Early development of grateloupia turuturu (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta)

Wang, Gaoge, Jiang, Chunmei, Wang, Shasha, Wei, Xiaojiao and Zhao, Fengjuan (2012) Early development of grateloupia turuturu (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta) Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 30 (2). pp. 264-268. DOI 10.1007/s00343-012-1071-5.

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Abstract

Grateloupia turuturu is a commercial red alga with potential value in nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. To supplement information on its life history and verify whether carpospores can be used for seedling culture, early development of G. turuturu was investigated under culture conditions (27°C, 10–13 μol/(m2·s) in irradiance, photoperiod 10:14 h L:D). Three physiological stages were recognized by continuous microscopic observation: division stage, discoid crust stage, and juvenile seedling stage. At the beginning of the division stage, the carpospores developed germ tubes into which the carpospore protoplasm was evacuated, and then the carpospore protoplasm in the germ tubes began to divide continuously until discoid crusts formed. Finally, upright thalli appeared on the discoid crusts and developed into juvenile seedlings. It took about 60 days for carpospores to develop into juvenile seedlings. The growth parameters, including germination rate for carpospores and discoid crust diameter, were recorded. These results contribute more information on the life cycle, and at the same time are of great significance in the scaling-up of artificial seedling cultures of G. turuturu.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Grateloupia turuturu; early development; carpospores
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-B Experimental Ecology - Benthic Ecology
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1007/s00343-012-1071-5
ISSN: 0254-4059
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2013 07:57
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 10:45
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/21164

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