Comparison has already been made between Chloroidium and other sequenced green algae, revealing the singular nature of the robust and flexible biology utilized by a green alga
to successfully inhabit the harsh environment of the UAE's desert coastline and identifying it as a lucrative subject for further study.
In 2007, an international team of biologists looked at all the genes of a simple green alga
called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, or Chlamy for short.
China's lakes and coastal regions have suffered a number of high-profile algal blooms in recent years, most notably in the run-up to the Olympic Games last summer, when 10,000 people were mobilised to clear up a green alga
that had spread over an estimated 13,000 square kilometres, a third of which was slated to be used for the Olympic sailing competition.