During growth of the freshwater cyanobacteria, Oscillatoria sp. BTCC/A0004, and Scytonema sp. TISTR 8208, a pink pigment is released into the growth medium. The pigment from each source had a molecular weight of approximately 250 kDa and had adsorption maxima at 560 and 620 nm. These results suggest that pink pigment is a phycoerythrin-like protein. It inhibited the growth of green algae, Chlorella fusca and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, but not other cyanobacteria or true bacteria. The concentration at which growth inhibition 50% occurred was 0.5, 6 and more than 10 mg ml-1, respectively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology