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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434206/a-phylogeographic-investigation-of-the-kelp-genus-laminaria-laminariales-phaeophyceae-with-emphasis-on-the-south-atlantic-ocean
#1
Mark D Rothman, Lydiane Mattio, Robert J Anderson, John J Bolton
The genus Laminaria has a wide distribution range compared with other kelp genera because it is found in both the North and the South Atlantic, on both sides of the North Pacific, as well as in the Mediterranean. Hypotheses behind this biogeographical pattern have been discussed by several authors but have not yet been fully evaluated with time-calibrated phylogenies. Based on the analysis of four molecular markers (ITS2, rbcL, atp8 and trnWI), our goal was to reassess the Laminaria species diversity in South Africa, assess its relationship to the other species distributed in the South Atlantic and reconstruct the historical biogeography of the genus...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434205/molecular-systematics-reveals-increased-diversity-within-the-south-african-laurencia-complex-rhodomelaceae-rhodophyta
#2
Caitlynne Francis, John J Bolton, Lydiane Mattio, Tshifhiwa G Mandiwana-Neudani, Robert J Anderson
Previous publications list ten species in the Laurencia complex from South Africa with all ascribed to the genus Laurencia sensu stricto. However, the diversity of the complex in South Africa has not yet been reassessed following the numerous recent taxonomic changes. The present study investigated the phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of this group in South Africa using recent collections. Methods included a molecular phylogenetic analysis of plastid rbcL gene sequences (a total of 146; including eleven outgroup taxa) using Bayesian Inference, and the examination of morphological and anatomical characters, including the number of corps en cerise when present...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403525/cyanomargarita-gen-nov-nostocales-cyanobacteria-convergent-evolution-resulting-in-a-cryptic-genus
#3
Sergei Shalygin, Regina Shalygina, Jeffrey R Johansen, Nicole Pietrasiak, Esther Berrendero, Markéta Bohunická, Jan Mareš, Christopher A Sheil
Two populations of Rivularia-like cyanobacteria were isolated from ecologically distinct and biogeographically distant sites. One population was from an unpolluted stream in the Kola Peninsula of Russia, whereas the other was from a wet wall in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a desert park-land in Utah. Though both were virtually indistinguishable from Rivularia in field and cultured material, they were both phylogenetically distant from Rivularia and the Rivulariaceae based on both 16S rRNA and rbcLX phylogenies...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394444/development-of-a-molecular-based-index-for-assessing-iron-status-in-bloom-forming-pennate-diatoms
#4
Adrian Marchetti, Carly M Moreno, Natalie R Cohen, Irina Oleinikov, Kimberly deLong, Benjamin S Twining, Virginia E Armbrust, Robert H Lampe
Iron availability limits primary productivity in large areas of the world's oceans. Ascertaining the iron status of phytoplankton is essential for understanding the factors regulating their growth and ecology. We developed an incubation-independent, molecular-based approach to assess the iron nutritional status of specific members of the diatom community, initially focusing on the ecologically important pennate diatom Pseudo-nitzschia. Through a comparative transcriptomic approach, we identified two genes that track the iron status of Pseudo-nitzschia with high fidelity...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394430/phylogenetic-positioning-of-the-antarctic-alga-prasiola-crispa-trebouxiophyceae-using-organellar-genomes-and-their-structural-analysis
#5
Evelise Leis Carvalho, Gabriel Luz Wallau, Darlene Lopes Rangel, Laís Ceschini Machado, Antonio Batista Pereira, Filipe de Carvalho Victoria, Juliano Tomazzoni Boldo, Paulo Marcos Pinto
Antarctica is one of the most difficult habitats for sustaining life on earth; organisms that live there have developed different strategies for survival. Among these organisms is the green alga Prasiola crispa, belonging to the class Trebouxiophyceae. The literature on P. crispa taxonomy is scarce, and many gaps in the evolutionary relationship with its closest relatives remain. The goal of this study was to analyze the evolutionary relationships of P. crispa and other green algae using plastid and mitochondrial genomes...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394415/phylogenetic-position-of-the-coral-symbiont-ostreobium-ulvophyceae-inferred-from-chloroplast-genome-data
