Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 1567–1573 | Cite as

First report on the allelopathic effect of Tychonema bourrellyi (Cyanobacteria) against Microcystis aeruginosa (Cyanobacteria)

  • Jihai Shao
  • Liang Peng
  • Si Luo
  • Gongliang Yu
  • Ji-dong Gu
  • Shen Lin
  • Renhui LiEmail author


The allelopathic effect of the cyanobacterium Tychonema bourrellyi against the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa is reported for the first time in this paper. The filtrate of T. bourrellyi CHAB663 culture showed strong inhibitory effect on M. aeruginosa NIES-843, but the inhibitory effect was weakened by shaking culture, and such results implied that the allelopathic effect was probably mediated by the volatile substances secreted by T. bourrellyi. β-Ionone was identified as a major ingredient in the volatile substances in the cultures of T. bourrellyi, and it may act as an important allelochemical responsible for this allelopathic activity. The filtrates of T. bourrellyi culture were shown to decrease the maximum electron transport rate (ETRmax) and elevate the reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in the cells of M. aeruginosa NIES-843.


Tychonema bourrellyi Microcystis aeruginosa Allelopathy Volatile substances β-Ionone Cyanobacteria 



The research was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 21107024), and Foundation of Furong scholar project of Hunan Province.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jihai Shao
    • 1
    • 3
  • Liang Peng
    • 1
  • Si Luo
    • 1
  • Gongliang Yu
    • 2
  • Ji-dong Gu
    • 3
    • 4
  • Shen Lin
    • 2
  • Renhui Li
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Resources and EnvironmentHunan Agricultural UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Algal BiologyInstitute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of SciencesWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Farmland Pollution Control and Agricultural Resources UseHunan Agricultural UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology and Toxicology, School of Biological SciencesThe University of Hong KongHong KongPeople’s Republic of China

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