Bacteria inhibit algae growth

30 January 2018

Microalgae can be found all over the world, from the oceans to the canals of Amsterdam — and industrial bioreactors, where they are used for the production of biofuels and polymers for making plastics. These microalgae are often accompanied by specific bacteria.
‘So far, research has focused mainly on the positive effects of these bacteria, but they can also have negative effects’, says João Gouveia, who obtained his doctorate on 19 December. He discovered that bacteria inhibit the growth of certain microalgae. A surprising outcome, because it is generally assumed that microalgae and bacteria reinforce each other (News Item Wageningen University & Research, 8 January 2018).
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