UTEX LB 2664
Microcystis aeruginosa

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Algae Details

UTEX Number: 2664
Class: Cyanophyceae
Strain: Microcystis aeruginosa
Medium: Bold 3N Medium (B3N)
Origin: W.P. Game Reserve, Winburg, South Africa
Description of Location: a toxic bloom that caused death of wild animals, Allemanskraal Dam
Type Culture: No
Isolation: J.N. Eloff
Isolator Number: UWOCC 019
Deposition: D. Parker (11/19/97)
Also Known As:
Notes: 11/23/81 to Parker as UV-019 from J.N. Eloff;(D. Parker 6/15/98, pers. comm.) Eloff reported that it was toxic and has gas vesicles; cell diameter = 8.5 +/- 1.0µm at his standard conditions; (Amann & Eloff 1980, Eloff 1981)

General Maintenance Conditions

Temperature: 20 °C
Light source: mix of warm-white & cool-white fluorescent lamps
Intensity: 3200 lux (maximum)
Periodicity: 12/12 h L/D

Those who receive cultures are encouraged to duplicate within reason the conditions used in the Collection, when handling newly acquired cultures, to reduce the chance of losing the culture. After a stock culture is established, subcultures may be used for testing other conditions. These general maintenance conditions are not our recommendations to achieve optimal growth rates and large quantities of algae. Information on the best growth conditions and media must be acquired in other literature or through careful experimentation. For additional details on the long-term culture maintenance conditions utilized at UTEX, visit the Culture Maintenance Guides page.

Preparation of Living Algal Strains For Orders

For liquid cultures, approximately 15 mL aliquots of the stock strain maintained as a liquid culture are transferred to screw-cap tubes on the day of shipment.

Agar and liquid cultures are packaged within a Styrofoam box and shipped the same day they are packaged.

One tube of agar or liquid culture constitutes an order for a single culture of a single strain of living algae. UTEX makes no attempt to quantify the number of organisms or other characteristics of the culture. UTEX only guarantees the identity of the organism as specified in the strain history.

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