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Contact: Margaret Coulombe
Arizona State University

Rope-building Cyanobacteria

Caption: Sandy desert soil from the Colorado Plateau is colonized by pioneering Microcoleus vaginatus (left). This is a microscopic view of ropes built in culture by Microcoleus chthonoplastes from a marine intertidal mat (right).

Credit: Arizona State University

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