An algivorous heliozoan?

Those round green structures inside what looks like an empty Spirogyra looked (at higher magnification) just like Acanthocystis.

Acanthocystis (or at least Acanthocystis turfacae) is algaivorous and takes on Chlorella endosymbionts. (reference)

There are two types of Chlorella that support “wild” Chlorellavirus replication (reference):

  • those in endosymbiosis with Paramecium bursaria
  • those in enodsymbiosis with Acanthocystis turfacae

I had started the Spirogyra culture for other reasons, but wouldn’t it be great if it became a feeder stock for my Chlorellavirus hosts.

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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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