|Always there but seldom noticed:
|Spirogyra is a
filamentous algae that can be found in almost every pond
or ditch. At the end of the summer Spirogyra
and it's relatives Mougeotia and Zygnema
grow to such numbers that they form a thick scum on the
surface of the water. Not many people know what beauty
lies hidden inside this formless mass. The chloroplasts
are arranged in a variety of ways. In Spirogyra,
it runs through the cell like a spiral.
Like their relatives the desmids, they belong to the phyla Gamophyta, the conjugating green algae. They have a very special way of reproduction. In one of the next issues of Micscape magazine you will read everything about how Spirogyra reproduces.
THE INSTITUTE FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE LESS THAN ONE MILLIMETRE
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