Fatty Acids in Eleven Species of Blue-Green Algae: Geochemical Significance

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Science  10 Feb 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3763, pp. 707-708
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3763.707


Analyses of the total lipids of 11 species of blue-green algae showed a simple but qualitatively variable fatty acid composition. The species can be grouped in three categories on the basis of their oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acid content. One species was unusual in that the ten-carbon acid accounts for one-half of its total fatty acid. Branched chain acids are absent in the algae, but are major components of marine bacteria. The geochemical significance of the data is discussed.