Influence of Medium Frequency Light/Dark Cycles on the Cultivation of Auxenochlorella pyrenoidosa
Light (wavelength, intensity, and light/dark cycle) have been considered as one of the most important parameters for microalgae cultivation. In this paper, the effect of medium frequency intermittent light on Auxenochlorella pyrenoidosa (formerly Chlorella pyrenoidosa) cultivation was investigated. Three parameters of intermittent light, light intensity, light/dark ratio, and light/dark cycle were employed and the influence of these parameters on the productivity of Auxenochlorella pyrenoidosa
... orella pyrenoidosa was studied. The biomass yield and growth rates were mainly affected by the light fraction and cycle time. Light with 220 μE m−2 s−1 light intensity was determined as the optimal light intensity for biomass production. At the light intensity of 420 μE m−2 s−1, the results indicated that the intermittent light improved the biomass production with larger light/dark ratio compared with the continuous light. At a lower mean light intensity over time, the intermittent light should be more suitable for biomass growth and the decrease in the light/dark ratio (L/D) will lead to a higher biomass productivity. The light/dark cycle time has little influence on the biomass yield.