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Description of Prototheca

These colourless yeast-like algae are the only known plants that cause infections in humans and animals. Also occurs in natural freshwater habitats
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In taxonomy, Prototheca is a genus of algae, specifically of the Chlorellaceae.[2] Some species can cause the disease protothecosis.


  1. ^ Krüger, W. (1894). Kurze Charakteristik einiger niedrerer Organismen im Saftfluss der Laubbäume. Hedwigia 33: 241-266, [1].
  2. ^ See the NCBI webpage on Prototheca. Data extracted from the "NCBI taxonomy resources". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
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