(Nanowerk News) Photosynthesis sustains most of the life on our planet. It harvests energy from sunlight, while generating oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The process takes place in the chloroplasts of plants and algae. Researchers in the Continue reading Scientists reveal structure of alga chloroplast in 3D
[Global] The bond between coral and algae, on which an entire ecosystem rests, must be protected. Continue reading The reef knot
A genetically engineered tobacco plant, developed with two genes from blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), holds promise for improving the yields of many food crops.
Plants photosynthesize – convert carbon dioxide, water and light into oxygen and sucrose, a sugar used for energy and for building new plant tissue – but cyanobacteria can perform photosynthesis significantly more quickly than many crops can. Continue reading Plant engineered for more efficient photosynthesis
How can sacoglossan sea slugs perform photosynthesis – a process usually associated with plants? Kleptoplasty describes a special type of endosymbiosis where a host organism retain photosynthetic organelles from their algal prey…
Continue reading Pigment profile in the photosynthetic sea slug Elysia viridis
Stop the Green Dream presses. Julian Melchiorri has built a leaf that absorbs CO2 and sunlight and produces oxygen. Rather than just growing a plant like most of us who want leaves in our lives, Melchiorri’s work got positively semi-scientific… Continue reading Art Student Makes Synthetic Leaf (seaweed) Using Silk