Ascophyllum nodosum is closely related to the genus Fucus, and is believed to have derived from an ancestral species that belongs to the Fucus genus. Ascophyllum is the longest lived of all fucoids (~60 yrs; Aberg, 1992) this has implications of phycologists in studying the ecology and lifecycle of Ascophyllum nodosum due to large timescale differences with respect to recruitment and successional cycles.
Ascophyllum nodosum is a commercially harvested species, and therefore large amounts of work has been done to clarify the ecology, growth rates, lifecycle, recruitment levels etc. These topics will be covered in this area of the site as well as information on the effect of harvesting and grazing by herbivores on this amazing seaweed. This feature aims to pull some of these theories together and produce a viable learning resource for students.
[+] MarLIN Database for A. nodosum Le Jolis