Continuous cultivation in a chemostat of the phototrophic procaryote, anacystis nidulans, under nitrogen-limiting conditions

Abstract

Anacystis nidulans was grown photoautotrophically in a chemostat in the presence of light, air and CO2 as the sole carbon source. Either the amount of the nitrogen source in the medium or light intensity were used as growth-limiting parameters. 1. Cells of high glycogen content obtained by pre-incubation under nitrogen starvation conditions maintained their glycogen content during continuous cultivation. Both growth rate and the amount of cell-mass and of glycogen depended on the nitrate content of the medium and the light intensity. The values for the growth rate, the maximal rates of glycogen synthesis and of cell mass formation were 0.1 h−1, 6 mg/l·h and 17 mg/l· h, respectively. 2. Cells without glycogen which had been transferred from an exponentially growing batch culture to chemostat conditions showed increasing rates of growth and of cell mass formation when the light intensity was increased. A determination of specific values resulted in 0.15 h−1 for growth rate and 23 mg/l·h for cell mass formation. 3. The chemostat apparatus is described in detail. Cells of high glycogen content obtained by pre-incubation under nitrogen starvation conditions maintained their glycogen content during continuous cultivation. Both growth rate and the amount of cell-mass and of glycogen depended on the nitrate content of the medium and the light intensity. The values for the growth rate, the maximal rates of glycogen synthesis and of cell mass formation were 0.1 h−1, 6 mg/l·h and 17 mg/l· h, respectively. Cells without glycogen which had been transferred from an exponentially growing batch culture to chemostat conditions showed increasing rates of growth and of cell mass formation when the light intensity was increased. A determination of specific values resulted in 0.15 h−1 for growth rate and 23 mg/l·h for cell mass formation. The chemostat apparatus is described in detail.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00225453

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@article{Lehmann1978ContinuousCI, title={Continuous cultivation in a chemostat of the phototrophic procaryote, anacystis nidulans, under nitrogen-limiting conditions}, author={Martin Lehmann and Gunter W{\"{o}ber}, journal={Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry}, year={1978}, volume={19}, pages={155-163} }