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  1. Leong HY, Su CA, Lee BS, Lan JC, Law CL, Chang JS, et al.
    Bioresour Technol, 2019 Jan;271:30-36.
    PMID: 30261334 DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.09.093
    Microalgae biorefinery is presently receiving a lot of attention as driven by its production of high value-added products. In this study, an oleaginous microalga Aurantiochytrium limacinum SR21 was cultured for docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) production using 20% (w/v) of K2HPO4-waste feedstock to replace 0.005% (w/v) of KH2PO4 in the flask culture. DHA is an essential nutrient for human's brain functionalities. Collectively, the K2HPO4-waste feedstock with working concentration of 0.005% (w/v) in the cultivation prompted a higher lipid content (8.29%) and DHA production (128.81 mg.L-1). Moreover, natural plant pigment products containing stabilised betacyanins were utilised as natural red colourants for hard candy production. This study develops microalgal cultivation using salt-rich waste feedstock for a higher lipid and DHA content as well as application of natural colouring agents in food products.
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