With changing tastes and warming oceans, Japanese seaweed in danger

URAKAWA, Japan — To the uninitiated, a strip of kombu looks like any old piece of seaweed you would find washed up on a beach: slimy and brown and decidedly unappetizing.

But to generations of Japanese chefs, this prized kelp is the basis for much of Continue reading With changing tastes and warming oceans, Japanese seaweed in danger

Ocean researcher working to project Maine’s economic losses due to red tide algae bloom

ROCKPORT, MAINE – A marine researcher is working on a tool he says will allow the state to forecast the level of economic loss suffered by its shellfish industry due to a harmful algae bloom called red tide, which discolors water and makes mussels and clams Continue reading Ocean researcher working to project Maine’s economic losses due to red tide algae bloom

Algae Key to Lakes’ Ability to Lower Methane Emissions

Methane emissions are strongly reduced in lakes with anoxic bottom waters. But – contrary to what has previously been assumed – methane removal is not because of archaea or anaerobic bacteria. A new study on Lake Cadagno shows that the microorganisms responsible are aerobic proteobacteria. Continue reading Algae Key to Lakes’ Ability to Lower Methane Emissions