Marine Algae - Seaweeds - A talk on why they are such amazing colours
Structural colour is found in red, green and brown seaweeds, yet the phenomenon is largely unexplored and the origin is unknown. The functional purpose of structural colour is also largely unknown but we have hypothesised that it is a photoprotective mechanism to mitigate the harmful effects of uv radiation. Production of colour in the seaweeds includes multi-layered structures (reds), iridescent bodies (reds and browns) and microfibril arrays (greens and land plants) which raises evolutionary questions for these photosynthetic organisms across the tree of life.
However, in the red algae, present day species are only found in a subclass that split approximately 580-442 million years ago, coinciding with the Cambrian explosion (c. 530-520 million years ago) when a wide range of marine invertebrates were found. I will present an overview of our work, including anatomical and optical studies, reviewing phylogenetic signals, distribution and depth data, microbiomes, and how we plan to proceed as part of BEEP: Bio-inspired and bionic materials for enhanced photosynthesis, including the potential for new material. Prof. Juliet Brodie, Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum Please book via our website: https://www.slbi.org.uk/event/brilliant-and-intense-structural-colour-in-marine-algae/ and scroll to the bottom of the page
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