Carbon content

Range ~53 fg/cell
Organism Cyanobacteria Prochlorococcus spp.
Reference Zinser ER et al., Choreography of the transcriptome, photophysiology, and cell cycle of a minimal photoautotroph, prochlorococcus. PLoS One. 2009 4(4):e5135. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005135. p.5 left column bottom paragraphPubMed ID19352512
Primary Source [38] Campbell L, Nolla HA, Vaulot D (1994) The importance of Prochlorococcus to community structure in the central North Pacific Ocean. Limnol Oceanogr 39: 954–961. DOI: 10.4319/lo.1994.39.4.0954 link
Comments P.5 left column bottom paragraph: "Prochlorococcus has an average cellular carbon content of ~53 fg/cell [primary source], thus this would be the net carbon fixation needed in a day for a cell to double. Since these cultures are doubling once per day, one can conclude from this that the cell respires and/or excretes roughly a third of the carbon it fixes through photosynthesis."
Entered by Uri M
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