Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 102, Issue 12, pp 5245–5254 | Cite as

Performance of the mixed LED light quality on the growth and energy efficiency of Arthrospira platensis

  • Ruixin Mao
  • Shuangsheng Guo
Applied microbial and cell physiology


The effect of mixed light quality with red, blue, and green LED lamps on the growth of Arthrospira platensis was studied, so as to lay the theoretical and technical basis for establishing a photo-bioreactor lighting system for application in space. Meanwhile, indexes, like morphology, growth rate, photosynthetic pigment compositions, energy efficiency, and main nutritional components, were measured respectively. The results showed that the blue light combined with red light could decrease the tightness of filament, and the effect of green light was opposite. The combination of blue light or green light with red light induced the filaments to get shorter in length. The 8R2B treatment could promote the growth of Arthrospira platensis significantly, and its dry weight reached 1.36 g L−1, which was 25.93% higher than the control. What’s more, 8R2B treatment had the highest contents of carbohydrate and lipid, while 8R2G was rich in protein. 8R0.5G1.5B had the highest efficiency of biomass production, which was 161.53 mg L−1 kW−1 h−1. Therefore, the combination of red and blue light is more conducive to the growth of Arthrospira platensis, and a higher biomass production and energy utilization efficiency can be achieved simultaneously under the mixed light quality with the ratio of 8R0.5G1.5B.


Arthrospira Platensis LED Mixed light quality Growth Energy efficiency 


Funding information

This research was supported by the Foundation of National Key Laboratory of Human Factors Engineering. Grant No. YFD160051805.

Compliance with ethical standards

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Key Laboratory of Human Factors EngineeringChina Astronaut Research and Training CenterBeijingChina

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