Some Characteristics of a Thermophilic Blue-Green Alga

Science  01 Sep 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3479, pp. 616-617
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3479.616


An alga identified as Synechococcus lividus has an exponential growth rate of nine doublings per day at 52°C with illumination of 1500 foot-candles. It uses nitrate or urea as a nitrogen source and does not use acetate or glucose. It seems a promising organism for atmospheric regeneration in sealed cabins.