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The Rhodophyta: some aspects of their biology
(1963). The Rhodophyta: some aspects of their biology. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 1: 177-196
In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Aberdeen University Press/Allen & Unwin: London. ISSN 0078-3218, more
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    There is, at the present time, no comprehensive treatment of the Rhodophyta as a whole. The monumental work by Kylin (1956) provides a systematic compendium of the genera, families and orders, yet many other aspects of study are treated only briefly. The absence of a comprehensive survey is due to various causes. Of the algae, this group is often regarded as 'difficult', whilst the low level of economic and commercial interest has restricted financial support. Knowledge of the Rhodophyta in many parts of the world such as the Pacific and India Oceans (see Papenfuss, 1953) is particularly scanty and even for those taxa which are thought to be well known, the lack of information regarding many fundamental aspects is often surprising. In addition, there has been a curious lack of critical studies in Phycology . Drew (1955a) has commented that, in many instances, evidence has been accepted which is not up to the standards required in other branches of Botany and that many accepted generalizations are invalid, the data on which they are based being either of considerable age and unconfirmed, or even incorrect. Surveying recent progress is therefore not easy, with no modern treatment of the group as a whole to serve as a basis for discussion and with the need to examine critically all currently accepted theses. For these reasons attention has been concentrated on those topics considered to be of greatest importance or for which the currently accepted beliefs are in need of modification.

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