This is one of two principal genera in kelp forests (the other is Macrocystis). In Chile, the preservation of Lessonia wild kelp is a crucial factor for the rocky shores. By harvesting these wild populations of Lessonia kelp, marine biologists are able to analyze the effects of kelp towards wildlife.
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