Discovering algae’s suicidal tendencies

The question of why an individual would actively kill itself has been an evolutionary mystery. Death could hardly provide a fitness advantage to the dying individual. However, a new study has found…

Hydrogen production efficiency discovery in green algae

That green algae can produce hydrogen under certain conditions has been known and studied for about 15 years, but low efficiency has been a problem, i.e. the amount of energy…

Chlamydomonas Shown to Break Down Cellulose

Douglas Main reports on OurAmazingPlanet that researchers at Germany’s University of Bielefeld have discovered that when the alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is deprived of carbon dioxide…

Sapphire Announces Algal Chloroplast Genome Development

Sapphire Energy, Inc., has announced that Nucleic Acids Research Journal has published its white paper, “An Exogenous Chloroplast Genome for Complex Sequence Manipulation in Algae.” As the site of…

ISU Researchers Pair Genes to Up Photosynthetic Carbon Conversion

Researchers at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA, are exploring the effects of controlling the expression of two algal genes that regulate the uptake of CO2 for photosynthesis. In the experiments performed…

Algae Engineering Kits from GeneArt®

Life Technologies has announced that they will soon be releasing their New GeneArt® Algae Engineering Kits for Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Synechococcus elongatus, the first…