Paramecium bursaria is a unicellular ciliate protist. Ciliates have their body covered by tiny hairs that help them to move in very characteristic ways and help with prey capture for feeding, as ciliates do not have chloroplasts and therefore they are not photosynthetic. Paramecium is a model organism to study endosymbiosis as it contains symbiotic green algae. The algae feels safe inside the ciliate and the ciliate benefits by taking some energy from the algae photosynthesis, so they live happily in this symbiotic relationship.
CCAP Ref: CCAP 1660/13
Required Medium: SES
30ml pack size, suitable for 30 students.
Store at room temperature (14-24°C) away from direct sunlight. Shake before pipetting onto slide & viewing under microscope.
Darwin Biological's algae and protozoa samples are produced in partnership with the Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa (CCAP) and are only available for UK schools and colleges to purchase. Please visit https://www.ccap.ac.uk/ to purchase if you are a university or commercial customer.
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