[USA] Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using Continue reading Harnessing algae and fungi to create new biofuel system
[USA] University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered the first known molecular evidence of obligate symbiosis in lichens, Continue reading When it comes to genes, lichens embrace sharing economy
[Sweden, Spain] Symbiosis between fungi and microalgae gives rise to lichen. Some lichen, however, such as Lobaria scrobiculata, have a Continue reading Lichen that changes its reproductive strategy according to the climate
[Sweden] The chips are made of Matsutake, one of the world’s most sought-after species of fungi, and a special truffle seaweed. Continue reading This Swedish brewery created the world’s most expensive potato chips, at Rs 3,800 for 5 pieces
[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
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?
While we may unfairly think of the sloth as a lazy animal and buy onesies design to look like them as a way of expressing our own laziness, they are a valuable part of the ecosystem and, in many ways, an eco-system themselves! 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?
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
Amsterdam (AFP) – The world’s first “interactive microbe zoo” opened in Amsterdam on Tuesday, shining new light on the tiny creatures that make up two-thirds of all living matter and are vital for our planet’s future. Continue reading World’s first microbe ‘zoo’ opens in Amsterdam
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