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Colloquium in Freshwater Sciences
December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Filipe Alberto, PhD (Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) presents “Using genetics to unravel the ecology and economic potential of the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera“.
The giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera is a fast-growing brown algae of economic interest that forms luxurious submerged forests in many parts of the world. Following decades of exciting giant kelp ecological research in California, in the last ten years, population genetics analysis has tackled giant kelp life history secrets. Genetic analysis extended our knowledge in many areas from gene-flow and meta-population dynamics; biogeography; mating system and inbreeding depression to inter-individual heterogeneity and clonality. In this presentation, I will synthesize our findings in the aforementioned areas and discuss how this background knowledge contributed to the first genomic selection program targeting this important kelp.