Data from: Biological stoichiometry of oleaginous microalgal lipid synthesis: The role of N:P supply ratios and growth rate on microalgal elemental and biochemical composition
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Van de Waal, Dedmer; Gao, Baoyan; Liu, Jing; Zhang, Chengwu (2020). Data from: Biological stoichiometry of oleaginous microalgal lipid synthesis: The role of N:P supply ratios and growth rate on microalgal elemental and biochemical composition [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.2rbnzs7kn
Biological Stoichiometry is an ecological framework connecting the balance of elements to the functioning of organisms. Here, we applied this framework to study the relationships between carbon:nitrogen:phosphorus (C:N:P) ratios and synthesis of industrial high value biochemicals in the highly oleaginous alga Tetradesmus bernardii. We expected an increase in protein content with increasing cellular N content and decreasing C:N stoichiometry, and an increase in lipid content with increasing C:N and C:P stoichiometry. We tested these hypotheses by exposing T. bernardii to N and P limitation at a range of N:P supply ratios in chemostats set at low and high dilution rates. Following expectations, the cellular protein content increased with the N content, and decreased with cellular C:N ratios across all treatments. Carbohydrates and lipids largely followed the relative availability of C and increased under both N and P limitation, with higher C:N and C:P ratios. Specifically, lipid content increased by 100–125% upon N and P limitation, with a shift towards more neutral lipids at the cost of glycolipids and phospholipids. Generally, we observed a re-allocation of cellular C from protein to carbohydrates upon modest N limitation, and towards lipids under P and severe N limitation. Our results demonstrate stoichiometrically predictable patterns of industrially valuable compounds in an oleaginous microalga.
This data was derived from a series of flat panel chemostat experiments with the microalga Tetradesmus bernardii exposed to a range of N:P supply (N:P=1.5, 4.4, 17, and 522) ratios under low (0.2) and high (0.6) dilution rates. Experiments were performed with three replicates.
This dataset provides data from each replicated treatment.
National Natural Science Foundation of China, Award: 41601188
Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, Award: 2013AA065805
Jinan University Short-Term Oversea Visiting Scholarship