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Oscillatoria princeps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Cyanobacteria
Class: Cyanophyceae
Order: Nostocales
Family: Oscillatoriaceae
Genus: Oscillatoria
Vaucher ex Gomont, 1892
Type species
Oscillatoria princeps
Vaucher ex Gomont

Oscillatoria is a genus of filamentous cyanobacterium which is named after the oscillation in its movement. Filaments in the colonies can slide back and forth against each other until the whole mass is reoriented to its light source. It is commonly found in watering-troughs waters, and is mainly blue-green or brown-green. Oscillatoria is an organism that reproduces by fragmentation. Oscillatoria forms long filaments of cells which can break into fragments called hormogonia. The hormogonia can grow into a new, longer filament. Breaks in the filament usually occur where dead cells (necridia) are present. Oscillatoria uses photosynthesis to survive and reproduce. Each filament of oscillatoria consists of trichome which is made up of rows of cells. The tip of the trichome oscillates like a pendulum.

Oscillatoria sp. is the subject of research into the natural production of butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT),[1] an antioxidant, food additive and industrial chemical.

Oscillatoria contains the following species:[2]


  1. ^ Babu B, Wu JT (December 2008). "Production of Natural Butylated Hydroxytoluene as an Antioxidant by Freshwater Phytoplankton" (PDF). Journal of Phycology 44 (6): 1447–1454. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2008.00596.x. 
  2. ^ M. D. Guiry. "Oscillatoria Vaucher ex Gomont, 1892: 198". AlgaeBase. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 

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BMC Blogs Network

BMC Blogs Network
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:58:39 -0800

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Le Scienze

Le Scienze
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:23:29 -0800

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Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:03:45 -0800

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Oneonta Daily Star
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:58:39 -0700

Ryan Fagan, president of the Canadarago Lake Improvement Association, said algae was confirmed Wednesday to be Oscillatoria, or Planktothrix, rubescens, which can produce small amounts of toxins. The confirmation was made with assistance from the ...

Daily Sun

Daily Sun
Wed, 09 Dec 2015 18:15:47 -0800

He said the bacterium, known as Burgundy Blood algae or Oscillatoria rubescens, is known to have existed 3,000 years ago and still causes similar effects today. He said: “It multiplies massively in slow-moving warm waters with high levels of nutrition ...


Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:05:42 -0700

The four 16S rRNA-DGGE bands CYA1–CYA4 (Supplementary Data and Supplementary Figure S3a) formed clusters with members of the genera Leptolyngbya and Oscillatoria (Oscillatoriales) with a 99% similarity according to the BLASTN analyses ...

Anderson Independent Mail

Anderson Independent Mail
Sat, 23 May 2015 16:48:40 -0700

Included in the blue-green side is oscillatoria, named for the way it can move, and anabaena, which looks like a twisted strand of pearls. The diatoms, or brownish algae, include fragilaria and tabellaria. But algae in Lake Hartwell didn't just show up ...

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