Biology of Polar Benthic Algae

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Christian Wiencke
Walter de Gruyter, Dec 31, 2010 - Science - 337 pages
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This work synthesizes the current state of knowledge on the biology of polar benthic marine algae and presents an outlook on their responses to changing environmental conditions in polar regions. Topics treated include environment, biodiversity and biogeography of micro- and macroalgae, including an update of the knowledge of the red algal flora of Antarctica. It treats the chemical ecology as well as the primary production and ecophysiology of polar benthic algae with new information on the important contribution of benthic microalgae to the productivity in costal areas.

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Contents

1 Introduction Biology of polar benthic algae
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2 The abiotic environment of polar marine benthic algae
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3 Biodiversity biogeography and zonation of marine benthic micro and macroalgae in the Arctic and Antarctic
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4 Notes on the systematics and biogeographical relationships of Antarctic and subAntarctic Rhodophyta with descriptions of four new genera and fiv...
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5 Defenses of polar macroalgae against herbivores and biofoulers
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6 Field studies on deterrent properties of phlorotannins in Antarctic brown algae
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applied methods and status of the current database
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8 Microphytobenthic biomass along gradients of physical conditions in Arctic Kongsfjorden Svalbard
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10 Light and temperature demands of marine benthic microalgae and seaweeds in polar regions
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11 Freezing tolerance and photosynthetic performance of polar seaweeds at low temperatures
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12 Impact of oceanic warming on the distribution of seaweeds in polar and coldtemperate waters
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13 Physiological responses of polar benthic algae to ultraviolet radiation
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14 Drivers of colonization and succession in polar benthic macro and microalgal communities
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15 Conclusion and outlook Future perspectives on the investigation of polar benthic algae
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Backmatter
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9 Phenology and seasonal physiological performance of polar seaweeds
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Christian Wiencke, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany.

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