A simple novel agar diffusion method for isolation of indigenous microalgae Chlamydomonas sp. CRP7 and Chlorella sp. CB4 from operational swampy top soil
A simple agar diffusion method is developed where pure colony of Chlamydomonas sp. CRP7 was isolated from Chlorella sp. CB4 mixtures by passing through agar migration with a light exposure of 6,000 lux for 7 h. The main concept behind it is that Chlamydomonas has flagella and the rhodopsin pigment is attracted towards light. Thus the above two microalgae species can be separated from the mixtures as eye spot serves as a navigator and flagella serves as a propeller for Chlamydomonas spp. Further the genomic DNA was isolated and purified from the above mentioned two species after the separation from the mixtures. PCR amplification was carried out for ITS1, 5.8S and ITS2 regions. The amplified products were sequenced and the sequence analysis confirmed that they belong to Chlamydomonas sp. and Chlorella sp. This is an important augmentation for isolation and separation of microalgae.