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Unformatted text preview: Being a chlorophyte, Gonium utilizes photosynthesis to make sugar, used in its metabolism. The Genus Gonium represents 16 species. Gonium pectorale is one of the most abundant and encountered species of green algae. Of all the species studied, three of them have known carbon sources. Growth has been supported by acetate, pyruvate, and DL-lactate. Reproduction can be sexual (isogamous), where cells of the same size and of different mating types, "+" and "-" fuse together and form a zygote, producing four cells. Asexual reproduction by autocolony formation, may also take place, wherein a cell has repeated mitotic nuclear division, resulting in a multinucleated cell, with cytokinesis occurring for each nucleus. Cells in Gonium colonies are identical and have shown no evidence of specialization....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course BIOLOGY 116 taught by Professor Gamboa during the Spring '08 term at Oakland University.
- Spring '08