John G. Rueter

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Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology



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1 online resource (126 p.)


Cyanobacteria -- Physiology, Iron -- Metabolism, Nitrogen -- Fixation




The investigations described in this paper are an attempt to further define and quantify the interrelationship of nitrogen fixation and iron nutritional physiology in these two species. Chapter II will present and compare data on nutritional ratios of field collected Trichodesmium colonies and laboratory Anabaena cultures, with the intent of examining possible correlations between observed iron levels and protein nitrogen and chlorophyll concentrations, as well as nitrogen fixation rates. Chapter Ill is an examination of nitrogen fixation and siderophore production in Anabaena with emphasis on the possible implications of hypothesized synergistic effects of these two physiological capabilities on cyanobacterial dominance and bloom formation. Chapter IV will deal with the possibility of gratuitous manganese repression of Anabaena siderophore production in the manner described by Hantke (1987) for regulation of siderophore production in E. coli. The Conclusions chapter (Chapter V) will present a discussion of the results of these experiments in the context of current problems in cyanobacterial physiology, ecology and evolution. It is hoped that a significant contribution can be made to our understanding of the related problems of cyanobacterial dominance in freshwater ecosysytems and the scarcity of cyanobacterial nitrogen fixation in marine ecosystems.


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