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Helgoland Marine Research

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Advances in marine phycology on the basis of cultivation

  • P. Kornmann1
Helgoländer wissenschaftliche Meeresuntersuchungen20:BF01609886


1. Cultivation of marine algae under laboratory conditions represents an indispensable prerequisite in many fields of modern phycology. Primarily used for the elucidation of complete life histories, cultivation has proved useful for studies on growth and cell-division.

2. Algal genera of simple morphological structure often lack definite characteristics for species distinction. Culture experiments provide us with additional information which may serve as a basis for modern taxonomical research.

3. Additional knowledge obtained in culture research is likely to result in a better understanding of phylogenetic relationships.

4. The paper provides pertinent examples for each of the statements made under points 1 to 3 which are, to a great extent, based on the author's own work.


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