Assessment of diatom growth using fluorescence imaging

J. Cvjetinovic, D. V. Nozdriukhin, Y. D. Bedoshvili, A. I. Salimon, A. M. Korsunsky, D. A. Gorin

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Monitoring the growth of diatom microalgae requires sensitive, fast, and easy-to-use methods for selecting the most productive strains for further research and application. Here we propose a novel, rapid and non-destructive approach for monitoring the viability and growth of diatom colonies using the IVIS fluorescence imaging system. The fast-growing Achnanthidium sibiricum diatoms were cultivated in favorable laboratory conditions in a specially designed bioincubator for 100 days. The results showed that the diatoms reached the end of the exponential growth phase after 56 days of culture, after which there was a slight decrease in fluorescence intensity. This method relies on using chlorophyll a fluorescence without any sample preparation and has proved to be successful for monitoring algae growth in an incubator during long-term batch cultivation. This result paves the way towards controlled diatom cultivation aimed at collecting diatom-derived bioactive compounds for various purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012017
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2021
EventSPb Photonic, Optoelectronic and Electronic Materials, SPb-POEM 2021 - Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 25 May 202128 May 2021


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