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* Corresponding author 1 Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry 2 LBI2M - Laboratoire de Biologie Intégrative des Modèles Marins 3 School of Biological Sciences 4 School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Durham Energy Institute 5 Phycology Research Group and Center for Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 6 School of Biosciences

Abstract : Green macroalgae, mostly represented by the Ulvophyceae, the main multicellular branch of the Chlorophyceae, constitute important primary producers of marine and brackish coastal ecosystems. Ulva or sea lettuce species are some of the most abundant representatives, being ubiquitous in coastal benthic communities around the world. Nonetheless the genus also remains largely understudied. This review highlights Ulva as an exciting novel model organism for studies of algal growth, development and morphogenesis as well as mutualistic interactions. The key reasons that Ulva is potentially such a good model system are: i patterns of Ulva development can drive ecologically important events, such as the increasing number of green tides observed worldwide as a result of eutrophication of coastal waters, ii Ulva growth is symbiotic, with proper development requiring close association with bacterial epiphytes, iii Ulva is extremely developmentally plastic, which can shed light on the transition from simple to complex multicellularity and iv Ulva will provide additional information about the evolution of the green lineage.

Keywords : algal genetics chlorophyta green tides holobiont multicellular organism model organism

Autor: Thomas Wichard - Bénédicte Charrier - Frédéric Mineur - John H. Bothwell - Olivier De Clerck - Juliet C. Coates -



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