Interference Effects of Salinity on Growth and Some Metabolic Activities of Two Chlorella Species

Desouky, S.A, Taher M. Taha, Elsayed, E. Hafez, Abdel mola k. Mebed


The unicellular green algae Chlorella minutissima and Chlorella oocystoides were isolated from different regions in Upper Egypt. The effect of different concentrations of salinity (100, 250 and 500 mM NaCl) on growth parameters (optical density, dry weight, and total photosynthetic pigments) and primary products (total carbohydrates, total proteins, and lipids contents) were measured after 7 days. The growth parameters, and the primary products of Chlorella minutissima and Chlorella oocystoides were significantly increased at lower and moderate concentrations (100 and 250 mM NaCl). Under higher concentration 500 mM of NaCl, the growth parameters, and the primary products (total carbohydrates, and total proteins) were significantly decreased. However, the lipid contents were markedly increased.

Keywords: Chlorella minutissima, Chlorella oocystoides, cell growth, total carbohydrates, total proteins and lipid contents.

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