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Standard methods for measuring growth of algae and their composition

Moheimani, N.R.ORCID: 0000-0003-2310-4147, Borowitzka, M.A.ORCID: 0000-0001-6504-4563, Isdepsky, A. and Fon Sing, S. (2013) Standard methods for measuring growth of algae and their composition. In: Borowitzka, M.A. and Moheimani, N.R., (eds.) Algae for Biofuels and Energy. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 265-284.

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The purpose of this chapter is to present a summary of techniques for measuring growth and analysing chemical composition of microalgae. There are perhaps as many methods and modifications to these methods as there are active phycologists today. Investigators generally employ their own particular adapted methodology. Here, we have attempted to include in this chapter those methods generally employed by several investigators, as well as having general applicability to different laboratories. Among the major methods discussed here are: cell counting, measuring growth techniques and biochemical compositions (lipid, carbohydrates and protein). The audience for whom this chapter is intended is diverse and includes junior to experienced phycologist and/or non-phycologists.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
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