Nostoc commune var. sphaeroides

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Nostoc commune var. sphaeroides
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Cyanobacteria
Order: Nostocales
Family: Nostocaceae
Genus: Nostoc
Species: Nostoc commune
Variety: N. c. var. sphaeroides
Trinomial name
Nostoc commune var. sphaeroides

Nostoc commune var. sphaeroides is an edible cyanobacterium[1] found in diverse habitats such as lakes and rivers. It is used as a food and nutritional supplement and has reputed pharmaceutical properties.[2]


  1. ^ Takenaka, H; Yamaguchi, Y; Sakaki, S; Watarai, K; Tanaka, N; Hori, M; Seki, H; Tsuchida, M; Yamada, A; Nishimori, T; Morinaga, T. Safety evaluation of Nostoc flagelliforme (nostocales, cyanophyceae) as a potential food. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 1998; 36(12): 1073-1077.
  2. ^ Rasmussen, Heather E.; Kara R. Blobaum; Young-Ki Park; Sarah J. Ehlers; Fan Lu; Ji-Young Lee (March 2008). "Lipid Extract of Nostoc commune var. sphaeroides Kützing, a Blue-Green Alga, Inhibits the Activation of Sterol Regulatory Element Binding Proteins in HepG2 Cells1–3,". The Journal of Nutrition. American Society for Nutrition. 138 (3): 476–481. PMID 18287352. 

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