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Chondrus crispus - A present and historical model organism for red seaweeds

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  • Jonas Collén
  • M. Lynn Cornish
  • James Craigie
  • Elizabeth Ficko-Blean
  • Cécile Hervé
  • Stacy A. Krueger-Hadfield
  • Catherine Leblanc
  • Gurvan Michel
  • Philippe Potin
  • Thierry Tonon
  • Catherine Boyen


Publication details

JournalAdvances in Botanical Research
DatePublished - 2014
Number of pages37
Pages (from-to)53-89
Original languageEnglish


Chondrus crispus, or Irish moss, is a common edible red seaweed that can be found on rocky shores in the Northern Atlantic. The cell wall contains carrageenan and C. crispus is the original source of this commercially used thickener. Because of the ecological and economic importance of this red alga a relatively important research literature exists and one of the recent achievements in C. crispus research is the sequencing of its genome. In this chapter we review some of the literature with the aim to promote C. crispus as a model organism for florideophyte red seaweeds. We consider subjects like commercial and historical uses, ecology, genetics, population structure, mating systems, physiology, cell wall biology and genomics.

    Research areas

  • Carrageenan, Cell wall, Chondrus crispus, Genome, Irish moss, Mating system, Population structure, Rhodophyta

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