Recovery of c-phycocyanin from the cyanobacterium Spirulina maxima

A. Herrera, S. Boussiba, V. Napoleone, A. Hohlberg

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Spirulina biomass was separated into two fractions which may have various uses. A phycocyanin fraction may provide a food colourant and biomarkers, and a protein-rich leftover may be useful as aquaculture feed. Activated charcoal adsorption, ultrafiltration and spray drying were used effectively to produce a high quality colourant grade phycocyanin, while activated charcoal adsorption, ammonium sulphate precipitation, dialysis and chromatography were effective in preparing reagent grade phycocyanin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-331
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Phycology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1989


  • Spirulina
  • microalgae
  • phycocyanin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Plant Science


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