The international journeys and aliases of Synechococcus elongatus.
- Author(s): Golden, Susan S
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6759224/
This perspective provides a historical account of the isolation and nomenclature of the cyanobacterial strains currently known as Synechococcus elongatus. The story focuses on an isolate from the San Francisco Bay area of California (Pasteur Culture Collection PCC 7942) that has, for decades, been the genetic model for this species, and its close relative isolated from Waller Creek in Texas (PCC 6301, also known as the University of Texas at Austin Culture Collection of Algae UTEX 625). Until recently, these strains have been the only representatives of the species. A new wild isolate, UTEX 3055, is distinctly different from the prior reference strains. S. elongatus strains have been widely used by labs around the world to discover fundamental cellular processes and to engineer cyanobacteria to generate useful products. The review clarifies relationships among strains that carry different names, and explains how names that appear in the literature have changed over the years.