Sally Swartz: Thank activists for revealing Port Mayaca green algae menace

Another tragedy for the St. Lucie River could help push state lawmakers to buy sugar industry-owned land south of Lake Okeechobee. From Sanibel to Sewall’s Point, from St. Lucie County to Miami, that’s what river advocates are hoping. Continue reading Sally Swartz: Thank activists for revealing Port Mayaca green algae menace

ABSIG promoting algae as tool in ecosystem services

The objective of the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) is to facilitate the development of a robust and sustainable algal industry in the UK while raising awareness of the important role algae play in the provision of ecosystem services. Ecosystems services are the benefits that humans obtain from ecosystems (for more information see the M​illennium Ecosystem Assessment and UK National Ecosystem Assessment)​. Functions Continue reading ABSIG promoting algae as tool in ecosystem services

The Force behind bioluminescence: Study uses algal cells to ‘shed light’ on sensing mechanical forces

Algae are known to congregate and bloom in massive numbers, covering patches of the ocean in thick red and brown blotches. Some of these “red tide” events create dazzling nighttime light shows of blue-green bioluminescence resulting from the force generated by Continue reading The Force behind bioluminescence: Study uses algal cells to ‘shed light’ on sensing mechanical forces