Stoneworts belonging to the genus Chara are algae of the year 2012. They were selected by algal researchers of the Phycology Section of the German Botanical Society because members of this genus represent so many different algal life strategies. According to algal expert Dr Irmgard Blindow from the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, some Chara species are able to conquer new aquatic habitats as ‘pioneers’ whilst others exhibit very specific growth requirements, and once having colonised an area, can shape an ecosystem. The decision to declare Chara ‘Alga of the year’ acknowledges the importance of this group of algae which comprises 20 native species included in the Red List of threatened species.
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PD Dr. Irmgard Blindow
The expert for Chara is head of the Biologische Station, University of Greifswald, on the isle of Hiddensee
Phone.: ++49 (0) 38300 - 50251
HD Dr. Burkhard Becker
The Secretary of the Phycology Section researches the evolution of land plants at the University of Cologne, Germany
Phone: ++49 (0)221-4707022
Members of the Phycology Section (Algology) (www.dbg-phykologie.de/en.html) conduct research on algae and investigate, amongst others, taxonomical, ecological, physiological and molecular topics on macro- and microalgae. The Section promotes algal research and supports young scientists. The Section is one of five subject-specific Sections of the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG, www.deutsche-botanische-gesellschaft.de/en.html).
Text: Dr. Esther Schwarz-Weig: www.Sci-Stories.com
Translation: Dr. Dagmar Stengel: National University of Ireland, Galway, and Dr. Inka Bartsch, Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Bremerhaven