Investigating the night life of Chlamydomonas

Investigating the night life of Chlamydomonas

Photosynthesis is probably the most well-known aspect of plant biochemistry. It enables plants, algae, and select bacteria to transform the energy from sunlight during the daytime into chemical energy in the form of sugars and starches (as well as oils and proteins), and it involves taking in carbon dioxide from the…

New theories on plants’ evolution from algae

New theories on plants’ evolution from algae

Norm Wickett, Ph.D.,
a conservation scientist working in genomics and bioinformatics
 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, writes for National Geographic that we have known for quite some time that all land plants share a common ancestor with green algae. But, there has been some debate as to what form of algae is the closest…

Algal discovery aids cancer research

Algal discovery aids cancer research

A team of Michigan State University algae researchers have discovered a cellular “snooze button” that has the potential to improve biofuel production and offer insight into the early stages of cancer. The discovery that the protein CHT7 is a likely repressor…

Tracing light from algae to plants

Tracing light from algae to plants

Researchers have determined the origin of a group of protein-based light sensors in land plants and a series of related phytoplankton by sequencing and comparing RNA in these genomes. Marine phytoplankton are considered responsible for roughly half…

Red algae fermentation for ethanol

Red algae fermentation for ethanol

Business Korea reports that a Korean research team headed by Choi In-gul, a professor at the Department of Biotechnology at Korea University, has successfully defined the fermentation process of red algae and found a clue to making ethanol…

Engineering plants for more efficient photosynthesis

Engineering plants for more efficient photosynthesis

Krishna Ramanujan reports in Phys.org that a genetically engineered tobacco plant, developed with two genes from cyanobacteria, holds promise for improving the yields of many food crops…

Kao researching algae for medium chain fatty acids

Kao researching algae for medium chain fatty acids

At the Eco Technology Research Center in their Wakayama, Japan plant, Kao Corporation’s algal researchers have succeeded in finding enzymes that can produce a large number of medium chain…

OSU researchers combine diatoms and nanoparticles

OSU researchers combine diatoms and nanoparticles

Oregon State University researchers are combining diatoms, a type of single-celled photosynthetic algae, with nanoparticles to create a sensor capable of detecting miniscule amounts of protein…

Lipid accumulation advancement in Japan

Lipid accumulation advancement in Japan

Two scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have enhanced the lipid accumulation function in nutrient-starved algae, maintaining the cell growth through photosynthesis. Masako Iwai, Core Research for…

The viral death of algal blooms

The viral death of algal blooms

Using a combination of satellite imagery and laboratory experiments, researchers have evidence showing that viruses infecting those algae are driving the life-and-death dynamics of the earth’s algae blooms, even when…

Microalgae nutrient trial results announced by EnAlgae

Microalgae nutrient trial results announced by EnAlgae

EnAlgae scientists have recently published a paper in Bioresource Technology that discusses how nutrient ratios can be manipulated to simultaneously control microalgal biomass production and minimize nutrient…

EnAlgae investigates membrane technology in microalgal biorefineries

EnAlgae investigates membrane technology in microalgal biorefineries

Engineers looking at the use of membrane filtration in microalgae biorefineries as part of the EnAlgae project have concluded that the technology has a fundamental part to play in realizing the full potential of microalgae…

Algae discovery reveals origin of sexes

Algae discovery reveals origin of sexes

A recent discovery in the multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri,has revealed the origin of male and female sexes, showing how they evolved from a more primitive mating system in a unicellular relative…

USU tests algae simulation around the world

USU tests algae simulation around the world

Biplab Das writes in NatureAsia that researchers from Utah State University (USU) have developed a model that simulates algae growth and their lipid productivity at various global locations using…

Algae can switch quantum coherence on and off

Algae can switch quantum coherence on and off

A University of New South Wales (UNSW)-led team of researchers has discovered how algae that survive in very low levels of light are able to switch on and off a weird quantum phenomenon that occurs during…

OMEGA system tests for marine animal durability

OMEGA system tests for marine animal durability

Much has been written about the innovative Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae (OMEGA) developed by NASA scientists for deployment on water. OMEGA, an integrated aquatic system to produce…

How algae evolved into green plants — new research

How algae evolved into green plants — new research

In Phys.Org, Yu Yonehara notes the breakthrough research from the Tokyo Institute of Technology on the connection between early marine algae and the development of terrestrial life: “The colonisation of…

Researching algae in space and extreme environments

Researching algae in space and extreme environments

By sending algae into space, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist and his team will be able to study some of the key mechanisms that control plant growth and photosynthesis…

Algal genes may boost efficiency, yield in crops

Algal genes may boost efficiency, yield in crops

As humanity faces more mouths to feed thanks to a swelling global population, new research has taken a step toward employing genes from blue-green algae to improve staple crop photosynthesis — a potential…

Lab-on-a-chip accelerates algal biofuel development

Lab-on-a-chip accelerates algal biofuel development

Significant improvements are still required to make algal biofuel commercially viable, such as developing better microalgal strains showing faster growth and higher oil production.
 To that end, a team led by Arum Han…

Capturing Carbon in Calgary

Capturing Carbon in Calgary

A team of six University of Calgary researchers has been awarded funding for their project, Cost Effective Biotechnology for Carbon Capture and Re-Use, based on the concept of using algal biotechnology to capture and reuse…

Arizona students showcase algae research for the public

Arizona students showcase algae research for the public

Students from three Arizona universities will demonstrate their algae research projects at an Innovation Showcase May 1, in Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Fitness Complex…

Teaching meets research at Lone Star’s algae lab

Teaching meets research at Lone Star’s algae lab

Founded in 1973, the Lone Star College (LSC) System comprises six colleges and two university centers with 78,000 credit students and a total enrollment of more than 90,000. The college focuses on…

Algal DHA omega-3 improves sleep duration in study

Algal DHA omega-3 improves sleep duration in study

Supplementation of long-chain omega-3s, and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in particular, were associated with seven fewer wake episodes and longer sleep duration – 58 minutes more sleep per night…

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