The Algae World

  • Dinabandhu Sahoo
  • Joseph Seckbach

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Biology of Algae

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Pooja Baweja
      Pages 3-29
    3. Pooja Baweja, Dinabandhu Sahoo
      Pages 31-55
    4. Sunaina Zutshi, Tasneem Fatma
      Pages 57-89
    5. Mani Arora, Dinabandhu Sahoo
      Pages 91-120
    6. Mani Arora, Dinabandhu Sahoo
      Pages 121-175
    7. Priyanka Verma, Alok Arun, Dinabandhu Sahoo
      Pages 177-204
    8. Arunjit Mayanglambam, Dinabandhu Sahoo
      Pages 205-234
    9. Savindra Kumar, Pooja Baweja, Dinabandhu Sahoo
      Pages 235-258
    10. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Savindra Kumar
      Pages 259-305
    11. Joseph Seckbach
      Pages 307-315
  3. Applied Phycology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Michael Armin Borowitzka
      Pages 319-338
    3. Peimin He
      Pages 339-355
    4. Siew-Moi Phang, Wan-Loy Chu, Reza Rabiei
      Pages 357-389
    5. Gilles Bedoux, Nathalie Bourgougnon
      Pages 391-401
    6. Jeff T. Hafting, M. Lynn Cornish, Amy Deveau, Alan T. Critchley
      Pages 403-427
    7. Girish Mishra
      Pages 467-481
    8. Savindra Kumar, Dinabandhu Sahoo, Ira A. Levine
      Pages 483-500
    9. Mani Arora, Dinabandhu Sahoo
      Pages 519-553
    10. Salam Sonia Devi, Dinabandhu Sahoo
      Pages 555-579
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 581-598

About this book


Algae are an important group of organisms which are found in a wide range of habitats be it oceans, rivers, fresh water lakes, ponds or brackish water bodies, snow, barks of the trees, etc. Ranging from a small tiny cell to the Giant Kelp measuring up to several metres, this group of plants have some unique features which are not found in any other group of organisms. Algae have both Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic groups, large varieties of pigment systems, triphasic life cycle and a long evolutionary history. Algae have also changed the planet’s atmosphere by producing oxygen thus paving the way for evolution of life on earth. These tiny organisms not only give us oxygen to breathe, food to eat, medicines to heal and cosmetics to use but they also provide a lot of information about the origin of life. It has been predicted that not only vehicles will run on algal biofuels in the future but power plants will use algae for carbon dioxide sequestration. Despite its huge importance, algae remains a much neglected subject because of its stereotype boring class room table materials as “Pond Scum”. Globally, algae is already a multi-billion dollar industry employing large numbers of people in various industries and their value is set to increase in future. Therefore, the purpose of writing and editing this book is not to publish one more text book in the field of phycology but to give an alternative outlook and encouragement to our readers and students to understand, feel and unravel the beauty and use of this group of organisms in many different ways. The 22 chapters are divided into two different parts which have been authored by eminent researchers from across the world. The first part, Biology of Algae, contains 10 chapters dealing with the general characteristics, classification and description of different groups such as Blue Green Algae, Green Algae, Brown Algae, Red Algae, Diatoms, Xanthophyceae, Dinophyceae, etc. In addition, it has two important chapters covering Algae in Extreme Environments and Life Histories and Growth Forms in Green Algae. The second part, Applied Phycology, contains 12 chapters dealing with the more applied aspects ranging from Algal Biotechnology, Biofuel, Phycoremediation, Bioactive Compounds, Biofertilizer, Fatty Acids, Harmful Algal Blooms, Industrial Applications of Seaweeds, Nanotechnology, Phylogenomics and Algal culture Techniques, etc. This volume has been carefully written and edited with an interdisciplinary appeal and aims to bring all aspects of Algae together in one volume.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dinabandhu Sahoo
    • 1
  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 2
  1. 1.Marine Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of BotanyUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia
  2. 2.The Hebrew Univ JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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