Discovering: the in-hand, by-sight explanation of how algae grows, in comparison to "plants."

 Albeit 

in the literature, (earlier on), algae had been referred to as "plants," themselves, 

Later understandings and publications on Phycology (the science and study of algae) came to recognize the organisms and phylum category of species as separate and distinct from plant life, as we commonly know it, whereas these primordial ocean and sea life precursors to plants, in their similarities, and differences, demonstrate arcane and scarcely documented (check out the date, it's winter of 2020 | 2021!) - the mobile device cameras, on the high-end iPad Pro and Pixel 4a (5G) are marvelous instruments of digital capture. 


What eyes may have seen, once before, in former years, as best as they could see them; the mysteries and forma of algae, seaweed, and coralline sea life, were a wide crevasse of primordial simplicity, of some of the micro-organisms of algae, and whereas, formerly, access to high quality nutrients and growth medium materials may have been of a greater cost than was | is [current-day,] now possible, in the internet age. 


I imagine that, like myself, most people, in blogosphère, of the current generation, or of previous generations, where and when Phycology and algae itself may have become of interest, it may have been in youth, and in schooling, when we had first, and most memorably discovered algae. 




A lifetime of difference, since the technology has changed. United States Federal Research, Science, and Technology Institutions and Agencies list Algae-based research initiatives and grant-funded projects, for individuals, research firms, startups, and contractors, as one of several handfuls of topics, or subtopics, as recently as had been assigned and awarded - as 2019 and 2020. As it turns out, I'm not too far off the hot trail of current day-and-age invested new interest in biotechnology of algae. 

Obviously, I'll do what I "can" and am capable of doing, and document my progress along the way. Algae itself, primordial that it may be - nay, with ionic mineral supplementation, the cellular generative prospects are sometimes instantaneous - the biomass cellular materia of the organism, in combination with structural-formative precursors to growth, such as proteins, lipids (fats), and respiration | aspiration | nurturing environments can be scientifically "prodded" by the inquisitive materials scientist, for quick gains and achievements in change, of what goes in to the life's worth, in algae, where it comes from; rather than: whereas, we find it on the shores, and while swimming the ocean's shallow waters, the true home of algae is deep within the open sea's waters, and the phylum (category) of algae, as species, of a spectrum, thereof, spans over 3 billion years of evolution and of existence - all within the undertaking and wherewithal of the materials-research scientist. 

But, enough conjecture and contrived discourse. I'm an amateur in the sciences, in general. My concentration, in school, was in music; the Humanities, and the Art of Composition might speak of intricacies and of wonderment that the written word would more likely struggle with, when it comes to this subject matter, of the algae; here in the Pacific Ocean's waters of the North American west coast - by all means, a richly-imbued and fortunate temperate climate of a region that features all the world's standard ecologies, as it's said of Los Angeles; yet here, I'm focusing on algae, and the beach. 

Here are the pictures, and some annotations of insight, upon discovery, that I felt are significant corollary to visually inspecting the red Florid (coralline) algae, which, in other words, is complex, of its brachial leaf-like structure, and which, I imagine, as a research-in-learning scholar of the several species' that I've gathered, is more evolutionarily advanced, than plain seaweed. (Although I do take in seaweed, at this outset, as well, for sample and study). 


First premise: the turbidity of the ocean's water, and the entanglement of the florid algae upon it's own kind, or upon other species. 

The algae uses the structure of seafloor species, or subtidal pools' "host" algae specimens, whereas here, with ionic mineral nutrition, the generations of evolution happen upon | within a single entangled pluri-organism macro-algae structure.
A multi-farious macroalgae. Here, the mysteries of how algae reproduces and grows, asexually, and over generations, might be assumed. Observe, for example, the contrast of light over dark, and the taproot-like structure of the dark section. Has the living (light-colored) section colonized the darker section, which feeds the photosynthetic-active structural nutrition, as the symbiotic ad hoc root structure of a pluri-organism "creature?"

Another look at the entangled constructin of the pluri-organism, of which I imagine the darker section to have ceded life, and nutrition, to the living colorful section. 

Another view of the structure; here, featuring at least 4 distinct macroalgae generations, or separate species, all caught in one entanglement.


Premise two: the algae becomes autonomous, given growth, space, oxygenation, nutrients, and light, and it "becomes" (evolves) in to whatever species of distinct [macro]algae that it "might" become, in lieu of circumstances of opportunity, necessity, or ecology.

The various distinct and small-specimen single-form organisms of red florid algae, etc. 

A cabbage-like floret-leaf specimen, with graphene-like planar gymnoplast cellular lattice structures growing on some of the florets. I speculate that these graphene-like symmetric and geometrically equitable (spacing and size) node-like structures are nascent intelligent determiners of the future design, (if it becomes a calcified structure, and coralline), or of macro-structure asexual reproduction of a new and autonomous macroalgae, same or similar, in genetics and in form; or that the lattice-structures act as prolific markers of nurturing environment speed and opportunity in-sensing, or in-becoming, of nutrients, respiration, aspiration, oxygenation, and short-term evolutionary choice, of the organism.

A brachial red macroalgae (branch), featuring the nodal lattice gymnoplasts, of which, I imagine, are the inspiration and sensory basis of the organism's evolutionary choice and determining, over the near-term [re-]generation, (or) of generative evolution, of an ad-hoc, or opportunistic nature. At some point, these opportunities could conceivably outpace naturally existing "great" (a la "great oak," if we were examining trees), coralline and florid macroalgae, in their evolutionary outcomes and attainable developments (i.e., coral reefs). 

