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Oligotrophic Bacteria Enhance Algal Growth under Iron-Deficient Conditions

By E. Keshtacher-Liebso..., Y. Hadar and Y. Chen


A Halomonas sp., a marine halophilic and oligotrophic bacterium, was grown on exudates of Dunaliella bardawil. The bacteria increased the solubility of Fe, thereby enhancing its availability to the algae. As a result, the algal growth rate increased. Because of these syntrophic relations, growth of the marine alga D. bardawil was facilitated at Fe levels that would otherwise induce Fe deficiency and inhibit algal growth

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