Endophytic alga species found in Indian Ocean [ Current Affairs ]


According to the Researchers, Endophytic alga has found in the Indian Ocean which belonging to Ulvella leptochaete species thriving. Endophytic alga species of alga is originally inhabitant to the seas around the British Isles and the East China Sea.

  • Endophytic means microscopic in size and generally found living inside macroscopic seaweeds.
  • Researchers had gathered samples of green seaweeds, Cladophora glomerata from Calicut, Kerala and red seaweeds, Laurentia obtusa from Mandapam, Tamil Nadu.
  • According to the researchers, its sample extracted and sequenced a small genomic region called Internal Transcribed Spacer, which is a routinely used as DNA barcode for aquatic plant.
  • The advantage of this research, it will help by reconstructing molecular evolutionary legacy of it using computational phylogenetics and disease resistance. Endophytic contains anticancer compounds such as Taxol and Taxol can be used for treatment of many cancers including ovarian cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.

- Published on: March 17, 2015