Time it takes a cell deprived of light and food to digest all its green endosymbionts

Range ≤2 months
Organism Ciliate Paramecium bursaria
Reference Esteban GF, Fenchel T, Finlay BJ. Mixotrophy in ciliates. Protist. 2010 Dec161(5):621-41. doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2010.08.002 p.629 left column top paragraphPubMed ID20970377
Primary Source K. Iwatsuki, Y. Naitoh Behavioural responses to light in Paramecium bursaria in relation to its symbiotic green alga Chlorella J exp Biol, 134 (1988), pp. 43-60 AND Karakashian MW, Karakashian SJ. Intracellular digestion and symbiosis in Paramecium bursaria. Exp Cell Res. 1973 Sep81(1):111-9.PubMed ID4127948
Comments P.629 left column top paragraph: "If deprived of light and food for a prolonged period of time, P. bursaria digests all its green endosymbionts, and it appears colourless. This process can take up to two months (primary sources)."
Entered by Uri M
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