Genes & Genomics

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Genomics of brown algae: current advances and future prospects

  • J. Mark Cock
  • Alok Arun
  • Olivier Godfroy
  • Nicolas Macaisne
  • Martina Strittmatter
  • Akira F. Peters
  • Susana M. Coelho
Review

Abstract

The analysis of the complete genome sequence of the filamentous brown alga Ectocarpus provided many new insights into brown algal biology and has improved our understanding of how this organism has adapted to its seashore environment. Since the publication of the genome sequence in 2010, numerous studies have continued the analysis of the constituent genes or have combined genome data with experimental work, allowing progress in several key areas, including metabolism and reproductive biology. Ectocarpus will continue to be exploited as a model organism in future years, but genomic approaches should also be extended to additional brown algal species in order to fully exploit the diversity of this phylogenetic group and to facilitate the application of new knowledge to economically important seaweeds such as kelps.

Keywords

brown algae Ectocarpus siliculosus genome sequence biotechnology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Mark Cock
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alok Arun
    • 1
    • 2
  • Olivier Godfroy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nicolas Macaisne
    • 1
    • 2
  • Martina Strittmatter
    • 1
    • 2
  • Akira F. Peters
    • 3
  • Susana M. Coelho
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Station Biologique de RoscoffUPMC Univ. Paris 06, The Marine Plants and Biomolecules Laboratory, UMR 7139Roscoff CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire International Associé Dispersal and Adaptation in Marine Species, Station Biologique de RoscoffCNRS, UMR 7139Roscoff CedexFrance
  3. 3.Bezhin RoskoSantecFrance

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