Spring Break Green Slime

Having fun with my big brother visiting; at one point Georgia and I decided to check out if there was anything in the pond worth looking at in the microscope.

We had grabbed some green slime

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And took a look (notice the delicate touch on the stage manipulator)

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It looks like that green slime is made of a filamentous unbranched algae that look a lot like they belong in the genus Ulothrix.  The cool thing is that the green mess in each cell is probably a weird shaped chloroplast.  Right image is at 100x, left at 400x.

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Its so viscous and gooey… I wonder if these cells make a capsule or secrete polysaccharides….


About SubOptimist

I am an Associate Professor in the Science Department at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston. I teach introductory biology courses at both the majors and non-majors level in addition to microbiology. Previous to that I spent 7 years as a postdoctoral researcher on different viruses. While I don't miss being on the "grant treadmill", I think better when I write and miss writing up data for papers and grants; this blog helps me with that a little. And sometimes my kids' insanely funny and cute antics need to be shared with the world. Any view expressed in this blog is that of me personally and not Georgia Perimeter College or the GPC Clarkston Science Department.
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