What's in a name? The case of cyanobacteria

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Jonathan P. Zehr, Debashish Bhattacharya, Himadri B. Pakrasi

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A redefinition of the cyanobacterial lineage has been proposed based on phylogenomic analysis of distantly related nonphototrophic lineages. We define Cyanobacteria here as “Organisms in the domain bacteria able to carry out oxygenic photosynthesis with water as an electron donor and to reduce carbon dioxide as a source of carbon, or those secondarily evolved from such organisms.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Phycology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • Margulisbacteria
  • Melainabacteria
  • Saganbacteria
  • Sericytochromatia
  • blue–green algae
  • oxygenic photosynthesis
  • phylogenomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Plant Science


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