[Photo from University of Texas Culture Collection of Algae – Austin, United States]
Chlorella sorokiniana (AlgaeBase) is a species of freshwater green microalga in the Division Chlorophyta. It has a characteristic emerald-green color and pleasant grass odor. Its cells divide rapidly to produce four new cells every 17 to 24 hours. The alga was found by a Dutch microbiologist Martinus W. Beijerinck in 1890. In 1951, the Rockefeller Foundation in collaboration with the Japanese Government and Hiroshi Tamiya developed the technology to grow, harvest and process C. sorokiniana on a large, economically-feasible scale. This microalga has also been used extensively as a model system to study enzymes involved in higher plant metabolism. Also, C. sorokiniana is used to research a way to improve biofuel efficiency. [From Wikipedia]
The experimental samples used for this species can be found in Data S1 of our supplementary data.