An Antarctic alga that can survive the extreme cold

TitleAn Antarctic alga that can survive the extreme cold
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsSmith, DR, Leung, A, Zhang, X, Cvetkovska, M, Morgan-Kiss, RM, H√ľner, NPA
JournalFrontiers for Young Minds
Date Published05/2022

Microscopic algae are tougher than you might think. Some can even survive the extreme cold. In this article, we describe one of the coolest algae of all, the Antarctic green alga called Chlamydomonas sp. UWO241. This one-celled super-organism lives deep in the frigid waters of a remote and permanently ice-covered lake in Antarctica. How does this little alga thrive in such a barren and unwelcoming place? Well, dive into this article to learn how studying the genome of UWO241 is helping scientists better understand this amazingly hardy alga.

Short TitleFront. Young Minds