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Art of Science 08

Single-celled green algae
Living in a Shadow

Zeiss Axiovert 200M Microscope 

Chandana Gopalakrishnappa

Seppe Kuehn Laboratory

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the University of Illinois

The single-celled green algae seen in this image have a special ability: they can photosynthesize, converting light into food as plants do, but can also eat and grow in the dark if provided with sugar. Researchers are studying how this versatile organism is affected by the chemical nature of the environment using new microfluidic technology. This will help throw light on the impact of human disturbances of ecosystems and how they can be mitigated.