Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Thomas Vogelmann

Secondary Mentor NetID

mstarrett

Secondary Mentor Name

Mark Starrett

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Program/Major

Ecological Agriculture

Primary Research Category

Biological Sciences

Secondary Research Category

Food & Environment Studies

Presentation Title

Can Devaleraea mollis chromatically adapt?

Time

1:20 PM

Location

Frank Livak Ballroom

Abstract

Diversity in phytochrome pigments enables algae to harvest light at different heights in the ocean column. This concept, called "chromatic adaption", has been untested on Devaleraea mollis, commonly referred to as "dulse", a red-seaweed popularly eaten on the West Coast. This study will test if Devaleraea mollis can chromatically adapt to red, green, or blue LED lights. If it is, both red and blue lights should induce higher chlorophyll-a, beta-carotene, and allophycocyanin concentrations, while green should induce higher phycoerythrin and phycocyanin. This study is applicable to seaweed farmers who aim to grow deep-red seaweeds high in phycoerythrin.

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Can Devaleraea mollis chromatically adapt?

Diversity in phytochrome pigments enables algae to harvest light at different heights in the ocean column. This concept, called "chromatic adaption", has been untested on Devaleraea mollis, commonly referred to as "dulse", a red-seaweed popularly eaten on the West Coast. This study will test if Devaleraea mollis can chromatically adapt to red, green, or blue LED lights. If it is, both red and blue lights should induce higher chlorophyll-a, beta-carotene, and allophycocyanin concentrations, while green should induce higher phycoerythrin and phycocyanin. This study is applicable to seaweed farmers who aim to grow deep-red seaweeds high in phycoerythrin.