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Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

The genome sequence and gene models of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii were downloaded from Phytozome, the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) plant genomics portal. In order to allow comparative analyses with other algal genomes sequenced by the JGI, a copy of this genome is incorporated into PhycoCosm. JGI tools were used to automatically annotate predicted proteins.

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a single celled chlorophyte. Highly adaptable, these green algae live in many different environments throughout the world. Normally deriving energy from photosynthesis, with an alternative carbon source, C. reinhardtii can also thrive in total darkness.

The relative adaptability and quick generation time have made Chlamydomonas an important model for biological research. Over the years, studies of Chlamydomonas have provided major research contributions in the areas of photosynthesis and molecular biology.

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