This Editorial provides a topical review of East Mediterranean phycology and seagrass biology, with a special focus on the outcomes of the multi-year project “Brown algal biodiversity and ecology in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea” supported by the TOTAL Foundation. Following a general overview of East Mediterranean seaweed biogeography and taxonomy, the review covers seagrasses, deep-water (circalittoral) macroalgal diversity, pathogens and algal defence, human impacts and biotic indices, alien species as well as the papers of this special issue
We would like to acknowledge many years of funding support from the TOTAL
Foundation (Paris) within the framework of the project “Brown algal biodiversity and ecology in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea” which has enabled and inspired much of the work covered in this editorial and this special issue. Special thanks go to Laure Fournier (TOTAL Foundation) for her support through inspiring discussions, mentoring and networking.