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"vine-like" Spirogyra

Michael F. Dolan mdolan at geo.umass.edu
Wed Mar 21 17:49:06 EST 2001

A colleague comparing forest canopies and the algal periphyton has
asked me the following
 "Some descriptions of periphyton algae communities have 
Spirogyra and
Dichotomosiphon cells spiralling up the stalked microalgae that are
attached to the substrate. In the illustrations, they look a lot like
vines spiralling up the trunk of a tree! Does anyone know whether
cells of this type could move around by this method, for example 
along algal strands?
 Any information on this matter would be appreciated.
Michael F. Dolan

Michael F. Dolan, Ph.D.
Department of Geosciences
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA
Phone: 413-545-3244
FAX: 413-545-1200
email: mdolan at geo.umass.edu

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