bioreactor for valuable compounds. Protoplast regeneration of this seaweed was developed following the optimization of protoplast isolation protocol. Effect of the(More)
The effects of nitrate and silicate levels, and carbon source on growth, biochemical composition and fatty acid composition ofNitzschia inconspicua were investigated using batch cultures. Within the range of silicate levels supplied (8.8–176 μM), no marked variations in growth trend, biochemical composition or fatty acid composition were shown. Biomass at(More)
ARC Centre in Bioinformatics and Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala(More)
Xia in 1986 combined Gracilaria salicornia, G. canaliculata (G. crassa), G. cacalia and G. minor into one species: G.salicornia. Two morphological variants of G. salicornia were collectedfrom different localities in Malaysia. Variant A collected from Morib,Selangor grew on the roots of Avicennia. The samples showed absenceof main axis; segmented(More)
Mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (cox1) was employed to investigate the intraspecific genetic diversity of Gracilaria changii collected from various localities distributed along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Gracilaria changii is an agarophyte with potential for commercialization in Malaysia as it has high yields of good quality agar(More)
Gracilaria is a red seaweed that has been cultivated worldwide and is commercially used for food, fertilizers, animal fodder, and phycocolloids. However, the high morphological plasticity of seaweeds often leads to the misidentification in the traditional identification of Gracilaria species. Molecular markers are important especially in the correct(More)
RNA extraction from seaweed tissues is problematic due to the presence of polysaccharides and polyphenolic compounds upon cell disruption. Besides, a successful RNA isolation from seaweed tissues can sometimes be strain- and species-specific. Four different methods were used to extract RNA from Gracilaria changii (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta), collected from(More)
Toxicity testing of four heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Mn and As) using four species of tropical marine phytoplankton, Chaetoceros calcitrans, Isochrysis galbana, Tetraselmis tetrahele and Tetraselmis sp., was carried out in multiwell plates with test volumes of 2 mL and the results compared to those of standard, large volume, shake-flasks. IC50 values(More)