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How algae can make plastic from sunshine, carbon, and a little bit of love

[USA] We build with it, eat from it, wear it, let our kids play on it, drive around in it, and decorate our houses with it. It fills our landfills, pollutes our oceans, occasionally leaches toxic chemicals into the environment, and makes your Continue reading How algae can make plastic from sunshine, carbon, and a little bit of love

Ethylene Production Via Sunlight Opens Door to Future

[USA] Here’s the future of ethylene production as Dr. Jianping Yu sees it.

“We envision some farms in the field that cover many acres. We will have cyanobacteria harvesting sunlight and CO2 and then produce ethylene or ethylene derivatives,” said Yu, a research scientist in the Photobiology Group at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Continue reading Ethylene Production Via Sunlight Opens Door to Future

Algae use same molecular machinery as land plants to respond to a plant hormone

Land-based plants—including the fruits and vegetables in your kitchen—produce and respond to hormones in order to survive. Scientists once believed that hormone signaling machinery only existed in these relatively complex plants. But new research from the University of Maryland shows that some types of freshwater algae can also detect ethylene gas—the same stress hormone found in land plants—and might use these signals to adapt to Continue reading Algae use same molecular machinery as land plants to respond to a plant hormone