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Using fungi to harvest microalgae for biofuels

[South Africa] Microalgae are a promising feedstock for biofuels, but current methods of harvesting and dewatering them are unsustainable. Now researchers have shown that growing the algae with certain filamentous fungi to form lichens can reduce both cost and the energy input. Continue reading Using fungi to harvest microalgae for biofuels

What are lichens and what are they doing on my tree?

Michigan State University Extension educators and specialists have recently received several calls from individuals concerned about strange growth on the branches or trunks of trees. In examining photos of the trees, the “problem” turned out to be lichens. This, as it turns out, is not a problem at all. Continue reading What are lichens and what are they doing on my tree?

Are sloths really so slow that algae grows on them?

The coarse hair of a sloth is more than just a nice coat. It actually is a complex ecosystem that plays host to algae and… moths. The sloth moth is a species whose entire existence revolves around the sloth. And in return for hosting these little insects in its coat, Continue reading Are sloths really so slow that algae grows on them?

Why we like lichens | Natural History

Lichens are most conspicuous in winter when vascular plants turn brown or lose their leaves: crinkly green rosettes on rocks and tree trucks, stringy greenish hair draped over branches, balls of pale “reindeer moss” resting on darker green carpets of moss. The lichens of the San Juan Islands are exceptionally diverse Continue reading Why we like lichens | Natural History

Week-long meeting on naming algae, fungi, and plants recorded for posterity

The week-long discussions and decisions of the Nomenclature Section of the XVIII International Botanical Congress took place in Melbourne, Australia in July 2011. This meeting is held every six years and it is where the world’s premier experts on the rules… Continue reading Week-long meeting on naming algae, fungi, and plants recorded for posterity

Hawaii Delivers $1.6 Million for Hilo Biofuel to Convert Unmarketable Papaya into Biofuel

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today presented a $1.6 million check on behalf of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) to the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin… Continue reading Hawaii Delivers $1.6 Million for Hilo Biofuel to Convert Unmarketable Papaya into Biofuel