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Dunaliella salina Teodor. A: Vegetative cell, B: Zoospores in cell division, C: Mating gametes, D: Ripe zygospore, E: Zygospore germination
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Scientific classification e
(unranked): Viridiplantae
Division: Chlorophyta
Class: Chlorophyceae
Order: Chlamydomonadales
Family: Dunaliellaceae
Genus: Dunaliella

Dunaliella is a genus of the algae family Dunaliellaceae.[1] Dunaliella sp. are motile, unicellular, rod to ovoid shaped (9−11 µm) green algae (Chlorophyceae), which are common in marine waters. The organisms are relatively simple to cultivate and do not clump or form chains.


The best-known species is the extremely salt tolerant Dunaliella salina Teodor. A new species of Dunaliella was discovered in the Atacama Desert in 2010. It is believed that the algae is sustained by the condensation of water vapor on hanging spider-webs.[2]

Dunaliella tertiolecta is a marine green flagellate with a cell size of 10−12 µm.[3] This strain is reported to have oil yield of about 37% (organic basis). D. tertiolecta is a fast-growing strain and that means it has a high CO2 sequestration rate as well.[4][5]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Nozaki H, Onishi K, Morita E (2002). "Differences in pyrenoid morphology are correlated with differences in the rbcL genes of members of the Chloromonas lineage (Volvocales, Chlorophyceae)". J Mol Evol. 55 (4): 414–430. doi:10.1007/s00239-002-2338-9. PMID 12355262. 

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