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Scientists discover how cyanobacteria thrive in low light

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Scientists have determined the structure of the protein complex that gives cyanobacteria their unique ability to convert weak,…
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…
Molecular insights into biological carbon assimilation

November 13, 2019

Scientists have unveiled the molecular structure of a membrane transporter that is responsible for carbon assimilation in cyanobacteria…
Researchers Develop Method for Producing Biofuel from Solar Energy, CO2 and Water

July 29, 2019

Writing in a recent study published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, a team of researchers from…
Algal blooms in Lake Erie’s central basin could produce neurotoxins

May 20, 2019

Harmful algal blooms pose a unique toxic threat in Lake Erie’s central basin, new research has found. Not…
“Frankenstein” materials could revolutionize building construction

May 17, 2019

In Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein created a living being out of lifeless limbs, challenging the…
Unravelling how bacterial ‘machines’ self-assemble

May 9, 2019

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have gained new insights into the self-assembling properties of unique protein ‘machines’…
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…
Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites

January 17, 2019

The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential…
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…
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…
Salty water causes some freshwater harmful algae to release toxins

October 26, 2018

A new U.S. Geological Survey laboratory study of two potentially toxic types of freshwater cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae,…
Scientists Discover a New Type of Photosynthesis

June 18, 2018

A group of researchers led by the Imperial College London had recently discovered a new type of photosynthesis…
‘Chameleon’ ocean bacteria can shift their colours

February 21, 2018

Cyanobacteria – which propel the ocean engine and help sustain marine life – can shift their colour like…
Bacterial survival strategy: Splitting into virulent and non-virulent subtypes

February 7, 2017

Scientists find long-term epigenetic memory switch that controls different modes of bacterial virulence Researchers at the Hebrew University…
Building a biofuel-boosting Swiss Army knife

September 22, 2015

Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of…
Sentinel-2 catches eye of algal storm

September 4, 2015

The Sentinel-2A satellite has been in orbit for only a matter of weeks, but new images of an…
Multiple photoreceptors work together in cyanobacteria

September 2, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have demonstrated that the coordination of multiple photoreceptors sensing light from the…
Earth Day is on the horizon. But is ‘greener’ always better?

April 16, 2015

Going green. On Earth Day and every day, being “greener” is linked with good things like lowering your carbon…
UGA researchers identify, name toxic cyanobacteria killing American bald eagles

February 19, 2015

University of Georgia researchers have formally identified and named toxic cyanobacteria that have been killing American bald eagles…
The quality of light

December 31, 2014

Rapidly growing bacteria that live in the ocean and can manufacture their own food hold promise as host…
Light-induced cell aggregation in cyanobacteria

August 26, 2014

Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are a type of microalgae highly suitable for biomass production and biotechnology research. Cyanobacteria perform…
Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis

August 22, 2014

Fluorescence image of microcolonies of theLeptolyngbya sp. strain of cyanobacteria cells (JSC-1) collected from a hot spring near Yellowstone…
Survival box developed for collecting cyanobacteria

March 24, 2014

MaCuMBA Steering Committee members at the third steering committee meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation…
An ancient ‘Great Leap Forward’ for life in the open ocean

February 28, 2014

University of Bristol researchers study genomic data of cyanobacteria to shed new light on how complex life evolved…
Nutrient Ratios Could Affect Microcystin Occurrence

February 4, 2014

Evaluations of water nutrient ratios suggest that concentrations of a class of cyanobacteria toxins (cyanotoxins), called microcystins, tended…
Ahoy! First ocean vesicles spotted

January 10, 2014

Marine cyanobacteria — tiny ocean plants that produce oxygen and make organic carbon using sunlight and CO2 —…
Inner workings of cyanobacteria caught on video

November 26, 2013

Image: For the first time, researchers were able to watch cyanobacteria make their critical carbon-fixing carboxysomes inside living…
Tricking algae’s biological clock boosts production of drugs, biofuels

November 8, 2013

Photomicrograph of cyanobacterial mat from a California salt marsh. (Wayne Lanier / UC Berkeley) Tricking algae’s biological clock…
Increasing toxicity of algal blooms tied to nutrient enrichment and climate change

October 25, 2013

Like pea soup, a thick mat of toxic microcystins cyanobacteria on Lake Taihu in China gets stirred up…
Chlorophyll harnessed for use in nanophotonic applications

August 30, 2013

Researchers from Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are developing nanostructures in which chlorophylls are bound to…
Structures of complexes comprised of Fischerella transcription factor HetR with Anabaena DNA targets

July 30, 2013

The three-dimensional structures of the protein called HetR from cyanobacterium Anabaena in complex with symmetric DNA were determined…
Study of gene expression in common blue-green algae reveals what makes it bloom, toxic

July 25, 2013

If your local pond, lake, or watering hole is looking bright green this summer, chances are it has…
Biologists discover highly complex communication system in aquatic cyanobacteria

July 23, 2013

Land plants can “see,” but can microscopic plants see better? New research from Indiana University has uncovered a…
Atmospheric CO2 likely altering ocean foodchain, research says

July 3, 2013

Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean’s food chain, selecting…
A stepping-stone for oxygen on Earth: Researchers find evidence of an early manganese-oxidizing photosystem

June 27, 2013

For most terrestrial life on Earth, oxygen is necessary for survival. But the planet’s atmosphere did not always…
A Stepping-Stone for Oxygen on Earth

June 27, 2013

For most terrestrial life on Earth, oxygen is necessary for survival. But the planet’s atmosphere did not always…
Engineered microbes grow in the dark

May 20, 2013

Scientists at the University of California, Davis have engineered a strain of photosynthetic cyanobacteria to grow without the…
Multicellularity, a key event in the evolution of life

January 17, 2013

Multicellularity in cyanobacteria originated before 2.4 billion years ago and is associated with the accumulation of atmospheric oxygen,…
Scientists uncover process for chameleon-like changes in world’s most abundant phytoplankton

November 28, 2012

An international team of biologists led by Indiana University’s David M. Kehoe has identified both the enzyme and…
Scientists Discover Possible Building Blocks of Ancient Genetic Systems

November 16, 2012

Scientists believe that prior to the advent of DNA as the earth’s primary genetic material, early forms of…
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