Rhodophyceae Introduction Occurrence Range of thallus Reproduction and Economic Importance


The Rhodophyceae or the Red green growth is presumably the most seasoned gatherings of Eukaryotic Algae incorporating around 4000 types of generally multicellular and overwhelmingly marine green growth. It is the lone class in the division Rhodophyta. 

The individuals Rhodophyceae alongside certain individuals from Chlorophyceae and Phaeophyceae structure a gathering of full scale green growth regularly called as kelp. They owe their red tone to the photosynthetic shade phycoerythrin. Regardless of their name, not all Rhodophyceae are red. These green growth may likewise be purple, earthy colored or dark on account of essence of the extra shades. The colors present are chlorophyll a, chlorophyll d, carotenes, phycoerythrins and phycocyanins. 

Fundamental trademark highlights of Rhodophyceae: 

Most of the red green growth are marine 

Motile cells are not found in this gathering. Indeed, even the gametes and the spores need flagella. 

Excess of the photosynthates are put away as floridean starch in the cytoplasm as little granules. Floridean starch is an expanded polymer of glucose fundamentally the same as glycogen. 

The interesting photosynthetic colors incorporate chlorophyll–d, phycobilins: r-phycoerythrin and r-phycocyanin and the xanthophyll-taraxanthin other than the overall chlorophyll-an and the α and β-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, neoxanthin. 

The cell divider contains polysulphate esters of sugars notwithstanding cellulose and gelatin. 

Adjacent cells are associated with one another by specific pits. The pit associations contain a specific focal point molded attachment secured a septal gap. 

Reproduction is specific with male gamete-spermatium being non motile. It is conveyed latently by the water flows and is held up in the trichogyne of the female sex organ – carpogonium. The post treatment changes are additionally extraordinary in this gathering. 

Bangioideae – in which there is intercalary development of the thallus and - there is immediate division of the zygote into carpospores 

Florideae - in which the development of the thallus is terminal and 


- the carpospores are framed in a roundabout way from a zygote. 

Among the kelp the quantity of red green growth is considerably more than any remaining kelp having a place with any remaining gatherings of green growth. Albeit marine green growth happen at all scopes they are prevalently observed in mild and tropical areas. Not many species happen in polar and sub polar districts. Bigger types of red green growth happen in cool mild territories while generally little and filamentous structures are found in tropical oceans. They can make due at incredible profundities of up to 200m, a capacity reliant on the presence of embellishment shades. 

New water Rhodophycean green growth (around 200 species) don't reach as incredible a size as the kelp and are for the most part found in running waters of little streams . 

The Rhodophycean life forms range from autotrophic, autonomous complete plants to totally heterotrophic parasites. This incorporates non-commit epiphytes ( Achrochaetium-Rhodocorton complex), commit epiphytes ( Polysiphonia lanosa on Ascophyllum), semi parasites which have some photosynthetic colors and parasites with no photosynthetic apparatus. Parasitic red green growth are isolated into adelphoparasites (firmly identified with the host henceforth simpler to build up pit associations) and alloparasites ( not firmly identified with their hosts). 

Scope of Thallus 

The red green growth as a rule have multicellular and naturally visible thalli with a couple of unicellular animal types like Porphyridium, Rhodospora. The thalli can be filamentous, membranous, foliaceous or even parenchymatous like Bangia. The filamentous thalli are made out of fluctuating number of equal strands. A few structures may have an external covering of corticating fibers. A thallus which has a solitary pivotal fiber having expanded laterals with or without cortication is known as a uniaxial fiber (Achrochaetium). Those thalli which have a tuft of hub fibers with numerous laterals transmitting out to the edges are called multiaxial fibers. A portion of the red green growth are stony because of weighty impregnation of lime and thus called the coral reefs (Corallina, Lithothamnion). 

