Date of Award

9-1982

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. J.C. Makarewicz

Abstract

The growth responses of Anacystis nidulans to sodium, potassium, and phosphate, were studied in batch culture under controlled laboratory conditions. Sodium (within the range 0 - 10 mg/I) significantly enhanced growth most notably after starvation for sodium and phosphate. The magnitude of the increase in growth was dependent on the initial cell density, external concentrations of phosphate, sodium, and potassium, and the nutritional status of the algal inoculum. Potassium was found to be required for optimization of this sodium effect.

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