Through a microscope it is possible to see the
The cells of the cyranobacteria are joined in threads
that are surrounded by a mucus producing sheath. These cell
threads are widest at the base, and there, a large light
cell is often visible. Several cell threads are often united
to form a wad.
Reproduction occurs when bacteria cells
divide. Distribution is accomplished when a few connected
and gas filled cells are released from the cell thread and
Cyranobacteria utilizes photosynthesis to
produce sugar, but also has the ability to absorb and bind
nitrogen from the air. The black belts of cyanobacteria
reach their peak during the later summer and autumn.
Cyanobacterias are also known as blue-green
bacteria and blue-green algae in certain areas.
periwinkle is commonly seen grazing on these belts of