Current Status

January 18th, 2008

Currently I am trying to encourage vegetative growth of the gametophytes to increase the amount of biomass we have for seeding ropes. When we have sufficient biomass, we can then induce fertilisation and seed the twines.

Tanks, with a high flow rate and vigorous aeration, have been set up in the MRI laboratories in Carna, into which adult Laminaria digitata plants will be placed. These will then have a slit cut across the blade, to block the transport of putative sporulation inhibitors, this will lead to the plant producing sorus patches, and enable us to manipulate the plant and have year-round sporogenesis. This means that we will not be dependent on the natural cycle of wild plants to produce our spores. Laminaria digitata plants will be placed. These will then have a slit cut across the blade, to block the transport of putative sporulation inhibitors, this will lead to the plant producing sorus patches, and enable us to manipulate the plant and have year-round sporogenesis. This means that we will not be dependent on the natural cycle of wild plants to produce our spores.