The History of Red Algae

 Seagriculture EU 2024

Imagine that you are living in the world as it existed around one billion years ago, and you are the ancestor of a red algae. Inside of you lies the DNA that you have acquired from your ancestors. It contains the instructions for everything from the walls of your cellular body to the components of your organelles.

The history of red algae can be told in part through what they have gained, lost, and given away over billions of years. A long, long, long time ago, a eukaryote consumed a cyanobacterium, only to convert it into a photosynthetic organelle called a plastid…

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