Story: Life in hot springs

Cyanidium cells

Cyanidium cells

This transmission electron microscope photograph shows Cyanidium cells from Lake Rotokawa. The pale grains within the cells are starch accumulated by the alga, while the darker masses are the chloroplasts where photosynthesis takes place. The cells are ringed by amorphous silica.

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Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) by Kim Handley

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Acidophiles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006