Definition of heterocyst in English:
A large, transparent, thick-walled cell found in the filaments of certain blue-green algae and in certain fungi.
- Nitrification cannot occur in the presence of oxygen, so nitrogen is fixed in specialized cells called heterocysts.
- These heterocysts develop from vegetative cells in a regular pattern along the filament.
- In the 1970s, purified heterocysts from this strain were used to demonstrate that they are the sites of aerobic nitrogen fixation.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India