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Assessment of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and green algae as phycoremediation agent for heavy metals contaminant

Othman, Rashidi and shaharuddin, Ruhul izzati (2017) Assessment of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and green algae as phycoremediation agent for heavy metals contaminant. In: 8th Asian Pacific Phycological Forum, 8th-13th October 2017, Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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Global threats of water pollution and water scarcity due to rapid development are facing serious challenges and hence it is imperative to explore means for sustainable ways of averting the consequences. The dual application of microalgae for phycoremediation and biomass production for value production like biofuels and fertilizers is a feasible alternative. The present investigation was attempted to reduce the heavy metals pollutant from the mixtures of artificial waste water samples using cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and green algae. Cyanobacteria used in this research are Synechochoccus and Pseudanabaena, while the group of green algae are Chlorella vulgaris and Pandorina morum. The results revealed that both group of species were efficient and having a potential to reduce heavy metals (Cu, Cr, Al, Pb, Fe and Cr) except P. morum. Our results clearly indicated that Synechococcus are highly efficient for removal of Pb>Cr>Fe>Cu>Al>Cd respectively. The research were conducted by developing two phases which are algae culturing and phycoremediation model system. Cyanobacteria and green algae were cultivated in Bold’s Basal Medium (BBM) in optimum condition. The treatments were run at three concentration of heavy metals, 1mg/L, 2mg/L and 3mg/L for four weeks in the treatment room, which every week the samples were analyzed by Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP). Amongst the selected algae, Synechococcus was a great candidate as good agent of heavy metals removal. The waste water treatment using cyanobacteria offer good system for phycoremediation of heavy metal pollutants before final discharge.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech/Talk)
Additional Information: 3842/59003
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heavy metal, waste water, phycoremediation, blue green algae, green algae
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD172 Environmental pollution
T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP248.13 Biotechnology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: Dr rashidi othman
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 15:37
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 15:37
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/59003

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