Using chlorophyll fluorescence to monitor yields of microalgal production

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Abstract

A monitoring system for microalgal production was developed over a 12:12-h light:dark cycle at a steady state of growth to test the feasibility of estimating carbon production using the fluorescence method. An empirical linear relationship between the electron transport rate, based on the fluorescence method, and carbon assimilation, based on the conventional carbon method, was successfully obtained. The results demonstrate the relevance of the electron transport rate in determining carbon production of microalgae under steady-state growth conditions.

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