Grasas y Aceites, Vol 57, No 3 (2006)

Lipids, fatty acids composition and carotenoids of Chlorella vulgaris cultivated in hydroponic wastewater

Fabiano Cleber Bertoldi
Laboratório de Biotecnologia Alimentar, Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Ernani Sant’Anna
Laboratório de Biotecnologia Alimentar, Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Maurício Villela da Costa Braga
Laboratório de Biotecnologia Alimentar, Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Jorge Luiz Barcelos Oliveira
Laboratório de Biotecnologia Alimentar, Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil


Alternative culture media have been evaluated for the cultivation of microalgae, among them are, industrial and agriculture wastewaters, that make residue recycling possible by bioconverting it into a rich, nourishing biomass that can be used as a feeding complement in aquaculture and in diverse areas. The objective of this research is to determine the lipid, fatty acid profile and carotenoid produced by the microalgae Chlorella vulgaris cultivated in a hydroponic wastewater, with different dilutions. The results showed that lipid contents did not present significant differences. Fatty acids were predominantly 16:0, 18:0, 18:1 and 18:3n-6. For total carotenoids, the dilution of hydroponic wastewater did not stimulate the production of these pigments. From this study, it was determined that, the use of hydroponic wastewater as an alternative culture medium for  the cultivation of Chlorella vulgaris generates good perspectives for lipid, fatty acid and carotenoid production.


Carotenoid;Chlorella vulgaris;Fatty acid;Hydroponic;Lipid;Microalgae

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