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International Journal on Algae
SJR: 0.219 SNIP: 0.261 CiteScore™: 0.24

ISSN Imprimir: 1521-9429
ISSN En Línea: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v3.i3.30
pages 19-39

Additions to the study of aerophytic eukaryotic algae of Israel

P. M. Tsarenko
N.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany of the NAS of Ukraine, 2 Tereschenkovskaya Str., Kiev 01004, Ukraine
Solomon P. Wasser
International Centre for Biotechnology and Biodiversity of Fungi Institute of Evolution and Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
T. I. Mikhailyuk
N.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, NAS of Ukraine, 2 Tereshchenhovskaya Str., Kiev 01004, Ukraine


In some aerophytic biotopes (limestone, barks of trees, dry wood) of the "Evolution Canyon II", Lower Nahal Keziv, and "Evolution Canyon I", Lower Nahal Oren, Mount Cannel National Park, Israel 20 species of eukaryotic algae were revealed using the cultural method. They belong to Chlorophyta (14 species), Xanthophyta (2), Eustigmatophyta (2), and Bacillariophyta (2). Eight genera and 13 species are first recorded in Israel. Their descriptions, localities, details of morphology, ecology and distribution, and illustrations are given. The aerophytic algal flora of Israel is discussed in comparison with floras of some territories of the temperate zone of Ukraine. The peculiarity of the Israeli algal flora is caused by climatic features of the country, and differences in ecological characteristics of eukaryotic and prokaryotic algae.