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Algae team rosters could help ID ‘super corals’

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Researchers have found a potential tool for identifying “super corals” that can tolerate a limited amount of climate…
PNNL Growing Algae for Biofuels for Cars, Planes

January 28, 2020

Algae is often seen as a yucky muck, but it may soon join crop waste and cooking oils…
Algae Shown to Improve Gastrointestinal Health

January 27, 2020

A widespread, fast-growing plant called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is famous in scientific laboratories due to its position as the world’s most…
New study on a recently discovered chlorophyll molecule could be key to better solar cells

January 15, 2020

Photosynthesis, the process by which some organisms convert sunlight into chemical energy, is well known. But, it is…
Large ‘herbivores of the sea’ keep coral reefs healthy

January 15, 2020

Selective fishing can disrupt the delicate balance between corals and algae in embattled Caribbean coral reefs. Removing large…
Perpetual predator-prey population cycles

December 19, 2019

How can predators coexist with their prey over long periods without the predators completely depleting the resource that…
Genes borrowed from bacteria allowed plants to move from sea to land

November 15, 2019

Natural genetic engineering allowed plants to move from water to land, according to a new study by an…
Who controls whom: Algae or sea anemone?

November 14, 2019

Bleached anemones—those lacking symbiotic algae—do not move toward light, a behaviour exhibited by healthy, symbiotic anemones. Published in…
DISCOVRing Algal Strains for Sustainable Biofuels

November 6, 2019

Consortium finds strain that has potential to contribute to productivity targets for open ponds. A consortium made up…
Red Algae Thrive Despite Ancestor’s Massive Loss of Genes

October 30, 2019

You’d think that losing 25 percent of your genes would be a big problem for survival. But not…
Study provides framework for green plant evolution

October 29, 2019

Gene sequences for more than 1,100 plant species have been released by an international consortium of nearly 200 plant…
Research provides new view of the critical role of plankton in marine carbon storage

September 30, 2019

The sea is Earth’s most formidable carbon dioxide storage machine, but mysteries abound about the interlocking processes and…
Turning hype into real alternatives

September 25, 2019

“There’s no doubt that the idea of using insects as food in Europe has caused some hype. But…
Hope for coral recovery may depend on good parenting

September 20, 2019

The fate of the world’s coral reefs could depend on how well the sea creatures equip their offspring…
Building a CO2-concentrating mechanism

September 10, 2019

Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, York, Cambridge and Princeton have demonstrated a key step towards reconstructing a…
Study reveals changing patterns in globally important algae

August 23, 2019

Globally important ocean algae called coccolithophores are mysteriously scarce in one of the most productive regions of the…
These are Phaeodactylum tricornutum diatoms. Image credit: Ananya Agarwal/Rutgers Biophysics Molecular Ecology Laboratory
Scientists Discover Key Factors in How Some Algae Harness Solar Energy

August 21, 2019

Scientists have discovered how diatoms – a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen…
Studying the surging seaweed that is sargassum

August 21, 2019

With beaches from Mexico to northern Florida overrun by smelly sargassum, University of Miami researchers are investigating everything…
NSF-funded workshop targets microbe-infecting viruses

July 25, 2019

An upcoming workshop at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will assemble national experts on the viruses that infect microorganisms…
The Uncertainties Around Algae for Biofuel

July 20, 2019

PNNL researchers develop new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics. Could algae one day replace crude oil…
This is a diatom cell from the Gulf of Mexico. It is stained with a fluorescent dye to show newly formed cell walls (blue) and the red is fluorescence from chlorophyll. The white bar is a 10 micron scale bar. Image credit: Jeffrey Krause and Sydney Acton
Algae-Killing Viruses Spur Nutrient Recycling in Oceans

July 19, 2019

Scientists have confirmed that viruses can kill marine algae called diatoms and that diatom die-offs near the ocean…
Cyanidiales species of red algae, which appear green in this photo because chlorophyll masks their red pigment, growing in a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park. Image credit: Debashish Bhattacharya/Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Red Algae Steal Genes from Bacteria to Cope with Environmental Stresses

July 19, 2019

It’s a case of grand larceny that could lead to new fuels and cleanup chemicals. Ten species of…
Sea slugs use algae’s bacterial ‘weapons factory’ in three-way symbiotic relationship

June 28, 2019

But this inch-long marine mollusk gains not only a tasty meal — it also slurps up the algae’s…
In search of an undersea kelp forest’s missing nitrogen

June 26, 2019

Plants need nutrients to grow. So scientists were surprised to learn that giant kelp maintains its impressive growth…
Investigating coral and algal “matchmaking” at the cellular level

June 20, 2019

What factors govern algae’s success as “tenants” of their coral hosts both under optimal conditions and when oceanic…
In Search of Missing Nitrogen

