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cyanobacteria

Michael Allaby

in A Dictionary of Ecology

Fifth edition


Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191793158

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A large and varied group of *bacteria which possess *chlorophyll a and which carry out *photosynthesis in the presence of light and air, with concomitant production of oxygen. They were formerly regarded as algae (division Cyanophyta) and were called ‘blue-green algae’. Fossil cyanobacteria have been found in rocks almost 3000 Ma old and they are common as ...

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Subjects: Ecology and Conservation

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