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[APD] Re: Algae spores


True enough about the algae in question.  After I sent the message I was wondering if I should have bothered since your post was directed towards green algae and what I was responding to was almost everything but green algae!

As for red algae, I don't think it is any more of a mix of plants and bacteria than green algae and land plants are.  I assume you are refering to their chloroplasts being derived from a symbiosis of the algae and cyanobacteria.  But that theory holds for green plants too (and even brown algae).  Actually just about every Eukaryote, including us, has that sort of mix since mitochondria are also believed to be derived from bacteria that struck up a symbiotic relationship with its host.  If you are thinking of some other feature of red algae please let me know because I am forgetting it or ignorant of it.

Yes, there is a limit to how dry spanish moss can get, but not many things can get as dry as them (internally I mean, cacti don't count!) and still spring back to life.  The cellular physiology of plants like resurrection fern and a Selaginella that does the same thing are pretty fascinating actually, but I digress.  Bacteria are the all time champions though (surviving outside in outer space and coming back to life after 300 million years in amber is hard to beat!).


>If I could find my college non-vascular plants test I could probbaly rattle off
>the alga that make spores and ones that don't.

>I refer to red algae (staghorn, hell, bba) as bacteria because they're
>a sort of werid genetic mixup of bacteria and plants. 

>My spanish moss never came back after being dried out, neither did any
>of my other Bromeliads :-)

>I havnt't been able to successfully un-dessicate green thread or staghorn
>algae once it's dried. Perhaps it needs to undego some stimulus to make them
>produce spores but the algal mass itself seems to be killed by drying.

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