June 18, 2019

Plants need nutrients to grow. No nutrients, no growth. So scientists were surprised to learn that giant kelp…
Deep-ocean vents fuel massive phytoplankton blooms

June 14, 2019

Researchers at Stanford University have found an aquatic highway that releases nutrients from within the Earth and ferries them up…
Stanford study shows how deep-ocean vents fuel massive phytoplankton blooms – and possible hotspots for carbon storage

June 7, 2019

A new study suggests vents in the seafloor may affect life near the ocean’s surface and the global…
Astronauts Could Rely on Algae as the Perfect Life Support Partner

May 8, 2019

When planning for long-duration crewed missions, one of the most important things is to make sure that the…
Lake Erie’s toxic algae blooms: Why is the water turning green?

April 11, 2019

Since the late 1990s, Lake Erie has been plagued with blooms of toxic algae that turn its waters…
Discovery of self-destruct mechanism in algae could have broad applications for antibiotics and biofuels

March 27, 2019

In a discovery that could have broad applications from the development of targeted antibiotics to the production of…
Revealing the plant genes that shaped our world

March 25, 2019

The creation of new library of mutants of the single-celled photosynthetic green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii enabled a Carnegie- and Princeton…
Coral Spa Treatment

March 22, 2019

Hot water means bleaching coral. Scientists have known this for a long time. So it stands to reason…
Mutually-assured destruction in heated coral-algae war

March 18, 2019

Global warming and acidifying oceans are creating an intense competition between coral and algae that both are set…
Turning algae in fuel

March 14, 2019

Biofuel experts have long sought a more economically viable way to turn algae into biocrude oil to power…
In this reproductive cell of the multicellular Volvox alga, the novel light sensor 2c-cyclop was labeled with fluorescence (green). It shows up in membranes and around the nucleus. Image credit: Eva Laura von der Heyde
The Algae’s Third Eye

February 22, 2019

Scientists at the Universities of Würzburg and Bielefeld in Germany have discovered an unusual new light sensor in…
Hear ye, hear ye: open call for algae

February 21, 2019

Sandia invites collaborators in quest for renewable fuels To make algae biofuels more competitive with petroleum, growers must…
Harnessing top algae strains for bioenergy through collaboration

February 20, 2019

PNNL project to boost productivity, lower cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts Wanted: Algae industry partners and academic…
Beaker containing samples from the 2017 cyanobacteria bloom in western Lake Erie. Image credit: Christine Kitchens.
Lake Erie algal blooms ‘seeded’ internally by overwintering cells in lake-bottom sediments

November 23, 2018

Western Lake Erie’s annual summer algal blooms are triggered, at least in part, by cyanobacteria cells that survive…
U-M researchers part of national effort to protect freshwater lakes from toxic algal blooms

November 9, 2018

University of Michigan researchers are part of a new, federally funded effort to understand and prevent toxic algal…
Algae from Japanese tsunami debris hasn’t taken a foothold, though many were “global invaders”

October 29, 2018

Researchers from the United States and Japan have identified 84 species of marine algae and cyanobacteria that arrived…
Scientists discover genetic basis for how harmful algae blooms become toxic

October 4, 2018

Scientists have uncovered the genetic basis for the production of domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin produced by certain…
Domoic Acid Decoded: Scientists Discover Genetic Basis for How Harmful Algal Blooms Become Toxic

September 28, 2018

A team led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the J. Craig…
UW-Madison helps communities create cleaner, greener wastewater

September 24, 2018

A process invented at UW–Madison is now removing phosphorus at Madison’s regional sewage treatment plant. Like many other…
An aggregation of marimo balls in the laboratory, with one that has become buoyant. Image credit: Dora Cano-Ramirez and Ashutosh Sharma
To float or not to float? Mystery solved as to why algae balls float and sink

August 24, 2018

The balls are a rare form of algae found naturally in lakes in the northern hemisphere, particularly Japan…
Corals and algae go back further than previously thought, all the way to Jurassic Period

August 16, 2018

Algae and corals have been leaning on each other since dinosaurs roamed the earth, much longer than had…
Slimy chemical clues: Changing algae could alter ecosystems

July 24, 2018

Colorful, hardened algae that dot the ocean floor from Alaska to Mexico often set the tone for which…
Zebra mussels in Lake Mendota: the new kid in town

July 19, 2018

The summer’s first blue-green algae bloom turned much of Lake Mendota a thick, putrid green color. Researchers at…
Large outdoor study shows biodiversity improves stability of algal biofuel systems

June 20, 2018

A diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as…
Heavier rains and manure mean more algae blooms

June 13, 2018

The Center for Limnology reported that a toxic algae bloom had begun to spread across Lake Mendota. It quickly led…
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