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'Green' energy from algae

... like biodiesel may be produced. While growing, algae take up the amount of CO 2 that is later ... used for energy production. Hence, energy from algae can be produced in a CO 2 -neutral manner ... Apart from CO 2 -neutral closed loop management, algae have an-other advantage: Industrial CO 2 ...

Plankton Power and RTDC announce proposed algae-to-biofuels pilot facility on Cape Cod

... are joining forces to establish the Cape Cod algae Biorefinery. The new facility will focus on pilot- and commercial-scale development of algae biodiesel (a type of biofuel) that is ... and production. The biodiesel from Plankton Power algae is a "drop-in" replacement for home heating oil ...

Coralline algae in the Mediterranean lost their tropical element between 5 and 7 million years ago

... team of researchers has studied the coralline algae fossils that lived on the last coral reefs of the ... 7.24 and 5.3 million years ago. Mediterranean algae and coral reefs began to resemble present day ... Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italia) show coralline algae distribution patterns in the west and centre of ...

A thirst for blood sparks toxic algal blooms

... The blooming of toxic algae that occurs during the summer conceal a fight for ... that algal blooms are created when aggressive algae kill and injure their competitors in order to ... nutrients they contain. "The behaviour of the algae can be compared to that of blood-sucking ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly Presspac -- June 17, 2009

... #2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE "Milking" microscopic algae could yield massive amounts of oil Industrial ... crisis "milking" oil from the tiny, single-cell algae known as diatoms, renowned for their intricate, ... provide a way around the puzzle of how to make algae that both grow quickly and have a very high oil ...

Studies shed light on collapse of coral reefs

... of an intricate symbiotic relationship with algae that live within their bodies. After being a ... Within their bodies they harbor highly productive algae a form of marine plant life that can "fix" ... and produce sugars. "Some of these algae that live within corals are amazingly productive, ...

Stanford scientists find heat-tolerant coral reefs that may resist climate change

... rely on partnerships with tiny, single-celled algae called zooxanthellae. The corals provide the algae a home, and, in turn, the algae provide nourishment, forming a symbiotic ...

Regional partnership to develop algal biofuels gets backing of San Diego leaders

... designed to develop innovative ways to turn algae into biofuels. Speaking at a news conference ... recently established the San Diego Center for algae Biotechnology, or "SD-CAB." The primary goal of ... seeing the direct and indirect benefits of algae research on the San Diego regional economy," said ...

Researchers report 'moderately large' potential for red tide outbreak in Gulf of Maine region

... of quantities of Alexandrium fundyense the algae notorious for producing a toxin that accumulates ... the intensity and location of blooms of the toxic algae in the Gulf of Maine. With data from last ... coast. When southwesterly winds dominate, the algae tend to remain offshore. So even when there are a ...

Marine scientists warn of potential for spring, summer red tide outbreak in Gulf of Maine

... of Alexandrium fundyense--the microscopic algae notorious for producing a toxin that accumulates ... like this one." Survey maps of the harmful algae are used with computer models that simulate ... to indicate where and in what abundance the toxic algae might be expected in 2009. The researchers ...

Genes from tiny marine algae suggest unsuspected avenues for new research

... closest representatives of these ancestral green algae living today are thought to be the Prasinophytes, a group of microscopic green algae found across the world's oceans. Microbial ... that are not found in the genomes of other green algae (at least not in the five or six other species ...

Genes from tiny algae shed light on big role managing carbon in world's oceans

... understanding their biology and ecology. algae were blazing the pathway of photosynthesis long ... the subsequent comparative analysis with other algae previously sequenced by DOE JGI and Genoscope ... may have bearing on climate change, make these algae keen target of study. " Micromonas is a ...

Nanofarming technology harvest biofuel oils without harming algae

... AMES, Iowa algae is widely touted as the next best source for ... greatest challenges in creating biofuels from algae is that when you extract the oil from the algae, ... technology that safely harvests oil from the algae so the pond-based "crop" can keep on producing. ...

