Taxonomic study of a new eustigmatophycean alga, Vacuoliviride crystalliferum gen. et sp. nov

J Plant Res. 2015 Mar;128(2):249-57. doi: 10.1007/s10265-014-0686-3. Epub 2014 Dec 17.


This study investigated the taxonomic affiliation of the algal strain nak-9, which has been reported to absorb radioactive cesium with high efficiency, using light and electron microscopy, and molecular phylogenetic analysis based on 18S ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) sequences. This alga is spherical and coccoid, with a smooth cell wall, large vacuole, crystalline structure, reddish globule, and refractile granules (lamellate vesicles). The cells possess one to several greenish parietal chloroplasts with a bulging pyrenoid surrounded by lamellate vesicles. The chloroplasts include orderly thylakoid lamellae but no girdle lamella. Molecular phylogenetic analysis suggests that strain nak-9 is a member of the eustigmatophycean clade, which includes Goniochloris, Pseudostaurastrum, and Trachydiscus. On the basis of these results, we propose that strain nak-9 (NIES-2860) comprises a new species and new genus of the Eustigmatophyceae, Vacuoliviride crystalliferum gen. et sp. nov.

MeSH terms

  • Algal Proteins / genetics
  • Chloroplasts / ultrastructure
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Stramenopiles / classification*
  • Stramenopiles / cytology
  • Stramenopiles / genetics*
  • Stramenopiles / ultrastructure


  • Algal Proteins
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 18S

Associated data

  • GENBANK/LC004696