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Aphanothece sp.


Xenic culture: mixed with Halobacterium sp.
Product category
Type strain
Isolation source
Salt pond
Geographical isolation
United States; California; Redwood City
Product format
Storage conditions
-80°C or colder


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Specific applications


Xenic- mixed with Halobacterium sp.

Handling information

Under light intensity of 2,000-3,000 lux
Handling procedure
  1. Thaw culture in a 37°C waterbath and place the entire aliquot into a single tube of #1623 broth (5 to 6 mL).
  2. Use several drops of the suspension to inoculate a second tube of broth and a #1623 slant. 
  3. Incubate tubes at 26°C under 2000-3000 LUX light.  It is helpful to incubate test tubes in a slanted position to increase gas exchange in broth and to enhance exposure to light. 
Handling notes
A 5% inoculum is recommended (i.e. 5 mL of culture to 100 mL fresh medium).  
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Deposited as
Aphanothece halophytica Fremy
JH Yopp
Type of isolate
Cross references
GenBank AJ000721 Aphanothece sp. 16S rRNA gene, strain ATCC 43922.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Curated Citations

Sibley MH, Yopp JH. Regulation of S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase in the halophilic cyanobacterium Aphanothece halophytica: a possible role in glycinebetaine biosynthesis. Arch. Microbiol. 149: 43-46, 1987.

Yopp JH, et al. Isolation, purification and evidence for a halophilic nature of the blue-green alga Aphanothece halophytica Fremy (Chroococcales). Phycologia 17: 172-178, 1978.

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