Category Archives: Chlorella Virus Project

Endosybionts in a tent.

I spent last night camping in the backyard with the kids.  As the slept next to me in the tent, with the rush of the freeway almost perfectly simulating a rushing river (except for the occasional motorcycle… giant Jurassic dragonflies??) … Continue reading

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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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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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Like an autotroph from the ashes

My my my, how fast 6 months can go by.  Due to extracurricular insanity, I wasn’t able to move any of this forward, but have recently picked it up again. It might be good to restate what I am trying … Continue reading

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