Optimization of long-term storage procedures for the prebiotic cyanobacterium Arthrospira sp. PCC8005

Jorieke Deschrevel, Natalie Leys, Felice Mastroleo

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Arthrospira sp. is a well know prebiotic cyanobacterium due to its high protein concentration and is used as “superfood” in the form of food supplements under the name Spirulina. Thanks to this characteristic and its ability to produce oxygen by means of photosynthesis, Arthrospira sp. can be used as oxygen and food source. Therefore it is an excellent choice for the waste recycling system for long-term space missions (MELiSSA-project). Nowadays Arthrospira sp. is kept alive via sub-culturing. However this is not an optimal way of conservation due the high risk of contamination, possible genetic drift and human work load. A storage procedure for storing Arthrospira sp. in an dormant but reversal way is still to be discovered. For that purpose, diverse preservation methods were tested: Preservation in agar under different storage conditions; preservation using cryoprotectants like DMSO and trehalose; and preservation following metabolic conditioning such as nitrogen starvation and natural trehalose accumulation following salt stress. After each test, the cell integrity and cultivability were checked by microscopic imaging, including fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and sub-culturing.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • HOWEST - De Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen
  • Mastroleo, Felice, SCK CEN Mentor
  • van Oostveldt, Kaat, Supervisor, External person
Date of Award18 Jun 2015
Place of PublicationBrugge, Belgium
StatePublished - 18 Jun 2015

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