Population Genetics of Microalgae
from: Microbial Population Genetics (Edited by: Jianping Xu). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2010)
Algae are a highly diverse group of protists, ranging from simple, unicellular organisms to complex, multicellular entities with a range of differentiated tissues and distinct organs. They are found among diverse aquatic ecosystems and play important roles by supplying carbon and energy as well as providing habitat to other members of the biological communities. Some algae cause significant environmental and health problems. However, despite their importance, relatively little is known about this group of organisms. The first section of this chapter briefly summarizes our current understanding of the diversity and evolution of the algae. The second section reviews the molecular markers used to address algal population genetic issues. The third section summarizes the population genetic analyses of three algal groups: the dinoflagellates, the diatoms and the haptophytes. With the application of genomics information and technology, the field of algal population genetics is approaching an exciting period of development and expansion read more ...