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Monitoring PHB production in Synechocystis sp. with hyperspectral images

Abstract: Microalgae wastewater treatment systems have the potential for producing added-value products. More specifically, cyanobacteria are able to accumulate polyhydroxybutyrates (PHBs), which can be extracted and used for bioplastics production. Nonetheless, PHB production requires proper culture conditions and continue monitoring, challenging the state-of-the-art technologies. The aim of this study was to investigate the application of hyperspectral technologies to monitor cyanobacteria population growth and PHB production. We have established a ground-breaking measurement method able to discern spectral reflectance changes from light emitted to cyanobacteria in different phases. All in all, enabling to distinguish between cyanobacteria growth phase and PHB accumulation phase. Furthermore, first tests of classification algorithms used for machine learning and image recognition technologies had been applied to automatically recognize the different cyanobacteria species from a complex microbial community containing cyanobacteria and microalgae cultivated in pilot-scale photobioreactors (PBRs). We have defined three main indicators for monitoring PHB production: (i) cyanobacteria specific-strain density, (ii) differentiate between growth and PHB-accumulation and (iii) chlorosis progression. The results presented in this study represent an interesting alternative for traditional measurements in cyanobacteria PHB production and its application in pilot-scale PBRs. Although not directly determining the amount of PHB production, they would give insights on the undergoing processes.

 Fuente: Water Science and Technology, 2022, 86 (1), 211-226

 Editorial: IWA Publishing

 Fecha de publicación: 01/07/2022

 Nº de páginas: 16

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.2166/wst.2022.194

 ISSN: 0273-1223,1996-9732

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2022.194

Autoría

RODRÍGUEZ LORENZO, FRANCISCO

PLACER LORENZO, MIGUEL

HERRERO CASTILLA, LUZ

ÁLVAREZ RODRÍGUEZ, JUAN ANTONIO

IGLESIAS, SANDRA

GÓMEZ, SANTIAGO

FERNÁNDEZ MONTENEGRO, JUAN MANUEL

RUEDA, ESTEL

GARCÍA, JOAN

GONZALEZ-FLO, EVA