Dagenoer Soda Lake is located on the Xilinhaote plateau in Inner Mongolia at an elevation of 1289 m. Blooms of one predominant kind of picoplankton algae were found in the lake throughout the year. A strain of this picoplankton alga, designated DGN-Z1, was isolated in axenic culture. Its cells are spherical or oval, 2-3 in diameter; it grows optimally at 0.5-1 M NaCl, and tolerates pH values from 7 to 12. Phylogenetic analysis based on sequence similarity of the 18S rRNA gene suggested that it belongs to the green algal species Picocystis salinarum.
Fanjing, Kong; Qinxian, Jia; Jia, Er; and Mianping, Zheng
"Characterization of a eukaryotic picoplankton alga, strain DGN-Z1, isolated from a soda lake in inner Mongolia, China,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 15, Article 38.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol15/iss1/38