Common Alga growing on damp surfaces?

Janice M. Glime jmglime at MTU.EDU
Sun Sep 20 09:43:15 EST 1998

> What is the correct botanical name for the algae that invaribly colonise
> damp surfaces e.g. moist perlite on surface of plant containers,also  is
> there a simple protocol for demonstrating the cellular structure to
> students, many thanks
> Bernard Brennan

In most cases it seems to be Chlorella - a one-celled and ubiquitous green
alga.  Others are possible, however, and Oscillatoria is common on soil of
flower pots.  Chlamydomonas also will grow on the soil.  
 Janice M. Glime, Professor  
 Department of Biological Sciences
 Michigan Technological University
 Houghton, MI 49931-1295
 jmglime at
 FAX 906-487-3167 

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