Brown Algae


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brown algae these are the macho algae and that is because they generally are very big now it’s interesting on that tree of life it’s quite clear they are not closely related to the plants so they are not plants in a strict sense however it is fascinating the giant Celts have evolved anatomy that is in a sense identical to that inland plants including trees so they’re very plant like even if they’re not plants but only 2200 species and almost all of them are marine anybody who finds freshwater brown algae is almost instantly famous because they’re so rare there are some small brown algae including the rare freshwater one but most of them are large macroscopic things you see the seaweeds along the shore and of course the giant Celts alginic acid is the compound in the walls of many of the kelps including macrocystis that has been the basis of industrial use for along long time the whole industry was a nice story for San Diego and as soon as I moved here calcio I believe closed down its kelp processing operations and has gone to Scotland but nevertheless the whole story of the ecology of the kelp beds and the industry is a fascinating topic and a whole separate lecture this is just a rogues gallery because many of you are familiar with these brown seaweeds along the shores various species of few Kassar found almost everywhere these little receptacles filled with a jelly-like substance some children like to squeeze and pop them at least on the East Coast some people like to eat them almost like salty jelly beans for those of you who do either thing I will let you know that these are basically the sexualreproductive structure holding parts ofthe plant so you are eating all the sexorgans of the alga so to speak but if that doesn’t bother you then fine plus del T of most people on the west coast are clearly familiar with at least seeing this magnificent organism the ecology of which is fascinating given the habitats in which it grows finally macrocystis the kelp forest alga no need to say much there Sargassum the algathat myth and stories is based are based on occurring in masses in the open ocean as you see in the map above and the picture below so these are some of the sort of macho brown algae

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