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Life cycle of Ectocarpus siliculosus. Both Ectocarpus sexual and asexual life cycles are displayed. Gametes (right side) released from WT male gametophytes . The life history of Ectocarpus fasciculatus var. refractus (Kiitz.) Ardis. from Roscoff , France, has been studied in culture. This species proved to be the sporophytic. the sexual pheromones and infection of Ectocarpus by viruses. A proposition to (the life cycle can be completed in three months) and the ease with which.

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But some are less active and become passive after a short time.

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Cycld how it works: During fertilisation, many male gametes encircle the female gamete and get entangled by the anterior large flagellum. The diploid plants bear both unilocular and plurilocular sporangia. In physiological anisogamy both the uniting gametes are morphologically similar but in morphological anisogamy female gamete is larger than the male gametes.

It is known as clump formation. The plurilocular gametangia and plurilocular sporangia are similar in structure and development. The diploid plant 2n develops two types of sporangia. The echocarpus are generally rectangular, uninucleate and the lide is placed in the region of the central vacuole, suspended by protoplasmic threads.


Here’s how it works: The plurilocular gametangia develop singly from the terminal cell of the lateral branchlets. The former produce diploid zoospores and the latter produce haploid zoospores.

Reduction division takes place during the production of zoospores in the unilocular sporaxlgia which behave as zoosporangia. The protoplast of each diploid uninucleate cell of the sporangium is transformed into a single biflagellate zoospore Fig.

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Galls are formed in Laminaria and Cystoseria due to the presence of E. These two types of zoosporangia may be produced on the same plant or on different plants. Anisogamy is very common. While ectocaarpus one formed by the direct germination of the zygote bearing unilocular sporangia and plurilocular sporangia is the sporophyte having diploid cells.

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Both the main axis and branches are uniseriate monosi- phohousbut the lower part may become multiseriate polysiphonous clue to longitudinal division e. Answer Now and help others. With the completion of the nuclear division there is a cleavage into uninucleate protoplasts.

The fertilization occurs between gametes from separate plants. It is a marine alga of world-wide distribution being abundant particularly along the Atlantic Coast but rather scarce along the Pacific Coast.

The cytoplasm contains many vacuoles, which are called physodes. Anybody can cyclle a question Anybody can answer The best answers are voted up and rise to the top.


After sometime one male gamete fuses egg to make zygospore and other gametes detach themselves from female gamete. Out of many, only one male gamete fuses with the female gamete Fig. Ectocarpus is word-wide in distribution particulary in colder seas and Polar Regions. In physiologically anisogamous species, gametes from two filaments of different strains fuse. The protoplast of each diploid uninucleate cell of the sporangium is transformed into a single biflagellate zoospore Fig.

Life Cycle of Ectocarpus (With Diagram) | Algae

The more active gametes are considered male. Occurrence, Structure and Reproduction With Diagrams.

Ectocarpis zoospores remain motile for hours and then germinate into diploid thallus which later on bears unilocular and plurilocular sporangia. The erect system shows intercalary, diffuse or trichothallic growth, whereas it is apical in prostrate system. On germination it develops into a sporophytic 2n plant. In other species of Ectocarpus gametes from same plant can fuse to form a zygote showing isogamous reproduction.