A lutein-enriched mutant, Chlorella sorokiniana MB-1-M12 was grown mixotrophically for lutein production. The lutein production efficiency of the strain was enhanced via optimizing the operating strategies. The results show that using semi-continuous cultivation with a medium replacement ratio of 75% resulted in a higher lutein productivity and lutein concentration of 6.24 mg/L/d and 50.6 mg/L, respectively, which were markedly higher than those obtained from batch and fed-batch cultivation. Cultivation under simulated outdoor cultivation conditions (i.e., temperature of 35 °C/25 °C for a 12 h/12 h light/dark cycle) could achieve the highest lutein productivity and lutein concentration of 3.34 mg/L/d and 30.8 mg/L, respectively. Lutein production via outdoor cultivation of MB-1-M12 strain with a 60-L tubular photobioreactor was performed using semi-continuous operation. With a medium replacement ratio of 75%, a good lutein productivity (4.46 mg/L/d) and concentration (27.4 mg/L) was obtained, indicating the feasibility of producing lutein under outdoor cultivation of the microalgal strain.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Waste Management and Disposal