It’s All about Sex with Algae Research
by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Missouri, researchers from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center studied the earliest stages the evolution of male and female sexes in a group of freshwater photosynthetic protists called volvocine green algae, which could have implications for breeding algae for biofuel applications.
James Umen, Ph.D., a member of the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels and was part of the research team said in the press release, “This new study punches a hole in the idea that increased genetic complexity of sex chromosomes accompanied the origin of sexes. Moreover, the work also has practical implications since it expands our understanding of how to identify mating types and sexes in new species of algae that we might want to breed as crops for improved traits relating to biofuel or biotechnology applications.” READ MORE Abstract (Communications Biology)
STUDY SHEDS LIGHT ON THE GENETIC ORIGINS OF THE TWO SEXES (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)