Development of a kinetic model to describe six types of symbiotic interactions in a formate utilizing microalgae-bacteria cultivation system

Zhengyang Xiao, Yurui Zheng, Chinmayi R. Gudi, Yan Liu, Wei Liao, Yinjie J. Tang

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Abstract

This study investigated an algae/formate-utilizing-bacteria system that has been developed for carbon capture. This photomixotrophic consortium consumed formate to support bacterial growth so that the resulting respiration CO2 could be simultaneously used by algae to avoid CO2 gas-lipid mass transfer limitation. To understand biomass growth and population interactions in this unique system, a kinetic model has been developed to describe algae and bacteria multiplication, formate and nitrogen utilizations, CO2 mass transfer, O2 generation and consumption, lighting condition and shading effect. The simulation indicated that this ecosystem could form six types of interactions (mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, neutralism, amensalism, and competition) depending on the light intensity and nutrient availability. The simulation of both batch culture and chemostat, along with parameter sensitivity tests and experimental observations, offered insights into optimal applications of algae-bacteria consortium based photobiorefinery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102372
JournalAlgal Research
Volume58
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Chemostat
  • Gas-liquid mass transfer
  • Mutualism
  • Parasitism
  • Shading effect

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