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An Algal Greening of Land

Author:
Martin, William F., Allen, John F.
Source:
Cell 2018 v.174 no.2 pp. 256-258
ISSN:
0092-8674
Subject:
Chara, Cyanobacteria, algae, eukaryotic cells, genome, photosynthesis, symbiosis
Abstract:
Photosynthetic eukaryotes arose ∼1.5 billion years ago by endosymbiosis with a cyanobacterium. Algae then evolved for a billion years before one lineage finally colonized land. Why the wait? The Chara braunii genome details a decisive step linking plant origins with Earth’s history.
Agid:
6099061