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Towards genetic improvement of commercially important microalga Haematococcus pluvialis for biotech applications

Shanmugam, Kathiresan and Ravi, Sarada (2009) Towards genetic improvement of commercially important microalga Haematococcus pluvialis for biotech applications. Journal of Applied Phycology, 21. pp. 553-558.

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Haematococcus pluvialis is a unicellular green alga which produces a ketocarotenoid, astaxanthin which has pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications owing to its high antioxidant activity. Biotechnological approaches such as genetic transformation methods (Agrobacteriummediated) and cloning strategies, are essential to improve/ regulate this ketocarotenoid in Haematococcus. For this studies are necessary to improve Haematococcus through biotechnological means. In this connection, a suitable cocultivation medium for Haematococcus and Agrobacterium tumefaciens was standardized and different antibiotics were screened. Among the cocultivation media viz Z8, Bold’s Basal Medium, Tris Acetate Phosphate Z8 with 0.5% mannitol and BBM and Z8 with half strength LB TAP medium was found suitable for growth of both the alga Haematococcus and Agrobacterium. For the different antibiotics screened to identify the sensitivity of algae, hygromycin at more than 2 mg L−1 showed lethal effect which can be used as a selectable marker gene in genetic transformation, whereas cefotaxime and augmentin showed no effect up to 2,000 mg L−1. The growth of algae was higher in solid selection medium when compared to the liquid selection medium.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agrobacterium tumefaciens . Cocultivation medium. Haematococcus pluvialis . Hygromycin
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 07 Life Sciences > 04 Microbiology > 01 Algae
Divisions: Plant Cell Biotechnology
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2010 10:15
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2011 10:13
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/9360

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