‘Little janitor’ merits attention in Florida springs’ health debate, UF/IFAS research shows

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A small, slow moving resident who enjoys a vegetative diet and keeps things tidy may be the overlooked player in public debates over Florida’s ailing freshwater springs, University of Florida researchers say…
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Levine to succeed Warner as CEO of Sapphire Energy: new commercial era begins

Former Verenium CEO and Goldman exec ushers in new commercial era at Sapphire, as CJ Warner relinquishes CEO title, remaining as Chairman.

In California, the Digest learned that James “Jamie” Levine has been… Continue reading Levine to succeed Warner as CEO of Sapphire Energy: new commercial era begins

Phytoplankton use turbulence to survive

The new state-of-the-art Portable Flux Profiler (PFP) is equipped with high resolution sensors that can yield millimetre-scale measurements.

The instrument has enabled researchers to demonstrate the influence of turbulent micro-scale motions – such as those caused by wind and currents – on phytoplankton… Continue reading Phytoplankton use turbulence to survive

Science in a Complex World: Pond scum offers clues to life’s puzzles

Upon seeing or hearing the word evolution, one might think of a cartoon showing a parade of increasingly upright apes and humans. Alternatively, one might envision a black-and-white picture of a bearded naturalist examining the beaks of finches. Me, I think of algae… Continue reading Science in a Complex World: Pond scum offers clues to life’s puzzles

Student, professor examine Lanier, Flat Creek for water quality

Particularly drawn to Flat Creek, Melba Horton spent the early part of the summer checking the water quality at Lake Lanier.

The University of North Georgia biology instructor worked with one of her top students, Chad Subers, exploring algal diversity around Flat Creek and Buford Dam as part of UNG’S Faculty-Undergraduate Summer Enrichment program… Continue reading Student, professor examine Lanier, Flat Creek for water quality

Beach reading — algae style

In Charles Bensinger’s new book, Radical Option, humanity, as well as nature itself, is faced with an impending crisis, as average temperatures on the planet climb to the point of mass migration and potential extinction. Sound familiar?… Yes, it’s science not-so-fiction where climate change is the point of departure for a story that envisions a future where mankind must adapt, radically, to survive.

And how does that adaptation occur? Well, algae… Continue reading Beach reading — algae style

New Zealand scientists developing high-value algae technology

New Zealand’s biotech sector has received a boost with the launch of a highly sophisticated, multi-vessel photobioreactor, designed and built by scientists at Cawthron Institute.

The technology development was… Continue reading New Zealand scientists developing high-value algae technology