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Subject: Chitin in green algae
From: Stephen Martin <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 22 Jan 1996 11:05:20 -0800
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I have recently read that green algae contains chitin, and that marine
microorganisms like Vibrio degrade the chitin so the carbon and
nitrogen can be recycled back into the marine ecosystem. Is the chitin
polymer exposed on the outside of the algal cell membrane? My old
microbiology text says that green algae has cellulose in its membrane.
Does it have both cellulose and chitin? Also, do fresh water
microorganisms exist which act like marine Vibrio in the degradation
of chitin?
 
I would appreciate any help that could be provided.
 
Dr. Steve Martin

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