Model Organism

Name: Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Morphology: unicell green alga, oval shape

Size: about 10µm in diameter

Locomotion: two flagella

Habitat: aquatic and terrestrial environments

Lifestyle: photosynthetic, heterotroph or mixotroph

Microscope image of Clamydomonas reinhardtii [1]

The possibilities for manipulating C. reinhardtii are enormous. There are a lot of protocols for growth, sexual propagation and mutagenesis. It exists a collection of more than 300 plasmids for C. reinhardtii and over 3000 strains what makes this organism so valuable and versatile for research all around the globe. [2]


[1] Klaus Frisch, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii:

[2] Scaife, M. A. et al. (2015) ‘Establishing Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as an industrial biotechnology host’, Plant Journal, 82(3), pp. 532–546. doi: 10.1111/tpj.12781.