alga (pl. algae)
Glossary of "The Cell (5th ed.)" by Alberts et al. (2008)
- Informal term used to describe a wide range of simple unicellular and multicellular eukaryotic photosynthetic organisms. Examples include Nitella, Volvox, and Fucus.
Glossary of "Plant Biology (1st ed.)" by Graham et al. (2003)
- Cyanobacteria, plus protists that usually (though not always) possess chloroplasts, photosynthetic storage materials, and cell walls. Algae primarily live in aquatic habitats and are typically simpler in structure and reproduction than land plants.
- Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J. Raff, M., Roberts, K. & Walter P. 2008. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th ed. -xxxiv + 1616 pp. Garland Science, New York.
- Graham, L. E., Graham, J. M. & Wilcox, L. W. 2003. Plant Biology. -xxxv + 497 pp. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River.