A simple, yet compounding, (further up the "branches") structure, covered with the lattice-structures of the cell-like gymnoplast biosensory "devices," or micro-environment intelligent informers, to the mother-structure, and of the organism's DNA imprint, and capability, in reproducing asexually, or of advancing (or retreating) an evolutionary step, based on the nurturing environment's nutritive input, and prevelace, thereof.

A small (new?) specimen of fairly standard green seaweed. 

A small specimen of florid red-white algae, featuring "gymnosperm" nascent growth-nodes, and taproot-like base structure, (here, the specimen is upside-down, if it were to be thought of, as a plant). 

A leafy-green healthy young specimen of seaweed macroalgae.

A more mature brachial-florid red-white macroalgae, with the lattice-structured nodes, connoting nascent growth, via biosensory respiration and aspiration.

A plain brachial red-white macroalgae structure. 

A leafy-green seaweed specimen, in the process of photosynthesis.


Third premise: the macroalgae's symbiotic (ad hoc; opportunistic) residence, upon it's pregenitors, competitors, or companions, of ocean, sea, and tidepool wave turbidity. 

Here, I'm supposing that the whitish nodes and external outgrowths are conceivably suggestive of nascent growth and of asexual reproduction, or ad hoc (adjunct) evolution, of the specimen, given its current (or, as I change the water for the algae, former) nurturing environment. 






Fourth premise: the calcification of (relatively) primitive structures, as the basis of the formation of coral reef specimens.

In ionic mineral concentrate baths, of changed and refreshened tap water, every several, or so, days, the conceivable evolutionary progression and genetic diversity contingent futures, at hand, of the organism|s|, the red-white macroalgae display various stages of nascent growth, whereas the blackening "green" algae brachials suggest that they are ingesting and metabolizing other nutrients, or suffering from anaerobic decay, or that they had become provisioned evolutionary adjunct symbiotic structures for a competing or advantageous nearby entangled neighboring macro algae organism.


The calcified base structure of the green spindly grass-like algae. 

Some tuberous growth, and excitement, of the green spindly algae, near it's core structural base.

Entangled various species, as I have discovered and harvested them, prior to separation, which is the basis of my current experimentation pathway. 

A specimen of spindly green grass-like algae that has been cleaned of competing or companion red-white florid algae. 

The entanglement of red-white florid algae amongst the calcified green spindly algae. 

A detail of the base of the spindly green grass-like algae macro-structure, with tuberous "root" like tendrils and nascent whitish-spindles connoting that the core is establishing asexual reproductive growth.

Some of the symbiotic adjunct growth phenomena.

The core of this spindly macroalgae specimen had been (conceivably) ingesting ionic calcium, given the ionic liquid mineral bath it had been living in. The core structure, which I am holding on to, in the photo, is quite sturdy and hard. It chips away, if pinched, of a clean planar break, from the core structure. 


The symbiotic entanglement of the red-white florid algae species , and the ceramic-like calcified base structural core of the green spindly grass-like algae, upon which the florid algae becomes entangled.

The spindles of the formerly green macroalgae, with a slight hint of nascent growth. The various algae of this article were kept in an applesauce jug; perhaps not ideal for respiration | aspiration of oxygen.

Entanglement amongst the more ancient, calcified structures of the green spindly algae.

Tuberous "root" or brachial growth of the calcified parent core of the spindly grass-like macroalgae. It formerly featured green, instead of black spindles. 


Update: December 10, 2020

I'd detailed some of the founding philosophy at this third-week's stage of having nurtured and experimented with the algae specimens a bit, over on my Google Currents knowledge base site, but I'll follow up, here, with some new images and video clips of what's developed of the algae, in new and promising growth.

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A strand of Florid algae which I had included in a pool with the red algae; this specimen had established graphene-like mineral allotropic gymnoplast structures, as I'd featured on my developing IoTpigeons.eco Store page. 


In contrast,

This similar-seeming specimen (somewhat; of a more aged, and seemingly "planted" variety, of origin, from the ocean), was placed in another pool (a jug), and it was left with less attention, less air, less light. It seems to have developed "rose thorns," miniature, that they may be, yet I don't want that sort of development happening to my specimens. It's otherwise got lively nodules of air-sac growth, which I'd surmised, on my Google Currents post, is a biological reservoir and keepsake for nutrients, and, in addition to keeping the specimen afloat, it serves as a starting point for the upcoming cellular generation evolutionary stage of algae, (indeterminate, as it were, for my phase of algae micro | macro evolution know-how) adjunct outgrowth, from this host-parent, which I'd witnessed, somewhere in this new algae pool, which is an aggregate outgrowth and recombinante bath-waters, refreshed by a new dual-line air pump that I'd purchased from Amazon.

I'm not seeking to do anything, in particular, or specifically, with this new setup I have, with the air pump lines, and the aggregate stowing and new nurturing environment ecology that I'm engendering here, except to re-mix the various specimens together again, now, all in the same water pool environment, once again. Now that I've identified undesirable growth on one of the specimens (thorns), I've got to spend some time in mixing up the aggregate gains and losses, of the detrimented ones, and try to establish a wholesome new ecology for all of them to continue growth and to recover, from neglect and anaerobic bath water, that it was, for some of them. 

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