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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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Chlorella Virus: NOT big and plodding

Chlorella Virus has been challenging my stereotypes once again.  In addition to the “bigger genome therefore bigger virus particle” assumption,  I was clearly guilty of a “bigger virus therefore slow at replicating” assumption too.  Its nothing I though explicitly, in … Continue reading

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A context for Chlorella Viruses: Size

Chlorella viruses are big.  Consider the titles of the following review papers dealing with them: The Phycodnaviridae: The Story of How Tiny Giants Rule the World DNA Viruses: The Really Big Ones (Giruses) Structures of giant icosahedral eukaryotic dsDNA viruses There are two … Continue reading

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