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Provisional Generic Assignments for Cyanobacteria in Pure Culture

  • Rosmarie Rippka
  • John B. Waterbury
  • Roger Y. Stanier

Abstract

Phycological observations on field materials have led to a remarkable nomenclatural hypertrophy. About 170 genera and over 1,000 species have been described by the standard taxonomic treatment of Geitler (1932), now almost 50 years old. This field-based system of classification leads to many difficulties and ambiguities when applied to pure cultures. The necessarily provisional goal of this chapter is to redefine genera in such a way that simple and clear-cut assignments may be made for cyanobacterial pure cultures. Our approach has been conservative: insofar as possible, we have attempted to maintain the classical generic nomenclature and definitions (Bourrelly, 1970; Desikachary, 1959; Geitler, 1932).

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Genome Size Filamentous Cyanobacterium Binary Fission Unicellular Cyanobacterium Polar Granule 
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  • Rosmarie Rippka
  • John B. Waterbury
  • Roger Y. Stanier

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