Konopka, Allan E. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington.
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A large and heterogeneous group of photosynthetic microorganisms, formerly referred to as blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria had been classified with the algae because their mechanism of photosynthesis is similar to that of algal and plant chloroplasts (cell plastids); however, the cells are prokaryotic, whereas the cells of algae and plants are eukaryotic. The name cyanobacteria is now used to emphasize the similarity in cell structure to other prokaryotic organisms. See also: Algae; Cell plastids; Prokaryotae
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