Bioprospecting microalgae from natural algal bloom for sustainable biomass and biodiesel production

Manish K. Pandey, Chitralekha Nag Dasgupta, Shashank Mishra, Manish Srivastava, Vijai Kumar Gupta, M. R. Suseela, P. W. Ramteke*

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Natural algal bloom consists of promising algal species which could be a feasible option for the source of bulk biomass and biodiesel production. It has been found in five natural fresh water algal blooms (Uttar Pradesh, India), containing high nitrogen (N) (4.6 ± 0.32 mg/L) and phosphorus (P) (4.12 ± 0.29 mg/L) concentration during spring (23.9–25.9 °C) and summer season (32.0–35.0 °C). Among the isolated algae from naturally occurring bloom, Chlorella sorokiniana MKP01 exhibited highest biomass (1.02 ± 0.02 g/L) and lipid content (174.1 ± 9.6 mg/L) in untreated tap water and urea/single super phosphate (SSP) in the ratio (2:1). The biodiesel quality was assessed and found to be with the Indian and international standards. Algal bloom was artificially developed in the open pond containing 10,000 l tap water supplemented with Urea/SSP (2:1) for a consistent supply of bulk biomass, yielded 8 kg of total biomass and lipid 1.3 kg.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5447-5458
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number13
Early online date17 May 2019
Publication statusPrint publication - 4 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Agricultural fertilizer
  • Algal bloom
  • Biofuels
  • Biomass
  • Water parameters


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