Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 19, 2263–2271, 2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 2263–2271, 2022
Research article
28 Apr 2022
Research article | 28 Apr 2022

Modeling the growth and sporulation dynamics of the macroalga Ulva in mixed-age populations in cultivation and the formation of green tides

Uri Obolski et al.

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Short summary
The algal genus Ulva plays a major role in coastal ecosystems worldwide and is a promising prospect as an seagriculture crop. A substantial hindrance to cultivating Ulva arises from sudden sporulation, leading to biomass loss. This process is not yet well understood. Here, we characterize the dynamics of Ulva growth, considering the potential impact of sporulation inhibitors, using a mathematical model. Our findings are an essential step towards understanding the dynamics of Ulva growth.
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