Posts Tagged Algae

Origins of photosynthesis in plants dated to 1.25 billion years ago…

Intro:  The world’s oldest algae fossils are a billion years old, according to a new analysis… Read the article here at enn.com: http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/53513 Advertisements

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Melting sea ice may lead to more life in the sea… 

Summary:  Every year an increasing amount of sea ice is melting in the Arctic. This can start a chain reaction, which leads to increased production of algae and hence more food for creatures in the sea… Read the article here at sciencedaily.com: Melting sea ice may lead to more life in the sea

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Are tiny grazers the new hope for Caribbean reefs?… 

Summary: Thirty years ago a mysterious disease wiped out long-spined black sea urchins across the Caribbean, leading to massive algal overgrowth that smothered already overfished coral reefs. Now, marine biologists report that smaller sea urchins and parrotfish may be taking the place of the large sea urchins, restoring the balance on degraded reefs… Read about […]

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Marine microalgae, a new sustainable food and fuel source… 

Summary (ScienceDaily.Com) :  Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, climate change and food insecurity The article is here: Marine microalgae, a new sustainable food and fuel source

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How Growing Sea Plants Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360…

“Researchers are finding that kelp, eelgrass, and other vegetation can effectively absorb CO2 and reduce acidity in the ocean. Growing these plants in local waters, scientists say, could help mitigate the damaging impacts of acidification on marine life…” Source e360.yale.edu (Yale Environment 360): How Growing Sea Plants Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification by Nicola Jones: […]

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The Sargassum event and the RGB algae of Trinidad and Tobago…

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Light Nanofilter System Stimulates Algae Growth…

From an article published by dailyfusion.net in October 2013: “A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia has helped develop a nanoparticle light filter system which stimulates the growth of useful microalgal organisms. The resulting microalgal cells and their light-absorbing photopigments provide high value-added chemical compounds which could lead to environmentally sustainable applications […]

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Mathematical Patterns in Sea Ice Reveal Melt Dynamics…

“Sea ice has declined rapidly in the past decade; in the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice was at its lowest recorded levels, below even what climate models predicted… Sea ice is not only a very sensitive leading indicator of climate change, but it’s also a key player… in Earth’s climate system… White sea ice […]

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Ancient Arctic Algae Record Climate Change in “Tree Rings”…

“From the medieval chill called the Little Ice Age to the onset of global warming in the 1800s, the coralline algae show how Arctic sea ice has responded to climate swings for the past 650 years…” More from ScientificAmerican: Ancient Arctic Algae record Climate Change…  

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Breakthrough for Biofuel Production from Tiny Marine Algae…

“Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae…” Full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131120192147.htm   Source: Science News at ScienceDaily.com

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The Most Important Organism?…

Have you ever considered just what organism may be most important to planet Earth? This article from Ecology.com may enlighten you… “It is estimated that marine plants produce between 70 and 80 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere. Nearly all marine plants are single celled,photosynthetic algae… They are a bunch of single cells trying to look […]

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