#6
Heroen Verbruggen, Vanessa R Marcelino, Michael D Guiry, M Chiela M Cremen, Christopher J Jackson
The green algal genus Ostreobium is an important symbiont of corals, playing roles in reef decalcification and providing photosynthates to the coral during bleaching events. A chloroplast genome of a cultured strain of Ostreobium was available, but low taxon sampling and Ostreobium's early-branching nature left doubt about its phylogenetic position. Here we generate and describe chloroplast genomes from four Ostreobium strains as well as Avrainvillea mazei and Neomeris sp., strategically sampled early-branching lineages in the Bryopsidales and Dasycladales, respectively...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378335/light-influences-cytokinin-biosynthesis-and-sensing-in-nostoc-cyanobacteria
#7
Jitka Frébortová, Ondřej Plíhal, Vendula Florová, Filip Kokáš, Karolina Kubiasová, Marta Greplová, Jan Šimura, Ondřej Novák, Ivo Frébort
Cytokinins are an important group of plant hormones that are also found in other organisms, including cyanobacteria. While various aspects of cytokinin function and metabolism are well understood in plants, the information is limited for cyanobacteria. In this study, we first experimentally confirmed a prenylation of tRNA by recombinant isopentenyl transferase NoIPT2 from Nostoc sp. PCC 7120, whose encoding gene we previously identified in Nostoc genome along with the gene for adenylate isopentenyl transferase NoIPT1...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369873/a-comparison-of-molecular-markers-and-morphology-for-neidium-taxa-bacillariophyta-from-eastern-north-america
#8
Keely E Lefebvre, Paul B Hamilton, Frances R Pick
Historically a morphological species concept has applied shape subjectively in the delimitation of diatom species. This has led to confusion between taxa within the benthic diatom genus Neidium. Samples from Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland (Canada) and New York, (USA) were examined for Neidium taxa under LM and SEM. Fourier shape analysis showed that shape as a taxonomic character was not able to discern all species. Isolated individuals from the samples were amplified and sequenced for three chloroplast molecular markers (rbcL, psbC, and psbA) and one nuclear ribosomal molecular marker (18S)...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328165/variation-in-growth-rate-carbon-assimilation-and-photosynthetic-efficiency-in-response-to-nitrogen-source-and-concentration-in-phytoplankton-isolated-from-upper-san-francisco-bay
#9
Gry Mine Berg, Sara Driscoll, Kendra Hayashi, Melissa Ross, Raphael Kudela
Six species of phytoplankton recently isolated from upper San Francisco Bay were tested for their sensitivity to growth inhibition by ammonium (NH4(+) ), and for differences in growth rates according to inorganic nitrogen (N) growth source. The quantum yield of photosystem II (Fv /Fm ) was a sensitive indicator of NH4(+) toxicity, manifested by a suppression of Fv /Fm in a dose-dependent manner. Two chlorophytes were the least sensitive to NH4(+) inhibition, at concentrations of >3000 μmoles NH4(+) · L(-1) , followed by two estuarine diatoms which were sensitive at concentrations >1000 μmoles NH4(+) · L(-1) , followed lastly by two freshwater diatoms that were sensitive at concentrations between 200-500 μmoles NH4(+) · L(-1) ...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328149/comparative-genomic-analyses-of-transport-proteins-encoded-within-the-red-algae-chondrus-crispus-galdieria-sulphuraria-and-cyanidioschyzon-merolae
#10
Justin Lee, Shounak Ghosh, Milton H Saier
Galdieria sulphuraria and Cyanidioschyzon merolae are thermo-acidophilic unicellular red algal cousins capable of living in volcanic environments, although the former can additionally thrive in the presence of toxic heavy metals. Bioinformatic analyses of transport systems were carried out on their genomes, as well as that of the mesophilic multicellular red alga Chondrus crispus (Irish moss). We identified transport proteins related to the metabolic capabilities, physiological properties, and environmental adaptations of these organisms...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321894/light-respiration-by-subtropical-seaweeds
