Phycology (from Greek _gr. φύκος, "phykos", "seaweed"; and _gr. -λογία, "-logia") or algology (from
Latin_la. "alga", also "seaweed"), a subdiscipline of botany, is the scientific study of algae. Algae are important as primary producers in aquatic ecosystems. Most algae are eukaryotic, photosynthetic organisms that live in a wet environment. They are distinguished from the higher plants by a lack of true roots, stems or leaves. Many species are single-celled and microscopic (including phytoplanktonand other microalgae); many others are multicellularto one degree or another, some of these growing to large size (for example, seaweedssuch as kelpand " Sargassum").
Phycology also includes the study of prokaryotic forms known as blue-green algae or
cyanobacteria. A number of microscopic algae also occur as symbionts in lichens.
A "phycologist" is a person who studies
algaeas described above. In a similar manner, a mycologist is a person who has been professionally trained in mycology, the study of fungi.
History of phycology
Algaculture, the culture of algae
*http://www.algaefuel.org/ AlgaeFuel research and development company in California bay area.
*http://www.brphycsoc.org/ British Phycological Society
*http://www.intphycsoc.org/ International Phycological Society
*http://www.schweizerbart.de/j/algological-studies/ Algological Studies is an international journal of phycology which publishes peer reviewed scientific papers of international significance from the entire field of algology (phycology)
*http://www.psaalgae.org/ Phycological Society of America
*http://www.seaweed.ie/ Seaweed Site
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Phycology — Phy*col o*gy, n. [Gr. ? seaweed + logy.] The science of alg[ae], or seaweeds; algology. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
phycology — 1847, from PHYCO (Cf. phyco ) + LOGY (Cf. logy). Related: Phycological; phycologist … Etymology dictionary
phycology — [fī käl′ə jē] n. [< Gr phykos, seaweed (see PHYCEAE) + LOGY] ALGOLOGY phycologist n … English World dictionary
phycology — noun Date: circa 1847 the study or science of algae called also algology • phycological adjective • phycologist noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
phycology — (fi kol o je) The study of algae; algology … Dictionary of microbiology
phycology — phycological /fuy keuh loj i keuhl/, adj. phycologist, n. /fuy kol euh jee/, n. the branch of botany dealing with algae. [1875 80; PHYCO + LOGY] * * * ▪ biology also called algology the study of algae, a large heterogeneous group o … Universalium
phycology — noun The scientific study of algae. See Also: phycological, phycologist … Wiktionary
phycology — phy·col·o·gy jē n, pl gies the study or science of algae phy·co·log·i·cal .fī kə läj i kəl adj … Medical dictionary
phycology — study of algae and seaweeds Sciences and Studies … Phrontistery dictionary
phycology — phyÂ·colÂ·oÂ·gy || faÉª kÉ‘lÉ™dÊ’Éª / kÉ’ n. algology, branch of botany that concentrates on the study of algae … English contemporary dictionary