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Chlorella pyrenoidosa

Chlorella pyrenoidosa is a species of fresh water green algae. It has been used medicinally as a chelatory agent, for example to extract mercury from the body. However there is no scientific proof of this.

Possible medicinal uses include:

  • fibromyalgia
  • hypertension
  • ulcerative colitis

It occurs world wide. The species name pyrenoidosa refers to the presence of a prominent pyrenoid within the Chlorella chloroplast. This species has been used in traditional Chinese medicine.

See also

  • Chlorella

Boraas (1983) reported a mutation in a population of Chlorella pyrenoidosa kept in his lab as a food stock for a population of flagellates. Due to a malfunction of his equipment some of the flagellates got in the Chlorella's tank. this caused a mutation from unicellular to Multicellular.


  • chlorella
  • Boraas, M. E. 1983. Predator induced evolution in chemostat culture. EOS. Transactions of the American Geophysical Union. 64:1102.

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