He finds it plausible that the alga
depends on fish farmers on the reefs that Hata and Kato examined, but he cautions that in other regions, the brown-carpet species might survive independently.
They grow starter kits of a chunk of fungus paired with its alga
, and these so-called soriedia break off to catch a ride on a creature or a breeze to a new frontier.
The move makes importation or interstate transport of the rogue alga
A red snow alga
, for example, develops 12 carotenoid pigments.
A new study establishes for the first time that fish that dine on a particular plantlike floating diatom, an alga
, can become a dietary time bomb for mammals higher up the food chain.
Southwest Florida was in the throes of a red tide--in this case, a misnomer because the alga
causing it, Karenia brevis, turns water yellow-green.