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New Publication: Multi-Level Light Capture Control in Plants and Green Algae

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2015.10.004 Life on Earth relies on photosynthesis, and the ongoing depletion of fossil carbon fuels has renewed interest in phototrophic light-energy conversion processes as a blueprint for the conversion of atmospheric CO2 into various organic compounds. Light-harvesting systems have evolved in

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A Carbon-Neutral Fuel Alternative

            As early as the 1950s, researchers were looking at algae for methane gas production. The algae was grown on rooftops of Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT). Drawings and illustrations of open pond raceways on the

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Lipid helps keep algae and brain fluid moving

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The same lipid that helps algae swim toward the light also appears to enable one type of brain cell to keep cerebrospinal fluid moving, researchers report. The lipid is ceramide, long known to help keep skin smooth,

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Linda Graham’s Dual Focus: Macroalgae For Clean Water & Biofuels

                Members of Graham’s team (pictured at right) optimize growth of macroalgae at UW–Madison’s Biotron Laboratory. Pictured at left are strands of freshwater macroalgae from Madison’s Lake Mendota. This alga is a feedstock

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Antarctic algae under the microscope in Southern Ocean research program

How algae grows under sea ice and the implications for marine food chains is one of the areas of research in the latest Antarctic expedition.                     Final preparations are underway in

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Germany’s State-Of-The-Art Algae Research Centre Opens

                  The Technical University of Munich, Germany, has opened a unique algae cultivation centre at its Ludwig Bölkow Campus to develop new processes for producing biokerosene and renewable chemical products. The new

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Scientist Make Battery Electrodes From Harmful Algal Blooms

                  Algal blooms are the biggest threat to natural and artificial aquifers. Formed as a result of warm temperatures, and consequently the development of large populations of cyanobacteria, algal blooms are often toxic,

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Seaweeds Exploration Vital For Economy

                Seaweed, if systematically cultured and explored, could emerge as a vital agricultural product for coastal people, be consumed as dishes and used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and contribute to the national

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Global Coral Bleaching Event: Third Ever Declared

                  It’s official, our oceans are experiencing a coral bleaching event on a global scale. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), countless simultaneous reef bleaching incidents culminated in to one massive

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The Microscopic Life of Glaciers

Though it can be hard to imagine that cold, barren-looking glaciers are conducive to life, glaciers are actually teeming with organisms. Glacier surfaces are filled with cylindrical holes called cyroconite holes, in which melt water accumulates and micro-algae and cyanobacteria thrive. Now,

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Spirulina: Looks a Little Like Pond Scum, But is Really a Superfood

                It looks a little bit like pond scum, but – as they say, never judge a book by its cover – if you stick with that theory you’ll quickly learn that the

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Expert says algae cultivation will be needed as rising heat shrinks farmland

                Algae may be tiny, but new research suggests the single-celled organisms could play an outsized role in slowing the rate of global warming over the rest of the 21st century. In fact,

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