Salt-tolerant plant could benefit aquaculture and agriculture
Murdoch University researchers are leading a project to develop a salt-tolerant perennial crop capable of filtering fish farm waste water while providing feed for livestock.
What green algae are up to in the dark: Researchers decipher little-known metabolic pathway for hydrogen production
How green algae produce hydrogen in the dark is reported by biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in the "Journal of Biological Chemistry". Hereby, they have uncovered a mechanism for the production of the gas which ...
How do corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet?
Coral reefs are predicted to decline under the pressure of global warming. However, a number of coral species can survive at seawater temperatures even higher than predicted for the tropics during the next ...
Work needed to make algal biofuel viable, study suggests
(Phys.org)—Though biofuels from algae hold great promise, Cornell researchers find that more innovation is needed to make the technology economically and energetically viable at a commercial scale.
How the purple and pink sunscreens of reef corals work
(Phys.org)—New research by the University of Southampton has found a mechanism as to how corals use their pink and purple hues as sunscreen to protect them against harmful sunlight.
Tiny fossils hold answers to big questions on climate change
(Phys.org)—The western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet, and the fastest warming part of the Southern Hemisphere.
Golden algae: They hunt, they kill, they cheat
(Phys.org)—Cheating is a behavior not limited to humans, animals and plants. Even microscopically small, single-celled algae do it, a team of UA researchers has discovered.
Viruses that infect oceans' tiny beings are discovered
(Phys.org)—Viruses are well known for making people sick, but a new study provides evidence for the first time of viral infections in tiny marine crustaceans called copepods.
A snapshot of pupfish evolution in action
Chris Martin has bred more than 3,000 hybrid fish in his time as a graduate student in evolution and ecology at UC Davis, a pursuit that has helped him create one of the most comprehensive snapshots of natural ...
Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight
Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics—the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.
Engineering alternative fuel with cyanobacteria
(Phys.org)—Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids, a precursor to liquid fuels, but she has also found that the process ...
Waterfall-climbing fish use same mechanism to climb waterfalls and eat algae
Going against the flow is always a challenge, but some waterfall-climbing fish have adapted to their extreme lifestyle by using the same set of muscles for both climbing and eating, according to research ...
Low pH levels can eliminate harmful blooms of golden algae, one cause of massive fish kills
(Phys.org)—Baylor University researchers are one step closer to understanding the algae that causes a substantial number of fish deaths in more than 18 states.
Antarctic sea ice thickness affects algae populations
In the waters off Antarctica, algae grow and live in the sea ice that surrounds the southern continent-a floating habitat sure to change as the planet warms. As with most aquatic ecosystems, microscopic algae form the base ...