Definition of Cyanobacteria

1. Noun. Predominantly photosynthetic prokaryotic organisms containing a blue pigment in addition to chlorophyll; occur singly or in colonies in diverse habitats; important as phytoplankton.

Exact synonyms: Blue-green Algae
Generic synonyms: Eubacteria, Eubacterium, True Bacteria
Group relationships: Class Cyanobacteria, Class Cyanophyceae, Cyanophyceae
Specialized synonyms: Nostoc, Trichodesmium
Derivative terms: Cyanobacterial

Definition of Cyanobacteria

1. Noun. (plural of cyanobacterium) ¹

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Definition of Cyanobacteria

1. cyanobacterium [n] - See also: cyanobacterium

Medical Definition of Cyanobacteria

1. Modern term for the blue green algae, prokaryotic cells that use chlorophyll on intracytoplasmic membranes for photosynthesis. The blue green colour is due to the presence of phycobiliproteins. Found as single cells, colonies or simple filaments. In Anabaena, in which the cells are arranged as a filament, heterocysts capable of nitrogen fixation occur at regular intervals. According to the endosymbiont theory Cyanobacteria are the progenitors of chloroplasts. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cyanobacteria

cyano group
cyano radical
cyanoacetic acid
cyanobacteria (current term)
cyanobacterium-like bodies
cyanocarbon acid

Literary usage of Cyanobacteria

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Wild Land Shrub and Arid Land Restoration Symposium: Proceedings edited by Bruce A. Roundy, E. Durant McArthur, Jennifer S. Hayley, David K. Mann (1996)
"FC/H: Straw mixed in with fall cyanobacteria 8. S/M: Sugar, mulch 9. ... FC = Fall applied cyanobacteria; SC = Spring applied cyanobacteria; F = Fertilizer; ..."

2. Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars by National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars, National Research Council (U.S.). Space Studies Board, National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2006)
"cyanobacteria supply the consortium with reduced organic carbon and nitrogen via photosynthesis and N2 fixation, and the heterotrophic bacteria recycle ..."

3. Biotechnology: Building on Farmers' Knowledge by Joske F. G. Bunders, Bertus Haverkort, Wim Hiemstra (1996)
"cyanobacteria require a high level of soil moisture, even flooding, if they are to flourish. In terrestrial systems there is little evidence of ..."

4. Biotechnology of Algae: A Bibliography by Virginia Stone (1994)
"For organellar genomes, chloroplastic and mitochondrial proteins are encoded mainly with codons ending in A or U. In most cyanobacteria and the nuclei of ..."

5. Biotechnology: Ti-Plasmids and Other Plan Vectors: Bibliography January 1993 by Raymond Dobert (1996)
"Current microbiology v. 27 (6): p. 323-327; 1993 Dec. Includes references. Language: English Descriptors: cyanobacteria; Dna; Plasmids; Replication; ..."

6. Bioremediation: The Tokyo '94 Workshop by Tokyo '94 Workshop (1994), OECD Staff, Yoshitaka Ando, OECD, Salomon Wald (1995)
"These filamentous cyanobacteria have two distinct types of cells, vegetative cells and ... Similar results were obtained with a thermophilic cyanobacteria, ..."

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