Algae Archive

Algal Cell walls

In general, algal cell walls are made up of two components: (1) the fibrillar component, which forms the skeleton of the wall, and (2) the amorphous component, which forms a matrix within which the fibrillar component is embedded. The most …

Algae: Flagellation

The flagella of the green alga Chlamydomonas have been used as a model of flagellar structure. Flagella structure has been highly conserved throughout evolution, images from Chlamydomonas are virtually indistinguishable from flagella (or cilia – a term for a short …

Algae: Cell Structure

There are two basic types of cells in the algae, prokaryotic and eukaryotic. Prokaryotic cells lack membrane-bounded organelles (plastids, mitochondria, nuclei, Golgi bodies, and flagella) and occur in the cyanobacteria. The remainder of the algae are eukaryotic and have organelles. A …

Phycology

Phycology or algology is the study of the algae. The word phycology is derived from the Greek word phykos, which means “seaweed.” The term algology, described in Webster’s dictionary as the study of the algae, has fallen out of favor …