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Advancing the science of algal taxonomy

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The science of algal taxonomy has come a long way, and represents a vast body of work that has accumulated over the past two and a half centuries. Advances in algal taxonomy have often been accompanied by technological or analytical progress, including improved light and electron microscopy, culture techniques, and digital access to collections. Unquestionably, the main revolution in recent decades has come with the application of DNA sequence analysis. The use of molecular data has allowed phycologists to erect more realistic taxon boundaries and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of new species. These data have profoundly reshaped our understanding of algal diversity and distribution and underlines the difficulties in accurately assessing algal species boundaries using morphological features alone.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Phycology
Volume57
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)412-415
Number of pages4
ISSN0022-3646
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Publication statusPublished - 2021

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