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With a significant increase in global agricultural runoff in the past decade, microalgae have emerged as an important catalyst for effluent treatment. Nannochloropsis oculata is a species of green microalgae that has been utilized in the industry for both its rapid growth rates and ability to absorb both nitrates and phosphates, the two main compounds found in farm runoff. As carbon dioxide is a key reactant in photosynthesis, and thus essential for algal growth, this experiment was designed to see if there is a correlation between carbon dioxide levels and nutrient absorption, maximizing both algal growth and effluent purification. The hypothesis was that the algal culture with the highest concentration of carbon dioxide would remove the most nitrates and phosphates as increased carbon dioxide would increase photosynthetic rate, and thus increase cell density to allow for greater nutrient absorption.
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