Volvox 2015: hunting the wild Volvox

We spent Wednesday afternoon sampling some ponds around Cambridge, looking for Volvox and related algae. Dr. Hisayoshi Nozaki, whose lab has described a substantial proportion of the known species, led the effort, but somehow we failed to locate our quarry.


Thomas Pröschold checking an algae-filled pond.


Shota Yamashita trolling with a plankton net.


Stephanie Höhn taking a sample.


Field microscope…need to get one of those!

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  1. says

    It would be better to look for Volvox in temporary pools, which exist more than 10–12 days (especially those surrounded by green grass).

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