Pediastrum boryanum

Green algae

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Pediastrum is a genus that belongs to the phylum of green algae, the Chlorophyta. Green algae can consist of singular cells, colony-forming cells with flagella, thread-forming types or seaweed. Pediastrum typically forms colonies of multiple cells.

Pediastrum is a genus that belongs to the phylum of green algae, the Chlorophyta. Green algae can consist of singular cells, colony-forming cells with flagella, thread-forming types or seaweed. Pediastrum typically forms colonies of multiple cells.

Green algae

Pediastrum forms flat, star-shaped colonies consisting of 8, 16 of 32 cells with horn-like projections. Pediastrum boryanum can form colonies of up to 128 cells. Thisalgae is non-motile, meaning it floats in water in the direction of the flow of water. Pediastrum is a green algae, which means that just like plants, it uses sunlight as its energy source to make oxygen and sugars (autotroph). The algae then uses this sugar as food. A green algae gets its color from a green pigment, called chlorophyll, that absorbs sunlight in the photosynthetic process

Part of the chain

Pediastrum plays an important role as a primary producer by converting light energy and carbon dioxide into usable nutrients and oxygen. In this way algae act as a food source for many animal-like organisms that also play a role in the larger food chain.  
  
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