Study: Sparser, thinner Arctic Ocean ice enabling new phytoplankton blooms

Reduced ice cover is stimulating a new phenomenon in the Arctic — extra blooms of phytoplankton occurring in the fall, just before freeze-up, in addition to the usual springtime blooms, new research finds… Continue reading Study: Sparser, thinner Arctic Ocean ice enabling new phytoplankton blooms

2013 Young Biotechnologist of the Year Dr. Hywel Griffiths (PhD) Is Appointed as Fermentalg’s VP R&D

LIBOURNE, FRANCE–(Marketwired – Sep 2, 2014) – Fermentalg (EURONEXT PARIS: FALG), an industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of oils and proteins derived from microalgae, has announced the appointment of world-renowned… Continue reading 2013 Young Biotechnologist of the Year Dr. Hywel Griffiths (PhD) Is Appointed as Fermentalg’s VP R&D

The green, green ALGAE of home: NASA set to study explosion in dangerous growth from International Space Station

It can cause major problems in water supplies, kill off fish and even give humans nausea, numbness and liver disease.

Now the problem of algae in lakes has got so bad, Nasa is using a special sensor on the International Space… Continue reading The green, green ALGAE of home: NASA set to study explosion in dangerous growth from International Space Station

Not All Marine Phytoplankton Need To Take Their Vitamins

Some species of marine phytoplankton, such as the prolific bloomer Emiliania huxleyi, can grow without consuming vitamin B1 (thiamine), researchers have discovered. The finding contradicts the common view that E. huxleyi and many other eukaryotic microbes depend on… Continue reading Not All Marine Phytoplankton Need To Take Their Vitamins

Intricate algae produce low-cost biosensors

(Phys.org) —Oregon State University researchers are combining diatoms, a type of single-celled photosynthetic algae, with nanoparticles to create a sensor capable of detecting miniscule amounts of protein or other biomarkers.

This is a new and innovative approach to optical biosensors, which are important in health care for such applications as… Continue reading Intricate algae produce low-cost biosensors