Matthew Jackson's PhD Comp Exam, "Nutrient Utilization during Algae Cultivation using Wastewater"
- Friday, May 4, 2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
- Roberts Hall, 312A - view map
“Strategies for Improved Nutrient Utilization During Combined Wastewater Treatment and Algae Cultivation"
Microalgae (algae) are a diverse, polyphyletic group of photosynthetic microorganisms, many of which are currently used in a number of industrial and agricultural projects. Large-scale cultivation of algae is dependent upon the availability and affordability of usable inorganic carbon, nutrient, and water resources; a significant limitation to the algae industry. The use of low quality waste streams, such as municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastewaters, is applicable, with the added benefit of nutrient remediation of the waste stream. By improving the understanding of nutrient utilization during combined wastewater treatment and algae cultivation, under neutral and high alkalinity conditions, it is possible to develop novel strategies for maximizing algal productivity while simultaneously optimizing waste stream remediation. The seminar will focus on identifying opportunities for improving the productivity of Chlorella vulgaris strain UTEX 395 and Chlorella sorokiniana strain SLA-04 through optimized nutrient utilization when cultivated using two different waste streams, primary clarifier effluent from the Bozeman Wastewater Reclamation Facility and brewing wastewater from Bridger Brewing Company.