Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/1/2001
Publication Date: 6/1/2001
Citation: Evens, T.J. 2001. PHOTOBIOREACTORS FOR PHYCOLOGY: DESIGN AND FUNCTION OF A COMPUTER-CONTROLLED, CULTURING APPARATUS OPTIMIZED FOR ANALYTICAL INVESTIGATIONS (abstract). Journal of Phycology. 37(s3):17-17.
Technical Abstract: The majority of photobioreactor research has been directed at optimizing biomass yields. However, the potential for exploiting these highly controlled culturing environments for most physiological research has yet to be realized. The main reason for this is that photobioreactor technology has tended to be overly complex and somewhat cost prohibitive. A new generation of computer-controlled photobioreactor, designed and optimized for physiological research, has been developed using relatively inexpensive, easily obtained materials. The computer software responsible for controlling this apparatus allows simultaneous monitoring and control of pH, O2, temperature, and light for up to six photobioreactors operating concurrently. Additionally, the reactors can be operated as batch cultures, continuous cultures, or in a self-regulating, turbidostat mode. All data pertaining to the reactors can be logged in real-time to the controlling computer. Most importantly, the control software can be freely distributed. Potential applications and design flexibilities will be discussed.