cyanobacteria cyanobacteria

Definition(s):

  • (n) predominantly photosynthetic prokaryotic organisms containing a blue pigment in addition to chlorophyll; occur singly or in colonies in diverse habitats; important as phytoplankton

News

  1. Secrets of biological soil crusts uncovered

    Biologists have performed a molecular level analysis of desert biological soil crusts -- living ground cover formed by microbial communities -- to reveal how long-dormant cyanobacteria become activated by rainfall then resume dormancy when the precipitation stops.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  2. Berkeley Lab team uncovers secrets of biological soil crusts

    ( DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ) A team of Berkeley Lab researchers has performed molecular level analysis of desert biological soil crusts -- living ground cover formed by microbial communities -- to reveal how long-dormant cyanobacteria become activated by rainfall then resume dormancy when the precipitation stops.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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Quotes

  1. Professor George Wolff, from the University's Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, explains: "We found that cyanobacteria - a type of ancient phytoplankton - are significant to the understanding of how ocean deserts can support plant growth....
    on Jul 18, 2008 By: Wolff Source: Science Daily (press release)

  2. "We had such severe cyanobacteria there we actually had cases of dogs who had been drinking the water who died," Thomas Mulcair, Liberal MNA for the Laval riding of Chomedey, told CTV Montreal in an exclusive interview.
    on Oct 23, 2006 By: Thomas Mulcair Source: CTV.ca

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