Lohafex provides new insights on plankton ecology

... iron addition stimulated growth of the planktonic algae (phytoplankton), which doubled their biomass ... by earlier experiments were due to a group of algae known as diatoms. These unicellular algae are protected against grazers by shells made of ...

Montana State team finds Yellowstone alga that detoxifies arsenic

... tougher. The alga -- a simple one-celled algae called Cyanidioschyzon -- thrives in extremely ... acidic springs. Over the years, he noticed thick algae mats that were so lush and green in December that ... arsenic to a less dangerous form. "These algae are such a dominant member of the microbiology ...

Study links seabird deaths to soap-like foam produced by red-tide algae

... that a massive "red tide" bloom of marine algae had produced a foamy soap-like substance that ... to the problem by breaking up the cells of dying algae and churning the dissolved protein into the thick ... on the surface of the water. "We grew the algae in the lab, and when we shook it up it produced ...

How Volvox got its groove

... Some algae have been hanging together rather than going it ... to new research. Ancestors of Volvox algae made the transition from being a single-celled ... arose only 50 million years ago. The algae switched to a communal lifestyle in only 35 ...

Success for first outdoor, large-scale algae-to-biofuel research project in Nevada

... demonstration-scale project in Nevada for turning algae into biofuel has successfully completed the ... their first outdoor cold-weather crop of algae as part of their collaborative algae-to-biofuels ... and species of algae, it is possible to grow algae outdoors year-round in Nevada. The pond was ...

Billion-year revision of plant evolution timeline may stem from discovery of lignin in seaweed

... thought unique to them has been found in marine algae by a team of researchers including scientists at ... "All land plants evolved from aquatic green algae and scientists have long believed that lignin ... his work on lignin. "Because red and green algae likely diverged more than a billion years ago, ...

Study links ecosystem changes in temperate lakes to climate warming

... in the species composition of small, microscopic algae preserved in sediments from more than 200 lake systems in the northern hemisphere. These algae dominate the plankton that float at or near the ... were found between changes in the lake algae and long-term changes in air temperature and ...

Engineering algae to make fuel instead of sugar

... have identified the genetic instructions in the algae genome responsible for deploying approximately ... light-gathering antennae. They believe that the algae can get along with as few as 130 molecules. ... to the engineering-driven effort of using algae to convert sunlight into biofuel. Melis uses ...

Study links ecosystem changes in temperate lakes to climate warming

... in the species composition of small, microscopic algae preserved in sediments from more than 200 lake systems in the northern hemisphere. These algae dominate the plankton that float at or near the ... were found between changes in the lake algae and long-term changes in air temperature and ...

Phycology in China

... algae are distributed widely on the earth, from land to ... and from the polar to the tropical regions. algae have been part of Chinese food for thousands of ... in rapid demand for aquatic resources where algae compose the most part of primary productivity. ...

Montana State researchers receive grant to study algae as a source of biofuel

... the grant. "It's been known for 20 years that algae could produce lipids, but it really took the most ... spike in fuel prices to make getting fuel from algae an option," Peyton said. Almost all algae contain some oil, but ...

UGA study reveals ecosystem-level consequences of frog extinctions

... found that tadpoles play a key role keeping the algae at the base of the food chain productive. "Many things that live in the stream depend on algae as a base food resource," said lead author Scott ... The researchers found that while the amount of algae in the stream was more than 250 percent greater ...

Algal biomonitor

... of seafood by the toxins some of these algae produce. Senjie Lin, an Associate Professor of ... waste products from cultured animals. algae include cyanobacteria, dinoflagellates, diatoms, ... biological markers - DNA or RNA - to detect the algae quickly and easily without the need for highly ...

Biologists find diatom to reduce red tide's toxicity

... diatom can reduce red tide's toxicity to other algae as well. If scientists can learn to use this ... press for the Web sites of the journals Harmful algae and the Proceedings of the Royal Society of ... Algae, Kubanek's students grew the red tide algae along with the S. costatum diatom to test her ...

