Does Bladder Kelp store nitrogen? If so, in which tissues?
Tiffany is investigating how Bladder Kelp grows during the summer and what happens to the nitrogen that Bladder Kelp uptake into their tissues.
Unlike other marine algae, Bladder Kelp has six main tissue types (stipe/stem, juvenile blade, adult blade, mature blade, reproductive blade, and holdfast/root) and it is important to understand how nitrogen moves through an individual plant, how it is stored and how/when it is used. Tiffany analyses the pigment concentration, soluble tissue nitrogen, total tissue nitrogen and amino acids to help answer her questions.