Using in situ substratum sterilization and fluorescence microscopy in studies of microscopic stages of marine macroalgae
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The methods currently used for examining the relative contribution of microscopic stages to the persistence of natural populations of marine macroalgae can be inappropriate for use in subtidal habitats. Also, because of their microscopic size, direct examination and obtaining an estimate of recruitment, growth and mortality of these stages in the field is difficult. A method of removing microscopic algal stages from natural rock surfaces using watertight tents and water-soluble chemicals is presented. Also discussed is the use of a previously described method of fluorescent labelling these microscopic stages that, when examined under UV light, allows for their precise identification and growth to be determined. Together, these methods can be effective in examimng the ecology of algal microscopic stages in the field.
Key wordsfluorescence microscopy microscopic stages recruitment seed banks sterilize
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