New indicator uncovered that can predict coral health

... in a community of microscopic single-celled algae called dinoflagellates. The study, released in ... reveals that a particular type of these algae renders corals more susceptible to disease. ... the NWHI associate with a type of endosymbiotic algae that has never been found in Hawaiian corals ...

The good, the bad and the smelly: USGS at the 2008 Coral Reef Symposium

... also influence competitive interactions between algae and corals. In this study, researchers found that ... to avoid settling in the area. However, not all algae are bad; some coralline (calcified) algae may act as facilitators for coral settlement. ...

Algae from the ocean a sustainable energy source of the future

... cultivation and manufacturing of oil-rich algae in oceans for biofuel. K-State's Zhijian ... to study solid carriers for manufacturing algae biofuels in the ocean. algae are a diverse and simple group of organisms that ...

National Science Foundation funds research addressing enduring questions of life

... most of the tree of life. Using a group of algae known as volvocine algae as a model, the team will study the pathway that ... to multi-celled volvocine algae. Volvocine algae serve as an excellent model for studying ...

In computer models and observations, researchers see potential for significant 'red tide' season

... April usually brings the first signs of harmful algae in New England waters, and this year, researchers ... the intensity and location of blooms the toxic algae Alexandrium fundyense in the Gulf of Maine. ... numbers in the waters off coastal Maine. The algae are notorious for producing a toxin that ...

Harmful algae taking advantage of global warming

... hole. Its probably cyanobacteria blue-green algae and, according to a paper in the April 4 issue ... and co-author of the Science paper, calls the algae the cockroach of lakes. Its everywhere and its ... as thick as 3 feet in some areas. The algae has been linked to digestive, neurological and ...

Algae could one day be major hydrogen fuel source

... that call by working to chemically manipulate algae for production of the next generation of ... synthesis of hydrogenase active site mimics. algae has several benefits over corn in fuel ... there is no competition for food or fertile soil. algae is also easier to harvest because it has no roots ...

Coral's addiction to 'junk food'

... effort to decipher how corals and their symbiotic algae communicate with one another, says Professor ... relationship in which the corals feed the algae and try to control their diet, and the algae in turn use sunlight to produce junk food ...

From the backyard to the ocean: New study shows streams act as key nitrogen filters

... the reality of "red tide" -- harmful blooms of algae that make water unfit for swimming and pose risks ... role in filtering out the nitrogen that feeds the algae blooms. A new study published in this week's ... larger bodies of water, it feeds the harmful algae growth that leads to red tide. In addition, ...

University of Colorado at Boulder awarded $1 million for biofuels research

... of biomass material like switchgrass and algae to synthesis gas. The three-year award was ... sorghum, corn stalks and leaves, wood waste and algae to more than 2,000 degrees F for just fractions ... where the farming of crops like switchgrass and algae can provide the needed biomass. "Since the ...

2008 Pew Fellowship in marine conservation awarded to UM Rosenstiel's Dr. Andrew Baker

... They depend on partnerships with microscopic algae (often called zooxanthellae) to help them thrive in shallow tropical seas. These symbiotic algae live inside the corals and provide them with ... events in which corals lose their colorful algae and often die. Dr. Bakers research focuses on ...

Montana State University researcher finds renewed interest in turning algae into fuel

... BOZEMAN -- The same brown algae that cover rocks and cause anglers to slip while ... from algae. It developed a system that screened algae for their oil content and greatly reduced the ... Nile Red. When treated with the stain, the algae became fluorescent under certain conditions, ...

New research discredits $100B global warming 'fix'

... solution to global warming because the growing algae absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. However, ... atmosphere if the carbon incorporated into the algae sinks to deeper waters. This process, which ... been thought to be dependent on the abundance of algae in the top layers of the ocean. The ...
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