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Molecular tools for the macroalgae

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The macroalgae, or seaweeds, determine the productivity and biodiversity of coastal ecosystems. They are also of great evolutionary interest as they have evolved complex multicellularity independently of many other eukaryotic lineages (e.g. plants, animals, fungi) and have adapted to survive in variable intertidal regions. Molecular techniques with which to investigate their biology are, however, few and far between. Using case studies drawn from the past decade of macroalgal genomic work – particularly patterns of protein kinase loss and gain and the evolution of sex determining regions in brown algae – I will discuss how genomic and Next Gen studies – especially in the brown Ectocarpus and red Chondrus – are beginning to shed new light on the seaweeds.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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