Category Archives: Algal science

The modern study of marine and freshwater algae is called either phycology. Find out more about the fundamental and applied science of algae in this page.

Tiny Algae Responsible for Mysterious Fossil Whale Graveyard?

Ever since a highway construction crew in Chile uncovered a fossil graveyard of some 40 prehistoric whales in 2010, with skeletons dating back more than five million years, scientists have wondered why so many giant animals died in one place… Continue reading Tiny Algae Responsible for Mysterious Fossil Whale Graveyard?

Large-Scale Algae Biofuels Currently Unsustainable, New Report Concludes

A report out today from the National Research Council (NRC) of the U.S. National Academies says that large-scale production of biofuels from algae is untenable with existing technology, as it would require the use of too much water, energy, and fertilizer. To improve Continue reading Large-Scale Algae Biofuels Currently Unsustainable, New Report Concludes

Can algae feed the world and fuel the planet? A Q&A with Craig Venter

[USA] The geneticist and entrepreneur hopes to use synthetic biology to transform microscopic algae into cells that eat up carbon dioxide, spit out oil and provide meals. Continue reading Can algae feed the world and fuel the planet? A Q&A with Craig Venter