Heterotrophy among Cyanobacteria

Ronald Stebegg (Korresp. Autor*in), Georg Schmetterer, Annette Rompel (Korresp. Autor*in)

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Cyanobacteria have been studied in recent decades to investigate the principle mechanisms of plant-type oxygenic photosynthesis, as they are the inventors of this process, and their cultivation and research is much easier compared to land plants. Nevertheless, many cyanobacterial strains possess the capacity for at least some forms of heterotrophic growth. This review demonstrates that cyanobacteria are much more than simple photoautotrophs, and their flexibility toward different environmental conditions has been underestimated in the past. It summarizes the strains capable of heterotrophy known by date structured by their phylogeny and lists the possible substrates for heterotrophy for each of them in a table in the Supporting Information. The conditions are discussed in detail that cause heterotrophic growth for each strain in order to allow for reproduction of the results. The review explains the importance of this knowledge for the use of new methods of cyanobacterial cultivation, which may be advantageous under certain conditions. It seeks to stimulate other researchers to identify new strains capable of heterotrophy that have not been known so far.

Seiten (von - bis)33098-33114
FachzeitschriftACS Omega
Frühes Online-Datum6 Sep. 2023
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 19 Sep. 2023

ÖFOS 2012

  • 106006 Biophysik
  • 106002 Biochemie


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