Biomass production of microalga Scenedesmus sp. with wastewater from fishery.

Charity Andrade, Alexandra Vera, Carmen Cárdenas, Ever Morales


The microalgae represent an alternative for the treatment of wastewater for his capacity of removal of nutrients and high commercial value of produced biomass. There was evaluated the growth, removal of nutrients and organic matter of Microalgae Scenedesmus sp. in wastewater derived from remains of fish. Discontinuous cultures were in use in tanks to sky opened with 150L, constant aeration and in conditions no controlled of photoperiod and temperature. The growth of microalgae we evaluated by means of cell counting, dry weight and content of pigments, realizing the compilation of the same one in stationary phase by means of natural sedimentation, and effecting physicochemical analyses to the biomass dried to the sun. The microalgae grew in wastewater to opened sky, reporting efficiencies of removal of 94.44% (23.80 mg/L) for ammonia nitrogen, 77.54% (7.04 mg/L) for phosphates and 35.59%(26.09 mg/L) for organic matter. The dry biomass recollected was a component of high contained protein (24,41%), fibrous (10,04%), with levels of fats (2,47%) and mineral (23,52%) adapted to complement the animal nutrition. These results showed that Scenedesmus can be used for the treatment of wastewater by production of a biomass of added value.

Palabras clave

microalgae; wastewater; removal; recollection; biomass

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Universidad del Zulia /Venezuela/ Revista Técnica de la Facultad de Ingeniería/ /

p-ISSN: 0254-0770 / e-ISSN: 2477-9377 


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