Growth, lipid production and metabolic adjustments in the euryhaline eustigmatophyte Nannochloropsis oceanica CCALA 804 in response to osmotic downshift Academic Article uri icon


  • We investigated the effects of osmotic downshift induced by the transfer of Nannochloropsis oceanica CCALA 804 from artificial seawater medium (27 g L− 1 NaCl) to the same medium without NaCl or freshwater modified BG-11 medium (mBG-11) as a function of photosynthetically active radiation (170, 350, or 700 μmol photon m–2 s–1). Alterations in growth, total fatty acid (FA) content and FA composition of individual lipid classes, and in relative contents of metabolites relevant to osmotic adjustments were studied. Cells displayed remarkable tolerance to the osmotic downshift apart from some swelling, with no substantial lag or decline in cell division rate. Biomass accumulation and chlorophyll a content were enhanced upon downshifting, especially under the highest irradiance. The highest chlorophyll a and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) biomass and culture contents …

publication date

  • July 1, 2013