UTEX 640
Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Algae Details

UTEX Number: 646
Class: Bacillariophyceae
Strain: Phaeodactylum tricornutum
Media: Soil Extract + Sodium Metasilicate Medium (SE+Si)
Description of Location:
Type Culture: No
Isolation: M.B. Allen
Isolator Number:
Deposition: CCAP (3/55)
Relatives: UTEX 642, UTEX 2090; CCAP 1052/1B aka Barker's HMS Z912 from the Plymouth strain, SMBA 307, CCAP 1052/1A; SAG 1090-1b, SAG 1090-1a; SAG 1090-1a; Plymouth 100; IAM B-9, IAM B- 15; NIBB 3002
Also Known As: Nitzschia closterium
Notes: this is a marine isolate growing in freshwater medium; 1976 renamed (George 1976); high EPA/lipid content (Yongmanitchae & Ward 1991); (Lewin 1958, Lewin & Lewin 1960); In 1974, J.C. Lewin (pers. Comm.) identified some of our Nitzchia cultures as Phaeodactylum [see UTEX 640, 642, 646 & 2089] with the following explanation: "Oval cells of Phaeodactylum occur in cultures kept on agar. There is a gradual transformation back to the fusiform state, after oval cells are inoculated into liquid medium. Sometimes, people who don't know about this unusual life style may end up being fooled."