Sensitivity to fuel diesel oil and cell wall structure of some Scenedesmus (Chlorococcales) strains

Zbigniew Tukaj, Jerzy Bohdanowicz


Sensitivity of three Scenedesmus strains exposed to aqueous fuel-oil extract (AFOE) is strongly strain-dependent S. quadricauda is the most resistant, S. armatus moderately tolerant whereas the most sensitive appears to be S. microspina. The sensitivity of tested species increases parallel with decreasing of cell size and cell number in coenobium. The values of the cell surface/cell volumes ratios only partly explain the above relationships. Electron microscope investigations reveal that the sensitivity may depend on cell wall structure of the strains. Cell wall of all here investigated strains is built of two layers: the inner so-called cellulosic layer and the outer one showing a three-laminar structure (TLS). The latter contains an acetolysis-resistant biopolymer (ARB). These two layers are similar in thickness in the three strains tested, but the surface of Scenedesmus is covered with various epistructures that are characteristic of strains. Some of them as the tightly fitting warty layer of S. armatus and especially the loosely fitting reticulate layer of S. quadricauda may contribute to lower permeability of cell wall. The structure of the rosettes also appears to be correlated with the sensitivity of strains. Presence of invaginations of plasmalemma in areas under rosettes indicates their role in transport processes inside/outside the cells.


Scenedesmus; growth; morphology; cell wall structure; sensitivity; fuel oil

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