Ostreococcus tauri (Green algae) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-115348 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

last updated: 08 Jan 2020
Organism information
Ostreococcus tauri
Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Chlorophyta
Class Mamiellophyceae
Order Mamiellales
Family Bathycoccaceae
Genus Ostreococcus
Species Ostreococcus tauri
  • Green algae
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Algae
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Characteristics related to biosafety
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Marine environments - surface waters
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Cosmopolitan - first isolated from Thau Lagoon, France.
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  • Research
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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