#11
Matheus C Carvalho, Bradley D Eyre
Here, we report the first-ever measurements of light CO2 respiration rate (CRR) by seaweeds. We measured the influence of temperature (15-25°C) and light (irradiance from 60 to 670 μmol · m(-2)  · s(-1) ) on the light CCR of two subtropical seaweed species, and measured the CRR of seven different seaweed species under the same light (150 μmol · m(-2)  · s(-1) ) and temperature (25°C). There was little effect of irradiance on light CRR, but there was an effect of temperature. Across the seven species light CRR was similar to OCR (oxygen consumption rate in the dark), with the exception of a single species...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295358/early-devonian-410-mya-microfossils-resembling-characiopsis-tribophyceae-and-characium-chlorophyceae
#12
Michael Krings, Carla J Harper, Edith L Taylor, Hans Kerp
Unusual microfossils that occurred associated with fungal spores in the Lower Devonian (~410 mya) Windyfield chert from Scotland were composed of a narrow stipe (2.5-9 μm long) to which was attached an obovoid or elongate drop-shaped cell up to 14 μm long; a basal attachment pad was present in several specimens. The fossils were strikingly similar morphologically to certain present-day unicellular freshwater Tribophyceae and Chlorophyceae, but affinities to the fungal phylum Chytridiomycota also cannot be ruled out...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295311/molecular-phylogeny-and-taxonomic-revision-of-the-genus-wittrockiella-pithophoraceae-cladophorales-including-the-descriptions-of-w-australis-sp-nov-and-w-zosterae-sp-nov
#13
Christian Boedeker, Charles J O'Kelly, John A West, Takeaki Hanyuda, Adele Neale, Isamu Wakana, Mike D Wilcox, Ulf Karsten, Giuseppe C Zuccarello
Wittrockiella is a small genus of filamentous green algae that occurs in habitats with reduced or fluctuating salinities. Many aspects of the basic biology of these algae are still unknown and the phylogenetic relationships within the genus have not been fully explored. We provide a phylogeny based on three ribosomal markers (ITS, LSU and SSU rDNA) of the genus, including broad intraspecific sampling for W. lyallii and W. salina, recommendations for the use of existing names are made, and highlight aspects of their physiology and life cycle...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295310/a-rare-case-of-plastid-protein-coding-gene-duplication-in-the-chloroplast-genome-of-euglena-archaeoplastidiata-euglenophyta
#14
Matthew S Bennett, Shin-Han Shiu, Richard E Triemer
Gene duplication is an important evolutionary process that allows duplicate functions to diverge, or, in some cases, allows for new functional gains. However, in contrast to the nuclear genome, gene duplications within the chloroplast are extremely rare. Here, we present the chloroplast genome of the photosynthetic protist Euglena archaeoplastidiata. Upon annotation it was found that the chloroplast genome contained a novel tandem direct duplication which encoded a portion of RuBisCO large subunit (rbcL) followed by a complete copy of ribosomal protein L32 (rpl32) as well as the associated intergenic sequences...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273342/robust-dinoflagellata-phylogeny-inferred-from-public-transcriptome-databases
#15
Dana C Price, Debashish Bhattacharya
Dinoflagellates are dominant members of the plankton and play key roles in ocean ecosystems as primary producers, predators, parasites, coral photobionts, and causative agents of algal blooms that produce toxins harmful to humans and commercial fisheries. These unicellular protists exhibit remarkable trophic and morphological diversity and include species with some of the largest reported nuclear genomes. Despite their high ecological and economic importance, comprehensive genome (or transcriptome) based dinoflagellate trees of life are few in number...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267206/life-cycle-size-dynamics-in-didymosphenia-geminata-bacillariophyceae
#16
Ian W Bishop, Sarah A Spaulding
