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Putrid green algae spreads across shores of Lake Baikal

A foul-smelling and slimy green algae is spreading rapidly across Baikal amid fears it could eventually cause damage to the unique eco-system. Experts say the famous stretch of water, which is the world’s deepest freshwater lake, is at threat of contamination from the Continue reading Putrid green algae spreads across shores of Lake Baikal

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