Allelopathic activity of the Baltic picocyanobacterium Synechocystis sp.


  • Sylwia Śliwińska-Wilczewska Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdansk, Av. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland
  • Arkadiusz Knitter Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdansk, Av. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland
  • Daria Cisło Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdansk, Av. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland
  • Adam Latała Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdansk, Av. Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland



allelopathy, picocyanobacteria, Synechocystis sp., growth, mixed culture, monoculture


Allelopathic compounds produced by picocyanobacteria could affect the growth and development of biological systems. The main aim of this study was to investigate the influence of unknown allelochemicals obtained from picocyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. BA-153 in monocultures and in mixed cultures. In this study, we demonstrated that Synechocystis sp. BA-153 caused allelopathic effects against other strains of picocyanobacteria. It was found that Synechocystis sp. BA-121 was strongly inhibited by Synechocystis sp. BA-153 in both the mixed culture and cell-free filtrates. On the other hand, the addition of live picocyanobacterial culture of Synechocystis sp. BA-153 stimulated the growth of Synechocystis sp. BA-122. These results showed the allelopathic activity of Synechocystis sp. BA-153, which can cause either the inhibition or stimulation of growth of selected picoplanktonic cyanobacteria.


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How to Cite

Śliwińska-Wilczewska, S., Knitter, A., Cisło , D., & Latała, A. (2017). Allelopathic activity of the Baltic picocyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis Studia Naturae, 2(1), 124–134.



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