Indications of species status from total protein signatures in Callithamnion (Ceramiaceae)
Taxonomic problems with Callithamnion spp. of wave-exposed shores in both Europe (principally) and elsewhere in the distribution ranges are well known, but remain only partially understood and solved (see Price (1978), Dixon & Price (1981) for background). Solutions sought through electrophoretic banding patterns at both ‘total protein’ and isozyme levels, by means of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and isoelectric focusing (IEF) approaches, will bear on both these taxonomic problems with the exposed-shore species and the clearly felt need to split the currently unsatisfactory genus Callithamnion Lyngbye.
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