Table S1. Cell density of the cultures at growth steady state.

Table S2. Band assignments for the main features of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra of whole algal cell, used for this study, according to Guillen and Cabo (1997)a and Giordano et  al. (2001)b.

Table S3. Summary of the results of the analysis of variance (ANOVA) tests for significant differences.

Table S4. Correlation coefficient (Pearson’s r) between the content of carbohydrates (measured as described in the Materials and Methods) and putative carbohydrate Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy peaks.

Figure S1. Validation of lipid measurement by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy by comparison with gravimetric lipid determination according to Bligh and Dyer (1959).

Figure S2. Three-dimensional representation of macromolecular pool variations for the 11 algal species used for this study.

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