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How plants make the most of the sun

August 28, 2019

Resting in the shade of a tree during a summer heat wave is one way to cool off,…
Scientists found an explanation, why the Proterozoic eon was the ‘boring billion’

August 23, 2019

The fact that there is life on Earth is akin to a miracle. At the beginning 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…
A surprisingly abundant type of marine bacteria may speed up climate change

August 16, 2019

A USC-led research team has found that marine microbes with a special metabolism could play an important role…
Rainforests can only absorb CO2 as long as nutrient stores last

August 16, 2019

How much carbon dioxide can tropical rainforests absorb? Investigations by an international team of researchers – including the…
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…
Terraforming the Surface of Mars with Silica Aerogel?

July 23, 2019

The idea of terraforming Mars and other planets within the Solar System and beyond has not only deep…
Rob and Rubisco: directed evolution of photosynthesis

June 28, 2019

Researchers from Australia recently reported a novel way to study a key enzyme in photosynthesis and carbon fixation.…
Plants’ Oil-Production Accelerator Also Activates the Brakes

June 21, 2019

Scientists discover seemingly paradoxical mechanism for regulating oil synthesis Scientists studying plant biochemistry at the U.S. Department of…
Toy shows off plant defences

June 3, 2019

Lancaster computer scientists have developed a fun interactive toy to demonstrate a plant’s defences against pathogens. Dr Abe…
A forest ‘glow’ reveals awakening from hibernation

May 29, 2019

Winters in the northern hemisphere are brutal. The harsh conditions drive some species to hibernate; bears reduce their…
How plant cells neutralize the potential for self-harm

May 24, 2019

Photosynthesis makes our atmosphere oxygen-rich and forms the bedrock of our food supply. But under changing or stressful…
New study tracks fundamental movements in energy conversion

April 15, 2019

Energy conversion processes, from photosynthesis and respiration in living organisms to combustion and fuel cells used to power…
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…
Algal library lends insights into genes for photosynthesis

March 20, 2019

Now a team led by Princeton University researchers has constructed a public “library” to help researchers to find out…
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Going quantum to unlock plants’ secrets

January 18, 2019

Gregory Scholes, Princeton’s William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry, suspects that the key to plants’ efficiency stems from their…
Habitable Planets Around Red Dwarf Stars Might not get Enough Photons to Support Plant Life

January 15, 2019

In recent years, the number of extra-solar planets discovered around nearby M-type (red dwarf stars) has grown considerably.…
Purple Bacteria could be used as Batteries to Generate Clean Energy from Sewage

November 14, 2018

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Energy Research details a method for extracting clean energy…
Solar Cell Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

October 30, 2018

Researchers develop an artificial photosynthesis system that generates hydrogen fuel and electricity at the same time. In the…
Shedding new light on photosynthesis

October 16, 2018

University of Michigan researchers have developed a powerful microscope that can map how light energy migrates in photosynthetic…
Eco-Friendly Nanoparticles for Artificial Photosynthesis

October 1, 2018

Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a nanoparticle type for novel use in artificial photosynthesis by…
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…
Photosynthesis and engines evolved in remarkably similar ways

August 2, 2018

At first blush, these two objects couldn’t appear less alike. Yet, according to a Princeton University study published in the…
Photosynthesis more efficient than believed, study finds

July 16, 2018

Photosynthesis is one of the most crucial life processes on Earth. It’s how plants get their food, using…
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…
Making the Oxygen We Breathe, a Photosynthesis Mechanism Exposed

June 14, 2018

Arguably, the greatest fueler of life on our planet is photosynthesis, but understanding its labyrinthine chemistry, powered by…
Explaining the history of Australia’s vegetation

May 24, 2018

University of Adelaide-led research has uncovered the history of when and why the native vegetation that today dominates…
Stomata — the plant pores that give us life — arise thanks to a gene called MUTE, scientists report

May 10, 2018

Plants know how to do a neat trick. Through photosynthesis, they use sunlight and carbon dioxide to make…
In Pursuit of Perfect Chemistry: A Vision for Unifying Catalysis

April 18, 2018

Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley researchers say hybrid approach could lead to next-generation catalysts In a 2016 study, Berkeley…
A Core-Shell Nanotube Array for Artificial Photosynthesis

April 13, 2018

The average global energy consumption of transportation fuels is currently several terawatts (1 terawatt = 1012 Joule) per second.…
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