RESOURCES: Algal Bloom

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Science  17 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5571, pp. 1207
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5571.1207b

Some kinds can grow nearly as tall as redwoods and others show up in everything from ice cream to inks. Find out more about the 10,000 species of kelps, wracks, and seaweeds—as well as other kinds of algae—at this site created by Michael Guiry of the National University of Ireland in Galway. The heart of the site is AlgaeBase, a taxonomic database that provides geographic distributions, type localities, synonyms, and illustrations for more than 18,000 kinds of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial algae (Fucus serratus from the west coast of Ireland). And if that only whets your appetite, tuck into the bibliography or sample the primers on algal biology and the uses of seaweed, which range from sushi wrappings to bone replacement therapy.

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