Members of the Phycology Section of the German Society for Plant Sciences who conduct research on algae nominate the seaweed Laminaria as ‘Alga of the year’: the kelp Laminaria can reach lengths of several metres. It forms, together with other macroalgal species, large underwater forests in the sea (so-called ‘kelp forests’). Kelps contain alginic acid which has several applications as stabilising agents in many food and cosmetic products. In contrast to other plants, kelps grow mainly in winter when sunlight is sparse. Algae take up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and are the most important oxygen producers of the world.
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Prof. Dr. Christian Wiencke
Sektion Makroalgen-Biologie, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten
Institut für Biowissenschaften, Angewandte Ökologie, Universität Rostock
Members of the Phycology Section (Algology) (www.dbg-phykologie.de/en.html) conduct research on algae and investigate, amongst others, taxonomical, ecological, physiological and molecular topics on macro- and microalgae. The Section promotes algal research and supports young scientists. The Section is one of five subject-specific Sections of the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG, www.deutsche-botanische-gesellschaft.de/en.html).
Text: Dr. Esther Schwarz-Weig: www.Sci-Stories.com
Translation: Dr. Dagmar Stengel: National University of Ireland, Galway