Ulva under the microscope
An important part of our study is differentiating the Ulva algae species. To differentiate between Ulva species, they are observed under a microscope. To do this we make dissections into the leafy tissue, to observe the algae from different points of view and magnifications.
Our team are using a 2-step process. At first, small sections of Ulva are laid flat to study the edges that will provide the first type of clue in the differentiation. In the photo below, there are small tooth-like (circled in red) features on the edges of the Ulva seaweed, which is very specific to a specie.