Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 exhibited a high degree of variation in biomass and lipid production rates in response to temperature changes in a photobioreactor. Compared with an optimal temperature of 30-33. °C, a higher temperature of 44. °C and lower temperatures of 22. °C and 18. °C severely inhibited the specific growth rate (up to a 66% decrease), biomass production rate (up to a 71% decrease), nutrient utilization rates (up to a 77% decrease), and lipid production rate (up to a 80% decrease). Temperature stress triggered changes in the relative percentage of individual fatty acids (mainly for C16:0 and C18:3), and degree of unsaturation significantly changed: 0.87 at 30. °C, 0.62 at 44. °C, and 1.29 at 18. °C. Although PCC6803 survived temperature stress and maintained its predominate position in the culture, it could not fully recover from long-term temperature stress. Thus, avoiding prolonged exposure to extreme temperature is crucial for using PCC6803 as feedstock for biofuel production.
- Biomass production
- Fatty acids
- Synechocystis sp. PCC6803
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Waste Management and Disposal