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Introduction to the Science of Algae

Introduction to the Science of Algae



Tutor: Matt Davey
Date: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Time: 10am - 1pm
Cost: £35

Hidden diversity at the garden - what are algae?

Pond scum, gunk, green slime in your fish tank...algae usually get a bad press as a nuisance species but many ecosystems would not be able to function without them. The diversity of algae is huge, not only taxonomically but in terms of size (from microns to giant kelp forests) and geographic distribution (hot deserts to cold Antarctic).

This session will begin with an introductory lecture on general algae taxonomy (freshwater and marine microalgae, macroalgae - seaweeds, identification, distribution and physiology) followed by hands-on microscope work to look at the morphology and structure of some of the key groups of British and non-native algae that are commonly used in research. We will then complete the session with a visit to the gardens Algal Innovation Centre where we will look at the equipment (bioreactors) required to grow such algae in the UK and discuss how we research algae at the University to for possible industrial uses.


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