Zoochlorella - definition of zoochlorella by The Free Dictionary
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n. pl. zo·o·chlor·el·lae (-klə-rĕl′ē)
Any of various one-celled green algae that live symbiotically within the cells of aquatic invertebrate organisms such as sponges and sea anemones or within certain protists.
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1]) of a zooxanthella at 50% of the average hourly irradiance is over twice that of a zoochlorella
during summer, the two algae exhibit comparable daily productivities during winter (Table 1).
In 1881, Brandt introduced the term zoochlorella
to describe the algae in freshwater hosts, including hydras, sponges and protists (Sapp, 1994).
Also, in the Hydra-Chlorella symbiosis (reviewed by Schoenberg and Trench, 1980), it has been suggested that recognition follows nonspecific phagocytosis of a zoochlorella
by a host digestive cell.