Nostoc commune var. sphaeroides

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Nostoc commune var. sphaeroides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: 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 [Reprint-author]; Yamaguchi,-Y [Author]; Sakaki,-S [Author]; Watarai,-K [Author]; Tanaka,-N [Author]; Hori,-M [Author]; Seki,-H [Author]; Tsuchida,-M [Author]; Yamada,-A [Author]; Nishimori,-T [Author]; Morinaga,-T [Author]. 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 (United States of America: American Society for Nutrition) 138 (3): 476–481. PMID 18287352. 

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