The Botany Department is leading and involved in a number of systematic projects on red algae with particular emphasis on large and poorly known groups.
One such group is the Bangiales. Ecologically and economically important, it includes:
We are using a combination of molecular, morphological and culture techniques for this work.
Current projects include:
The Botany Department’s algal-related research programme includes projects to map and record seaweed biodiversity in the North Atlantic and detailed studies of red algae.
Our diatom research covers both extinct and existing taxa. Among the projects are a number that focus on diatom biodiversity while others address formation of the unique cell wall.