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Blauvelt, Melissa [1].

Effects of Light Spectrum on Synechococcus Growth.

The goal of this project is to optimize growth parameters of the Cyanobacterium Synechococcus by finding a model light spectrum that provides ideal maximal growth. Synechococcus is used as a model system for studying Cyanobacteria in areas of photosynthesis, nitrogen-fixation, biofuel production and antimicrobial properties. However, very little research has been done on the specific light wavelengths required for optimal growth. Synechococcus elongatus was studied for growth variations under seven different wavelengths of light. Each wavelength of light was analyzed daily for its effects on chlorophyll concentration, cell count and culture turbidity. Optimal growth parameters was obtained in four of the light sources used; as seen in total cell count and chlorophyll content. These results will be used to guide future studies of dichromatic light effects, antimicrobial properties and biodiesel extraction.

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1 - Flathead Valley Community College, Biology, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell, MT, 59901, United States

Synechoccocus elongatus
light spectrum

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Ecophysiology Poster Session
Location: Exhibit Hall/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 5:30 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PEP015
Abstract ID:953
Candidate for Awards:None

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