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Growth performances and changes of macronutrient ion concentrations in the culture medium when Euglena gracilis was cultured with nitrified digestate
- Takemura, Kenji, Endo, Ryosuke, Shibuya, Toshio, Kitaya, Yoshiaki
- Environmental technology 2017 v.38 no.18 pp. 2273-2279
- Euglena gracilis, aqueous solutions, culture media, environmental technology, fermentation, filtrates, ions, magnesium, methane, nutrient solutions, organic wastes, soilless culture
- We investigated the possibility of using Euglena gracilis to convert digestate from methane fermentation of organic wastes into a medium for soilless crop culture. The growth of E. gracilis cultured with aqueous solutions containing filtrate of raw digestate at 1–30% (v/v) and nitrified digestate at 10–100% (v/v) was examined. Concentrations of plant macronutrient ions in nitrified digestate before and after culturing E . gracilis were also examined. Specific growth rates in aqueous solutions containing filtrate of raw digestate at 1–10% and nitrified digestate at 10–100% showed no significant differences, respectively (0.781 ± 0.031 d ⁻¹ and 0.925 ± 0.033 d ⁻¹, mean ± standard error). The rates in the filtrate of nitrified digestate were significantly higher than those in the filtrate of raw digestate. Moreover, there were no significant differences between the concentrations of plant macronutrient ions other than in the filtrate of nitrified digestate before and after culturing E. gracilis. The concentration of decreased significantly by 10.5% of the initial concentration. As a result, the constituent ratio of plant macronutrient ions other than magnesium in the solution after culturing E. gracilis was similar to that in a standard nutrient solution for soilless culture.