During the course of operating high‐rate algae ponds (HRAP) for wastewater treatment and protein production, changes were found in the two main algae species. The observed changes were interpreted to be a reflection of the operation regime and loading combined with environmental conditions. To verify that these changes were phenotypic and not genetic, experiments were conducted on Scenedesmus dimorphus growing in miniponds (110 L) as well as in the laboratory. The results showed that the changes in S. dimorphus were external and due to the changes in the loading and operating conditions of the ponds adjusted to changing environmental conditions. It was found that wastewater treatment efficiency and algal yield are also correlated with the S. dimorphus type.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology