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The unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae has been used as a model photosynthetic eukaryote for various basic and applied studies, and several of these molecular genetics techniques have been reported. However, there are still improvements to be made concerning the plating method. The conventional plating method often generates diffuse colonies and single colonies cannot be easily isolated. To overcome these problems, we established a novel plating method for C. merolae, making use of melted cornstarch as the use of top agar plating in bacterial genetics. This method improved the formation of defined colonies in at least 4-fold higher efficiency than the conventional method, and made the handling procedure much easier than the previous method.



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