The molecular basis of algal defense.

Weinberger, Florian (2008) The molecular basis of algal defense. Open Access IFM-GEOMAR Annual Report, 2007 . pp. 35-36.

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Abstract

As a measure against the adaptive potential of enemies and for reduction of metabolic costs, defense in multicellular organisms is often regulated. The regulation usually involves
molecular perception of enemy presence or activity, followed by activation or induction – either local or systemic - of defense-related proteins. Animals and vascular plants are known since more than a century to defend themselves
facultatively against pathogens and grazers. Macroalgal defense, in contrast, has until recently mainly been regarded as “constitutive” in the sense of “permanent” or “unregulated”. Indeed, many macroalgae appear to be chemically defended at constantly high levels and this is possibly one of the reasons why the first evidence of enemy-aroused resistance in a macroalga was only detected a few years ago.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Algen, algae, molekulare Basis, molecular basis, Abwehr, defense
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-B Experimental Ecology - Benthic Ecology
Refereed: No
Open Access Journal?: Yes
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 06:11
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2018 12:06
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/15477

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