Pyrocystis fusiformis

We have been endeavouring to batch culture a donation culture of a Pyrocystis fusiformis, and to maximise the expression of their bioluminescent properties.

Pyrocystis fusiformis is a large, unicellular, bioluminescent algae and they glow quite strongly when agitated mechanically or chemically.

Originally I was using a desktop lamp controlled by a mechanical timer, but the dinos didn’t seem to like the cold <15 deg C they have since been moved indoors to a better temp range (19-25 deg C)

https://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/f2013/eigner_rach/classification.htm