Algae Research Supply: Algae Culture Chlorella vulgaris

I caught our operations manager, Danielle, looking intensely at a flask of Chlorella she was swirling then said "this one is my favorite".  When asked why she responded, "Its a nice shade of green".  

 

Chlorella is a genus of single-cell green algae belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta. It is spherical in shape, about 2 to 10 μm in diameter, and is without flagella. Chlorella contains the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll-a and -b in its chloroplast. Through photosynthesis, it multiplies rapidly, requiring only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, and a small amount of minerals to reproduce.

The name Chlorella is taken from the Greek, chloros, meaning green, and the Latin diminutive suffix ella, meaning small. German biochemist and cell physiologist Otto Heinrich Warburg, awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1931 for his research on cell respiration, also studied photosynthesis in Chlorella. In 1961, Melvin Calvin of the University of California received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on the pathways of carbon dioxide assimilation in plants using Chlorella.

Many people believe Chlorella can serve as a potential source of food and energy because its photosynthetic efficiency can, in theory, reach 8%,comparable with other highly efficient crops such as sugar cane.

Chlorella is a Chlorophyte (Green algae) it is unicellular, without a flagella.   This culture requires a higher flux of light, but NOT direct sunlight.  Our media works great with this culture.  The best growth temperature is in the low 20s° C.

Each order of algae includes a Culturing Algae Manual.

 

Should I order a the CULTURE or the CULTURING KIT?  

The culture is just that- algae culture in a bottle.  

The culturing kit is (1) algae culture, (2) algae culturing salts, (3) algae culturing nutrients.

The KIT will get you to a total volume that is much greater than the initial volume of the culture. 


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