Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 64, Issue 5, pp 663–672 | Cite as

Growth and the cell cycle in green algae dividing by multiple fission

  • Ivan Nedyalkov Ivanov
  • Milada Vítová
  • Kateřina BišováEmail author


Most cells divide into two daughter cells; however, some green algae can have different division patterns in which a single mother cell can sometimes give rise to up to thousands of daughter cells. Although such cell cycle patterns can be very complex, they are governed by the same general concepts as the most common binary fission. Moreover, cell cycle progression appears to be connected with size, since cells need to ensure that their size after division will not drop below the limit required for survival. Although the exact mechanism that lets cells measure cell size remains largely unknown, there have been several prominent hypotheses that try to explain it.


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The work was supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (grant no. 19-12607S) and by the National Programme of Sustainability I (project no. LO1416).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Microbiology, Centre Algatech, Laboratory of Cell Cycles of Algae, Opatovický mlýnCzech Academy of SciencesTřeboňCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceUniversity of South BohemiaČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic

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