Journal of Plant Research

, Volume 113, Issue 4, pp 403-413

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Variability in the rbcL Introns of Caulerpalean Algae (Chlorophyta, Ulvophyceae)

  • Takeaki HanyudaAffiliated withDivision of Life Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa, 920–1192 Japan
  • , Shogo AraiAffiliated withMarine Algae Research Co., Ltd., Shingu, Fukuoka, 811–0114 Japan
  • , Kunihiko UedaAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, Faculty of Science, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa, 920–1192 Japan

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gene have been reported to date. Four new cases from Caulerpales, Ulvophyceae are described here. In the genus Caulerpa, the presence of an intron was unstable even in the infraspecific taxa. Based on comprehensive comparisons of the inserted positions, lengths of introns and so on, the presence of at least three kinds of introns, which probably have independent origins, was suggested in Caulerpales.

Keywords: Caulerpales, Intron, rbcL, Ulvophyceae