Didymosphenia geminata has received a great deal of attention in the last 25 years, and considerable effort has gone into determining the origin, ecologic impact, and economic consequences of its invasive behavior. While environmental conditions are a controlling influence in distribution, the extreme success of the species may be tied to its basic biology and life history. Little is known, however, about population dynamics, size restoration and reproduction of D. geminata. The objective of this study was to determine the temporal patterns in cell size frequency, size restoration strategy, and synchronization of life cycles between populations in close proximity...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258584/biomineralization-of-calcium-carbonate-in-the-cell-wall-of-lithothamnion-crispatum-hapalidiales-rhodophyta-correlation-between-the-organic-matrix-and-the-mineral-phase
#17
Rodrigo Tomazetto de Carvalho, Leonardo Tavares Salgado, Gilberto Menezes Amado Filho, Rachel Nunes Leal, Jacques Werckmann, André Linhares Rossi, Andrea Porto Carreiro Campos, Cláudia Santiago Karez, Marcos Farina
Over the past few decades, progress has been made toward understanding the mechanisms of coralline algae mineralization. However, the relationship between the mineral phase and the organic matrix in coralline algae has not yet been thoroughly examined. The aim of this study was to describe the cell wall ultrastructure of Lithothamnion crispatum, a cosmopolitan rhodolith-forming coralline algal species collected near Salvador (Brazil), and examine the relationship between the organic matrix and the nucleation and growth/shape modulation of calcium carbonate crystals...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208212/the-function-of-the-ocelloid-and-piston-in-the-dinoflagellate-erythropsidinium-gymnodiniales-dinophyceae
#18
Fernando Gómez
The marine dinoflagellate Erythropsidinium possesses an ocelloid, the most elaborate photoreceptor organelle known in a unicellular organism, and a piston, a fast contractile appendage unknown in any other organism. The ocelloid is able to rotate, often before the cell swims. The ocelloid contains lenses that function to concentrate light. The flagellar propulsion is atrophied, and the piston is responsible for locomotion through successive extensions and contractions. During the 'locomotion mode', the contraction is ~4 times faster than the extension...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207158/integration-of-chlorophyll-a-fluorescence-and-photorespirometry-techniques-to-understand-production-dynamics-in-macroaglal-communities
#19
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Leigh W Tait, Ian Hawes, David R Schiel
Global declines of macroalgal beds in coastal waters have prompted a plethora of studies attempting to understand the drivers of change within dynamic nearshore ecosystems. Photosynthetic measurements are good tools for assessing the consequences of numerous stressors of macroalgae, but there is somewhat of a disconnection between studies that focus on organism-specific ecophysiological responses and those that address causes and consequences of shifts in macroalgal productivity. Our goal is to highlight the applications of two complementary tools for measuring photosynthesis-variable chlorophyll a fluorescence and photorespirometry-and provide guidance for the integration of physiology and ecology to understand the drivers of change in macroalgal communities...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196276/pcr-fishing-for-red-endophytes-in-british-columbia-kallymeniaceae-gigartinales-florideophyceae-uncovers-the-species-rich-kallymenicola-gen-nov-palmariales-nemaliophycidae
#20
Joshua R Evans, Gary W Saunders
Unexpected contaminants uncovered during routine COI-5P DNA barcoding of British Columbia Kallymeniaceae indicated the presence of a novel lineage allied to the family Meiodiscaceae, Palmariales. Available rbcL data for species of this family were used to design specific primers to screen for the presence of the meiodiscacean species in 534 kallymeniacean specimens primarily from British Columbia, Canada. Ultimately, 43 positive PCR products representing six diverse genetic groups from nine host species were uncovered; three are described here in the new genus Kallymenicola gen...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Phycology
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