Algae

John A. Raven (Lead / Corresponding author), Mario Giordano (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Algae frequently get a bad press. Pond slime is a problem in garden pools, algal blooms can produce toxins that incapacitate or kill animals and humans and even the term seaweed is pejorative - a weed being a plant growing in what humans consider to be the wrong place. Positive aspects of algae are generally less newsworthy - they are the basis of marine food webs, supporting fisheries and charismatic marine megafauna from albatrosses to whales, as well as consuming carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Here we consider what algae are, their diversity in terms of evolutionary origin, size, shape and life cycles, and their role in the natural environment and in human affairs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)R590-R595
    Number of pages6
    JournalCurrent Biology
    Volume24
    Issue number13
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2014

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    Raven, J. A., & Giordano, M. (2014). Algae. Current Biology, 24(13), R590-R595. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.05.039
    Raven, John A. ; Giordano, Mario. / Algae. In: Current Biology. 2014 ; Vol. 24, No. 13. pp. R590-R595.
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    Raven JA, Giordano M. Algae. Current Biology. 2014 Jul 7;24(13):R590-R595. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.05.039