The production of biofuels from microalgae is a promising and sustainable alternative. Its production is determined by the content of lipids and carbohydrates, which is different for each microalgae species and is affected by environmental factors, being lighting one of the principal determining their biochemical composition. The colour temperature (electromagnetic radiation and light spectrum) is a determining factor for the production of lipids and carbohydrates in microalgae. The aim of this assay was to evaluate the effect of three colour temperatures (6500, 10,000 and 20,000 °K) on the biomass (cel mL−1), biomass production and productivity (g L−1 and g L−1 day−1), lipid and carbohydrate content (%), lipid and carbohydrate production and productivity (mg L−1 and mg L−1 day−1), composition and content of fatty acids (%) in two microalgae species: Dunaliella salina and Nannochloropsis oculata. The highest cell density was observed for N. oculata in stationary phase in the control (83.93 × 106 cel mL−1). However, higher lipid content was obtained in D. salina in stationary phase at 10,000 °K (80%), while N. oculata showed 67% at 6500 °K. The highest carbohydrate content was 25% in stationary phase for D. salina at 20,000 °K. Regarding the production of lipids, D. salina reached a maximum of 523 mg L−1 in exponential phase at 6500 and 10,000 °K. The highest carbohydrate production was 38 mg L−1 for D. salina in exponential phase at 20,000 °K. In both microalgae, 15 different fatty acids were identified; the most abundant was palmitic acid with 35.8% for N. oculata in stationary phase at 10,000 °K, while D. salina showed 67% of polyunsaturated fatty acids in exponential phase at 6500 °K. In conclusion, the ideal colour temperature for microalgae culture to obtain biofuels should be based on the biomolecule of interest, being necessary to individually evaluate for each species.
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