The Effects of Ammonia on the Algal Growth of Picochlorum oklahomense

Vanessa Moore, Abigail Moore, Katarina Mapes, Caitlin Cobbs


This experiment was designed to test if the addition of ammonia to Picochlorum oklahomense, a species of algae, would affect algal growth. Ammonia contains nitrogen, which is an element that, among many contributions, has the potential ability to increase the growth of algae. A photobioreactor was used to house the components necessary for algae growth, with the addition of ammonia. Methods that have been produced by other researchers, in studies concerning algae growth, were similarly executed in the process of this study (Tefertiller et al. 2016). It was predicted that the presence of ammonia would promote an increased growth in algae.

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