Optimization of preservation procedures for Arthrospira sp. in the frame of the MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) project

Joye Debacker, Ilse Coninx, Hanène Badri

Research output


Arthrospira sp. PCC8005 is a cyanobacterium that was chosen by the European Space Agency as a food supplement for long haul space exploration mission in the frame of the MELiSSA project. However, it is not possible to preserve Arthrospira sp. in a inactive form for the time being. In the present work, various preservation conditions were tested including different mixture of cryoprotectants, natural induction of cryoprotectants inside the cell and nitrogen starvation.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • HOWEST - De Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen
  • Mastroleo, Felice, Supervisor
Place of PublicationBrugge, Belgium
StatePublished - 10 Jun 2014

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