Anabaena is a genus of filamentous, un-branched Cyanobacteria consisting of bead-like cells and enlarged spores or heterocysts.
- Teach concepts of Gene Differentiation with Anabaena's barrel-shaped heterocysts
- Excellent organism to discuss the complex relationship between bacteria, Cyanobacteria and algae
- Eukaryotic (like bacteria) but photosynthetic (like algae)
Anabaena are a genus of Blue-green Algae or Cyanobacteria.
Specifically, Anabaena are known for their nitrogen-fixing abilities.
These prokaryotic cells are not true algae (which are eukaryotic) but also aren't truly bacterial cells as they produce energy via photosynthesis.
Genus: Anabaena. Species: not specified