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1. Cyanobacteria THE FIRST ALGAE!!!!!
3. Cyanobacteria terminology - Division Cyanophyta
- Cyanobacteria ‘formerly known as’ BlueGreen Algae
- Cyano = blue
- Bacteria – acknowledges that they are more closely related to prokaryotic bacteria than eukaryotic algae
6. Cyanobacteria Microscopic organisms
Found in marine sediments and pelagic zone, freshwater lakes, soils,
Live in extreme environments – chemically and temperature.
7. Importance 1) First organisms to have 2 photosystems and to produce organic material and give off O2 as a bi-product.
?Very important to the evolution of the earths’ oxidizing atmosphere .
8. Importance 2) Many – fix or convert atmospheric nitrogen into usable forms through Nitrogen Fixation when other forms are unavailable.
IMPORTANT because atmospheric N2 is unavailable to most living organisms because breaking the triple bond is difficult
9. Cyanobacteria Characteristics - Pigments – chl a, phycobiliproteins
- phycocyanin * BlueGreen Color
- Storage – glycogen
- Cell Walls – amino acids, sugars
10. Forms Unicell – with mucilaginous envelope
Filaments – uniserate in a single row
- OR - multiserate – not TRUE branching when trichomes are > 1 in rows
11. Features Trichome – row of cells
12. Features Mucilaginous Sheath –
Function – protects cells from drying and involved in gliding.
Sheath is often colored:
Red = acidic
Blue = basic
Yellow/Brown = high salt
13. Features Heterocyst – thick walled cell, hollow looking. Larger than vegetative cells.
FUNCTION – provides the anerobic environment for N fixation.
15. Habit – success due to ability tolerate a wide range of conditions Marine – littoral and pelagic
Terrestrial – soil flora
16. Heterocyst Larger than vegetative cells
Thick walled – doesn’t allow atmospheric gas to enter.
No CO2 fixation or O2 evolution
Formation of heterocysts triggered by [molybdenum] and and low [nitrogen]
17. Nitrogen Nitrogen is a limiting nutrient necessary for the production of amino acids = building blocks of life.
18. Nitrogen Fixation ONLY cyanobacteria and prokaryotic bacteria can FIX nitrogen.
Of these two only CYANOBACTERIA evolve OXYGEN during photosynthesis
Important because nitrogenase (enzyme involved in fixing nitrogen) is INACTIVATED by O2.
19. Mechanisms to Separate Nitrogenase from Oxygen Heterocyst (spatial)
Fix Nitrogen in the DARK but not LIGHT – found in non-heterocystic cyanobacteria (temporal)
20. AEROBIC CO2 + H2O -----------? CH2O (sugar) +O2
Electrons for PS1 come from PS2 which evolves oxygen (splitting of water)
21. ANAEROBIC in the presence of sulfer 2H2S + CO2 --------? CH2O +2S + H2O
H2S is the electron donor – so the reaction does not produce oxygen.
22. Advantage for Cyanobacteria Can live in fluctuating environments of aerobic and anaerobic with light present.
23. Cyanotoxins in Cyanobacteria Neurotoxins – block neuron transmission in muscles (Anabaena, Oscillatoria)
Hepatotoxins – inhibit protein phosphatase, cause liver bleeding. Found in drinking water. (Anabaena, Oscillatoria, Nostoc)
Eg. swimmers itch - Lygnbia
24. Movement No flagellae or structures to enhance movement
Excrete mucilage – jet propulsion, gliding
Helix – fibers send waves of contraction
28. Asexual Reproduction - Hormogonia formation -
- Endospore / Akinete formation -
29. Asexual Reproduction Hormogonia – short piece of trichome found in filaments. It detaches from parent filament and glides away
32. Asexual Reproduction Akinete – thick walled resting spore
34. Asexual Reproduction Akinete – thick walled resting spore
Function – resistant to unfavorable environmental conditions.
Appear as larger cells in the chain and different than heterocyst. Generally lose buoyancy
35. Asexual Reproduction Fragmentation - fragmentation
36. Oldest Fossils 3.5by old carbonaceous microfossils S.Africa
3.4by old filaments and microbial fossils – W. Australia
3.4 by old stromatolites – S.Africa, Australia