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- U. linza is a green macroalga (seaweed) that is widely used as a model organism in marine biofouling studies. Reproduction is facilitated by the release of motile, pear-shaped zoospores, 5-8 μm in length that are surrounded by a lipoprotein plasma membrane, ie there is no polysaccharide cell wall. Spores have a negative zeta potential, are negatively phototactic and also respond to a number of surface cues eg wettability, charge and topography. Settlement involves rapid secretion of a glycoprotein adhesive and permanent attachment to the substratum, retraction of the four flagella resulting in loss of motility, and the formation of a polysaccharide-rich cell wall. Permanently attached zoospores are rounded and typically 4-5 μm in diameter. Settlement (ie permanent attachment) is followed by germination of the attached spore, cell division and eventually the formation of a new adult plant  .
- Common Name: Green alga
- NCBI Taxonomy
Different Experimental Conditions
|Gene Symbol||Gene Name||Application Scope||Accession Number||Primers (5'-3')
|Size [bp]||Tm [℃]||Detection|
- Name: Meitao Dong
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Institution: Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109, China
Cited by 19 (Based on Google Scholar [2017-06-16])
- Dong M, Zhang X, Chi X, et al. The validity of a reference gene is highly dependent on the experimental conditions in green alga Ulva linza[J]. Current genetics, 2012, 58(1): 13-20.
- Heydt M, Div車s P, Grunze M, Rosenhahn A. 2009. Analysis of holographic microscopy data to quantitatively investigate three-dimensional settlement dynamics of algal zoospores in the vicinity of surfaces. Eur Phys J E. 30:141-148.