This study aimed at evaluating the effects of different environmental conditions (irradiance, temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen) on a microalgae-bacteria consortium cultivated in a pilot-scale open pond and fed on the liquid fraction of anaerobic digestate. A standardized photo-respirometry protocol was followed to evaluate the activity of microalgae under different conditions. Two datasets (specific photosynthetic oxygen production rates and respiratory oxygen consumption rates) were obtained for each environmental parameter, throughout the entire range of conditions found in the outdoor cultivation system. Different kinetic models available in literature were fitted to experimental data and the resulting outputs were compared through model selection estimators, in order to select the most appropriate equations. The proposed set of equations constitute a modelling tool for the prediction of algal growth rates in algae-bacteria systems, as a function of environmental conditions.

Selection of photosynthesis and respiration models to assess the effect of environmental conditions on mixed microalgae consortia grown on wastewater

Rossi S.;Casagli F.;Ficara E.
2020-01-01

Abstract

This study aimed at evaluating the effects of different environmental conditions (irradiance, temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen) on a microalgae-bacteria consortium cultivated in a pilot-scale open pond and fed on the liquid fraction of anaerobic digestate. A standardized photo-respirometry protocol was followed to evaluate the activity of microalgae under different conditions. Two datasets (specific photosynthetic oxygen production rates and respiratory oxygen consumption rates) were obtained for each environmental parameter, throughout the entire range of conditions found in the outdoor cultivation system. Different kinetic models available in literature were fitted to experimental data and the resulting outputs were compared through model selection estimators, in order to select the most appropriate equations. The proposed set of equations constitute a modelling tool for the prediction of algal growth rates in algae-bacteria systems, as a function of environmental conditions.
2020
Algae-bacteria
Irradiance, Temperature, pH and Dissolved Oxygen
Modelling
Photo-respirometry
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