Algal Taxonomy: Historical Overview

Abstract

The taxonomy of algae since the time of Linnaeus are described here. The merging of the Algae and the Flagellata into a common group is explained, and the impact of electron microscopy and molecular biology, which has resulted in a much more precise circumscription of the different taxonomic groups of algae, is discussed.

Keywords: algae; flagellata; systematics; classification; taxonomy

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Moestrup, Øjvind(Sep 2006) Algal Taxonomy: Historical Overview. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000328.pub2]