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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.


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Pyrocystis fusiformis is a large, unicellular, bioluminescent alga. Each cell, which is fusiform in shape, can reach 1 mm in length. During the night, cells produce potent blue light when shaken or disturbed. Algae are packaged by default in a Nalgene™ PETG sterile square bottle, but you may opt to have your culture shipped in an Erlenmeyer flask, which is designed to optimize growth conditions.

Maintain at room temperature under fluorescent lighting or under indirect natural light. Prevent exposure to direct heat, direct sunlight, and excessive temperature fluctuation. The algae in each flask will live for approximately 1 to 2 months from purchase. To extend the lifespan of bioluminescent algae, purchase additional growth medium. Cultues of bioluminescent algae can persist indefinitely if periodically diluted with new growth medium. Detailed care instructions are included in shipment and are available for download. This product is non-toxic and safe for use with children. Pyrocystis fusiformis is not a causative agent of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and is not a toxin-producing species.
PCE Strain ID PCE133
BMC Strain ID BMC103
Bioluminescence Index 5
Optimal Temperature Range 20 - 25 ÂșC
Compatible Culture Media L1, f/2
Culture Medium at BMC L1-Si
Culture Purity Unialgal

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