Received June 7, 1972; revised November 1, 1972.
PROTOTHECA: AN ALGA OR A FUNGUS?†
Article first published online: 6 APR 2006
Journal of Phycology
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 113–116, March 1973
How to Cite
Nadakavukaren, M. J. and McCracken, D. A. (1973), PROTOTHECA: AN ALGA OR A FUNGUS?. Journal of Phycology, 9: 113–116. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-3646.1973.00113.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2006
Although Prototheca is generally considered to be a colorless member of the Chlorococcales, there have been a number of attempts to relate it to the fungi. However, our ultrastructural observations support the conclusion that it is indeed a nonphotosynthetic alga and not a fungus. One such structural feature that is of special interest is the presence of membrane-bounded starch granules which are considered to be storage plastids. Fungi are not known to produce plastids.