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Record information and status
Record ID
115348
Status
Published
Date of creation
2020-01-08 20:25 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2020-01-08 20:25 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)

Organism information
Scientific name
Ostreococcus tauri
Taxonomic Classification
KingdomPlantae
PhylumChlorophyta
ClassMamiellophyceae
OrderMamiellales
FamilyBathycoccaceae
GenusOstreococcus
SpeciesOstreococcus tauri
Common name(s)
Green algae
Additional Classification
Type of organism
Organism domestication
  • Wild
Characteristics related to biosafety
Habitat range
Marine environments - surface waters
Geographical distribution
Cosmopolitan - first isolated from Thau Lagoon, France.
Common use(s)
  • Research
Additional Information
Additional Information
Ostreococcus tauri has been described as the smallest free-living eukaryote thusfar described and referred to as a picophytoplankton. Cells are roughly 1 μm and contain a signal chloroplast, mitochondrion, nucleus and Golgi apparatus. The cells also lack a flagella and cell wall.

The algae has become a model for researchers, who are particularly interested in the algae as a model for eukaryotic genome evolution.

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