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Tue, 15 Jan 2008

International supplement from NSF facilitates research collaboration in kelp genetics
SBC LTER was awarded supplemental funding from NSF's International Office of Science and Education to continue its collaboration on kelp genetics with researchers from the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CMER) at the Universidade do Algarve, Portugal. Molecular microsatellites for the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera are being developed in the laboratory of Drs. Filipe Alberto and Ester Serrao from samples collected at SBC LTER's long-term study sites and being used to investigate levels of population connectivity and self-fertilization in giant kelp forests in the Santa Barbara region. Supplemental funds are being used to support the travel of SBC LTER researchers and graduate students to CMER to learn these newly developed protocols. In summer 2007 Drs. Alberto and Serrao hosted SBC LTER PhD student Laura Carney for a three month visit during which time she refined the molecular protocols for use in her studies of delayed development in the gametophyte stage of Macrocystis.
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