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Chloromonas nivalis subsp. tatrae, subsp. nov. (Chlamydomonadales, Chlorophyta): re-examination of a snow alga from the High Tatra Mountains (Slovakia)

Lenka Procházková, Daniel Remias, Tomáš Řezanka, Linda Nedbalová

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Melting snow fields populated by aplanozygotes of the genus Chloromonas (Chlamydomonadales, Chlorophyta) are found in polar and alpine habitats. In the High Tatra Mountains (Slovakia), cells causing blooms of brownish-red snow designated as Scotiella tatrae Kol turned out to be genetically (18S, ITS1 and ITS2 rDNA, rbcL) very closely related to Chloromonas nivalis (Chodat) Hoham et Mullet from the Austrian Alps. Therefore, Sc. tatrae is transfered into the latter taxon and reduced to a subspecies as Cr. nivalis subsp. tatrae. Both exhibit a similar photosynthetic performance, thrive in similar habitats...

Burning coal spoil heaps as a new habitat for the extremophilic red alga Galdieria sulphuraria

Dovilė Barcytė, Linda Nedbalová, Adam Culka, Filip Košek, Jan Jehlička

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Galdieria sulphuraria (Cyanidiales) is a worldwide acclaimed thermoacidophilic red microalga with a limited distribution due to special conditions required for growth and metabolism. Until now, the alga was almost exclusively restricted to acid geothermal environments around the world. However, we have found this species on the surface of a burning coal spoil heap in central Europe. It is the first record of G. sulphuraria in this type of habitat. A rbcL phylogeny confirmed that the population of this extremophile belongs to the continental European lineage and we consider Italian geothermal sites as a potential source of Czech...

Prof. RNDr. František Hindák, DrSc. – 80 years

Jiří Komárek

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Prof. František Hindák, who celebrates his 80th years anniversary in March 2017, belongs to the prominent specialists of the Slovak and also the world phycology. His name is surely connected with the start and development of the modern research of algae in Slovakia. While the historical phycological investigations in Slovakia, particularly in the Carpathians – High Tatra Moutains, were covered sooner mainly by the specialists from Hungary, Poland or by the Czech colleagues, he fully developed a supported the modern phycological research on Slovakian scientific institutions and universities.