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An akinete is a thick-walled dormant cell derived from the enlargement of a vegetative cell.[1] It serves as a survival structure. It is a resting cell of cyanobacteria and unicellular and filamentous green algae. [2] Under magnification, akinetes appear thick walled with granular-looking cytoplasms.


  1. Moore, R. et al. (1998) Botany. 2nd Ed. WCB/McGraw Hill. ISBN 0-697-28623
  2. Elfgren, I. K. (2003) Studies on the Life Cycles of Akinete Forming Cyanobacteria. Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology 856, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. ISBN 91-554-5665-0