Pit Associations 

Pit associations are interesting to red green growth. These are the associations between two contiguous cells that are loaded up with protein. These comprise of fittings and covers. Pit associations are the destinations of underlying strength in the thallus. In some green growth, the fittings become ousted in the regenerative cells subsequently permitting the section of metabolites to the creating conceptive cells. The pit associations between the hub cells and the pericentral cells are called as the essential pit associations. Those between the nearby pericentral cells are the optional pit associations. 

Cell Structure 

Cells are non motile and eukaryotic with chloroplast having one thylakoid per band. Chloroplast Endoplasmic Reticulum is missing and the Floridean starch is found in the cytoplasm outside the chloroplast. Pit associations are seen in filamentous structures. 

Cell Wall 

The phone divider in red green growth is called as extracellular grid (ECM) as it is less unbending in contrast with dividers in different gatherings. The microfibrillar structure in most Rhodophycean cell dividers is given by cellulose, albeit in Porphyra and Bangia, a xylan plays out this capacity. These microfibrils are loaded up with a nebulous grid of sulfated galactan polymers and adhesive. Adhesives make up to 70% of dry load of the cell divider. Unicellular red green growth have a nebulous network of sulfated polysaccharides without cellulose. 

The red algal cell divider contains different sorts of profoundly hydrophilic, sulfated polygalactans which are polymers of β-(14) Galactose and α-(13) connected anhydrogalactose. These are segments of the monetarily significant items from red green growth - agars and carageenans both being galactans. Within the sight of cations, for example, Ca+2 or K+ these sulfated galactans total into three-dimensional organizations that have colloidal properties. 

The adhesives are polymers of D-xylose and D-glucose, D-glucuronic corrosive and galactose. Sulfated mannans are additionally found in specific genera. 

Chloroplast and Capacity Items 

Chloroplasts as a rule begin from little dismal proplastids and are encircled by two layers of the chloroplast envelope. Chloroplasts are normally stellate with a focal pyrenoid in morphologically basic Rhodophyceae, while in others it is discoid. 


Propagation happens by both agamic and sexual techniques. There is nonappearance of any lashed structures. Abiogenetic proliferation happens by methods for spores and products of two, four and products of four. 

The sexual life accounts of red green growth have two (Diphasic) or three multicellular stages (Triphasic). 

Triphasic Life Cycle 

The vast majority of the red green growth have three unmistakable stages in their day to day existence cycle-the gametophyte, carposporophyte and the tetrasporophyte. 

Gametophyte is a free-living haploid plant which is worried about sexual generation. It delivers the gametes. 

Carposporophyte is a diploid plant which creates from the zygote after sexual combination is refined. It is parasitic on the female gametophyte and consequently stays connected to it. Carposporophyte is worried about the creation of diploid spores called the carpospores. Carpospores sprout to offer ascent to tetrasporophyte. 

Tetrasporophyte is an autonomous plant like the gametophyte . It is the site of meiosis and is worried about the creation of haploid spores called the 

Diphasic Life Cycle 

In straightforward red green growth like Batrachospermum, the carpospores are haploid and on germination produce sexual plants. There is no agamic plant aside from the diploid zygote which before long goes through meiosis. Hence there are three haploid ages 

- the parent gametophyte worried about the creation of gametes. It is autonomous; 

- carposporophyte worried about creation of carpospores which are haploid. It is parasitic on the female gametophyte; 

- carpospores which sprout to frame the charantia stage which offers ascend to the gametophytes. 

The existence pattern of Batrachospermum in this way includes shift of progressive haploid ages with the diploid zygote. Cytologically it is haplobiontic with just a single sort of people. Then again, life pattern of Polysiphonia is regularly triphasic with two diploid and one haploid age. Cytologically, such life cycles are diplobiontic in which there is a normal variation of one gametophyte stage with two sporophyte stages. 


It is the female sex organ and comprises of an expanded basal part and an exceptionally thin stretched tip, the trichogyne. 

The trichogyne is coagulated and is instrumental in accepting the male cells. A carpogonium typically has two cores; one in the trichogyne and the other in the basal part. The trichogyne core declines not long after the carpogonium achieves development while the core in the basal part works as the female gamete core. 

