Altered intracellular signaling increases algal oil yields

James Umen, Ph.D., associate member at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and colleagues have discovered a way to make algae better oil producers without sacrificing growth. The findings were published September 6, in a paper titled, “Synergism between inositol polyphosphates and TOR kinase signaling…

Chlamydomonas study shows nature’s coping mechanism

A small freshwater algal strain that has evolved to live in harsh seawater is giving scientists insight into how living things adapt to changes in their environment. The findings could help scientists better understand how species have been able to adapt to major shifts of circumstances in the past, such as transferring from…

Scientists find new DNA mod in algae

Scientists at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have described the surprising discovery and function of a new DNA modification in insects, worms and algae. Common DNA modifications occur through methylation, a chemical process that can dramatically change gene expression…

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…

Bringing algae into the data center

Data centers are the backbone of our modern information society. Without secure data center infrastructures, not only would every economic circuit collapse, but public order would as well. However, data centers continue to be energy consumers…

Producing hydrogen in the dark from Chlamydomonas

Biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have identified a pathway whereby the green algae Chlamydomonas can produce hydrogen in the dark. Their findings were published recently…