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Bioluminescent Algae

Bioluminescent dinoflagellates are algae that produce bright blue light when stimulated by movement. Below are images of individual cells. Each species produces similar bioluminescence, but differs in microscopic structure.

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Pyrocystis fusiformis
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Pyrocystis fusiformis is a large bioluminescent alga with fusiform cell morphology. Compared to other species, Pyrocystis fusiformis is the largest of its genus. During the night, cells produce potent blue light when shaken or disturbed. Each flask of algae contains tens of thousands of cells which bioluminesce in response to mechanical stimuli.


Dr. Débora Iglesias-Rodríguez swirls a flask of bioluminescent dinoflagellates.

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Pyrocystis lunula
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Pyrocystis lunula is a bioluminescent alga with crescent-shaped cell morphology of 0.15 mm in length. During the night, cells produce blue light when shaken or disturbed. Each flask of algae contains tens of thousands of cells which bioluminesce in response to mechanical stimuli.


Dr. Débora Iglesias-Rodríguez swirls a flask of bioluminescent dinoflagellates.

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Pyrocystis Culturing Kit
$119.00
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The Pyrocystis Culturing Kit is ideal for beginners and contains the materials necessary to grow your own algae1.
Kit Contents
  • 250 mL living culture of a Pyrocystis species of your choice in a Nalgene™ PET Square Bottle
  • 1000 mL of Sterile L1 Algal Growth Medium in a Nalgene™ PET Square Bottle
  • Sterile Nalgene™ PETG Erlenmeyer Flask (500 mL Capacity) with 0.2 µm Vented Closure
  • (2) Sterile Graduated Transfer Pipettes (3 mL Capacity)
  • Product Instruction Sheet


Dr. Débora Iglesias-Rodríguez swirls an erlenmeyer flask (included with kit purchase) of bioluminescent dinoflagellates.

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Deluxe Pyrocystis Culturing Kit
$199.00
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The Deluxe Pyrocystis species Culturing Kit is ideal for beginners and contains the materials necessary to grow your own algae1.
Kit Contents
  • 500 mL living culture of Pyrocystis fusiformis in a Nalgene™ PET Square Bottle
  • 500 mL living culture of Pyrocystis lunula in a Nalgene™ PET Square Bottle
  • 1000 mL of Sterile L1 Algal Growth Medium in a Nalgene™ PET Square Bottle
  • (2) Sterile Nalgene™ PETG Erlenmeyer Flasks (1000 mL Capacity Each) with 0.2 µm Vented Closures
  • (6) Sterile Graduated Transfer Pipettes (3 mL Capacity Each)
  • Product Instruction Sheet


Dr. Débora Iglesias-Rodríguez swirls an erlenmeyer flask (included with kit purchase) of bioluminescent dinoflagellates.

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