Carpogonium emerges in the terminal bit of a 3-4 celled carpogonial branch and the cell which offers ascend to carpogonium is the supporting cell. Both the carpogonium and the carpogonial branch are for the most part dismal. 


It is the male sex organ and is for the most part circular or oval fit as a fiddle. One spermatium is delivered per spermatangium. A youthful spermatium has core towards pinnacle and vacuoles towards the basal district which intertwine at development. These vacuoles contain mucoplysaccharides and compensate for a large portion of the volume of the spermatangium. Spermatia are delivered by the gelatinization of the spermatangial divider close to the summit. The stringy material 

(mucopolysaccharides) swells and pushes the spermatium out of the spermatangium. As the sinewy material is tacky some of it might stall out to the spermatium and later assistance it in appending to the trichogyne.


Water flows convey the spermatia to the trichogyne of the carpogonium. The dividers of the male and female gametes break down at their place of connection subsequently encouraging the development of the male core to the carpogonium. Combination of the male and the female gametes happens in the basal segment of the carpogonium. 

The treated carpogonium doesn't shape a diploid zygote as observed in different gatherings of green growth yet rather puts out another long fiber that completes the diploid core of the carpogonium and stores it into an entirely unexpected cell called as the auxillary cell which is in nearness of the carpogonium. Auxillary cells are of two sorts: nutritive and generative. Nutritive cells give supplements to creating carposporophyte. 

What's more, the generative cells offer ascent to gonimoblast fibers. It is the diploid tissue of treated carpogonium which shapes the gonimoblast fibers. As of now examined these gonimoblast fibers bear terminal carposporangia which structure the carpospores. Carposporangia broaden due to advancement of chloroplasts and vesicles containing divider forerunners. Breaking of pit associations between the carposporangium and gonimoblast fibers lead to arrival of carpospores. 

Carpospores gradually swim away, ultimately sprouting and developing into diploid tetrasporophytes.. These tetrasporophytes bear tetrasporangia and every tetrasporangium bears four tetraspores. The tetraspores can be masterminded in a tetrahedral (quadruplicate), cruciate (across) or a zonate (column) way. 

Financial Importance 

Economically, the red green growth have been abused for a very long time for human utilization and for extraction of polysaccharides – agar and carageenan. 

Agar is obtained from types of Gelidium, Gracelaria, Acanthopeltis and Pterocladia.These green growth are known as agarophytes. Agarophytes are gathered by making a plunge profound waters and 

are then hauled off the shore in low tide. The plants are cleaned in new water a few times and afterward dyed. The material hence got is bubbled for a few hours and the extricate acquired is fermented which is later frozen. On defrosting water streams out conveying pollutants. Presently remaining agar is dried and sold as powder, drops or cakes. It is utilized as a supplement mechanism for developing microorganisms and growths. 

Agar is utilized in food and drug ventures. In spite of the fact that it is a decent purgative, it is all the more regularly utilized as a dormant transporter for drugs where a moderate arrival of medications is required. It is utilized for gelling and thickening purposes, especially in canning of fish and meat. It is additionally utilized in the assembling of prepared cheddar, mayonnaise, puddings, creams, sticks and jam. In the United States, agar is utilized in the canning business as a defensive specialist against the undesirable impacts of metals. 

Agar is a constituent of beauty care products, treatments and creams and furthermore a stabilizer for emulsions. Moreover, agar is the wellspring of agarose, which is broadly utilized in recombinant DNA innovation for gel electrophoresis. Japan is the biggest maker of agar. Agar-agar is viewed as a delicacy in japan. 

Carrageenan is a phycocolloid like agar yet with a higher debris content, thus required in higher focuses to shape gels. It is acquired principally from Chondrus crispus and Gigartina stellata but in little amounts from Eucheuma and Kappophycus. Business creation is like agar in spite of the fact that carageenan can't be filtered by freezing

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