Category Archives: Algae

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 … Continue reading

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Notes on: Behavior of a virus in a symbiotic system, Paramecium bursaria-Zoochlorella. 1978

Endosymbiotic Chlorella do not appear to be infected because: “In contrast to the ingested cells, the zoochlorellae growing symbiotically within the cytoplasm of the ciliate were free of detectable particles” Apparently Chlorella “free and in the wild” wasn’t obviously infected … Continue reading

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Green Algae from Pintrest

Made a Pintrest page to see if I could store images there (free, unlimited) and post them here.  Check! These are from my stock culture of Spirogyra.  Interesting (or not) that its contaminated with what I think is Chlorella.  Cool … Continue reading

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Centrifugation!

I can spin down Chlorella cells! 10′ in the clinical centrifuges from the Biology lab:

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The plating efficiency of Chlorella: so far, its zero

Several weeks ago it occurred to me that I need to answer some really basic questions on my own in order to become more experienced about Chlorella and how it grows, so the first one I decided to ask is: … Continue reading

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No shortcuts

The fact that Chlorella grows so slowly isn’t a problem for me personally, I don’t have time to attend to this stuff every day so it kind of works out nicely.  BUT, if I want to come up with projects … Continue reading

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Counting algae

When you are trying to do research at a community college, the little things can be challenging.  Like counting cells.  Pretty soon its going to be really important that I be able to count algal cells pretty danged accurately in … Continue reading

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