Manganese Encrustation of Zygospores of a Chlamydomonas (Chlorophyta: Volvocales)

Science  13 Jun 1975:
Vol. 188, Issue 4193, pp. 1119-1120
DOI: 10.1126/science.188.4193.1119


In media containing normal trace-element supplements, but not in manganese-deficient media, zygospores of a new species of Chlamydomonas (isolated from soil) become encrusted with a dark brown mineral coating. Staining with benzidine indicates that the encrustation is rich in manganese. This has been confirmed by x-ray analysis in combination with a scanning electron microscope.