green alga


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green alga

n.
Any of numerous mostly freshwater algae, such as spirogyra and sea lettuce, that usually have chlorophyll unmasked by other pigments. The green algae traditionally comprised the division Chlorophyta but are now thought to consist of more than one evolutionary lineage.
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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.