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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 for 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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Wed, 09 Sep 2015 19:15:00 -0700

“The oscillatoria is highly toxic and the presence of which is dangerous to fish species. The water in the temple pond has high amount of the bluish green algae,” the experts observed. The water inside the pond should be changed to control the issue ...
The Hindu
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:10:43 -0700

The excessive growth of toxic algal blooms, called oscillatoria, is behind the fish kill in the Sri Krishna Temple pond at Ambalappuzha, according to a team of scientists of the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS). The dissolved ...

La Prensa Gráfica

La Prensa Gráfica
Fri, 11 Sep 2015 21:03:50 -0700

... estar ante la presencia de otras bacterias con otras características”, manifestó la ministra. La vez anterior se estableció que el cambio de color del agua fue por la desmedida presencia de algas Microcystis aeruginosa, Oscillatoria limosa y ...

Oneonta Daily Star

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 ...
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 ...


Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:41:00 -0700

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