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Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance
Tree rings tell the story of what's happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows. (2018-12-26)
Fire air pollution weakens forest productivity
Fire impacts on global carbon cycle. The damage to ecosystem productivity not only occurs in fire regimes, but also over the downwind areas through long-range transport of air pollution. (2018-12-21)
Structure and function of photosynthesis protein explained in detail
An international team of researchers has solved the structure and elucidated the function of photosynthetic complex I. (2018-12-21)
Greener days ahead for carbon fuels
A discovery by researchers at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis shows that recycling carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals and fuels can be economical and efficient -- all through a single copper catalyst. (2018-12-18)
Ocean fertilization by unusual microbes extends to frigid waters of Arctic Ocean
Microbes that provide natural fertilizer to the oceans by 'fixing' nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form useable by other organisms are active in the cold waters of the Bering and Chukchi Seas. (2018-12-10)
Could algae that are 'poor-providers' help corals come back after bleaching?
How much of a reef's ability to withstand stressful conditions is influenced by the type of symbiotic algae that the corals hosts? (2018-12-06)
Oxygen could have been available to life as early as 3.5 billion years ago
Microbes could have performed oxygen-producing photosynthesis at least one billion years earlier in the history of the Earth than previously thought. (2018-11-27)
UNH researchers discover new materials to generate solar fuel production
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have identified new, readily available materials that convert sunlight and carbon dioxide (CO2) into building blocks for liquid fuels that could one day heat homes and power cars. (2018-11-26)
PNW woodlands will be less vulnerable to drought, fire than Rocky Mountain, Sierra forests
Forests in the Pacific Northwest will be less vulnerable to drought and fire over the next three decades than those in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, computer modeling shows. (2018-11-16)
Fullerene compounds made simulation-ready
Hollow football-shaped carbon structures, called fullerenes, have applications in areas ranging from artificial photosynthesis and nonlinear optics, to the production of photoactive films and nanostructures. (2018-11-15)
Purple bacteria 'batteries' turn sewage into clean energy
Purple phototrophic bacteria -- which can store energy from light -- when supplied with an electric current can recover near to 100 percent of carbon from any type of organic waste, while generating hydrogen gas for use as fuel. (2018-11-13)
Scientists debunk potential link to crop cold tolerance
New research debunks a long-held theory that corn and other grass crops are susceptible to cold because they lack the space in their leaves needed to boost photosynthetic efficiency in low temperatures. (2018-11-12)
A bionic mushroom that generates electricity
In the quest to replace fossil fuels, scientists are always on the lookout for alternative, environmentally friendly sources of energy. (2018-11-07)
Researchers capture in-action images of photosynthetic protein complex splitting water
In a new article published in Nature an international research team presents high-resolution images of photosystem II, the protein complex that splits water into hydrogen ions and oxygen during photosynthesis. (2018-11-07)
Dry conditions may have helped a new type of plant gain a foothold on Earth
Plants reap energy from the sun using two photosynthesis pathways, C3 and C4. (2018-11-07)
Improving climate models to account for plant behavior yields 'goodish' news
Climate scientists have not been properly accounting for what plants do at night, and that, it turns out, is a mistake. (2018-10-29)
A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, have developed an artificial photosynthesis device called a ''hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic (HPEV) cell'' that turns sunlight and water into two types of energy - hydrogen fuel and electricity. (2018-10-29)
Photosynthesis like a moss
Moss evolved after algae but before vascular land plants, such as ferns and trees, making them an interesting target for scientists studying photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight to fuel. (2018-10-29)
CCNY study breaks Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET) distance limit
Using engineered nanocomposite structures called metamaterials, a City College of New York-led research team reports the ability to measure a significant increase in the energy transfer between molecules. (2018-10-25)
Heredity matters: Ancestral protease functions as protein import motor in chloroplasts
Japanese researchers identified a large novel protein complex in the inner chloroplast membrane that functions as a motor to import proteins into the chloroplast. (2018-10-22)
Overspending on defense arsenal bankrupts a plant's economy
The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory has genetically tuned a plant to become highly resistant to insect attacks. (2018-10-22)
How plants bind their green pigment chlorophyll
Water-soluble protein helps to understand the photosynthetic apparatus. (2018-10-18)
3D imaging opens door to better understanding of fascinating leaf complexity
Leading biologists launch global rallying cry to overhaul theoretical models of carbon-water exchange and photosynthesis using 3D imaging. (2018-10-16)
This bacterium gets paid in gold
UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab scientists have placed light-absorbing gold nanoclusters inside a bacterium, creating a biohybrid system that produces a higher yield of chemical products, such as biofuels, than previously demonstrated. (2018-10-09)
Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas
In a new scientific article, researchers at Uppsala University describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enzyme that functions in the metabolism of living cells. (2018-10-04)
A warmer spring leads to less plant growth in summer
Due to climate change, springtime growth begins earlier each year. (2018-10-03)
Green algae, white noise: Gas bubbles produced during photosynthesis 'ring' upon release
Gas bubbles released by marine algae during photosynthesis produce sound whose intensity correlates with the degree of algal cover on coral reefs, according to a study published Oct. (2018-10-03)
High CO2 levels cause plants to thicken their leaves, could worsen climate change effects
When levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise, most plants do something unusual: They thicken their leaves. (2018-10-01)
Designing a more productive corn able to cope with future climates
An international research team has found they can increase corn productivity by targeting the enzyme in charge of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere. (2018-10-01)
'Turbocharging' photosynthesis in corn hikes yield
Scientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Cornell University have boosted a carbon-craving enzyme called RuBisCO to turbocharge photosynthesis in corn. (2018-10-01)
UM researchers find precipitation thresholds regulate carbon exchange
One of the major sources of uncertainty about the future climate is whether ecosystems will continue to take up carbon dioxide or release it to the atmosphere. (2018-09-25)
Photosynthesis discovery could help next-gen biotechnologies
Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Münster (WWU) have purified and visualized the 'Cyclic Electron Flow' (CEF) supercomplex, a critical part of the photosynthetic machinery in all plants, in a discovery that could help guide the development of next-generation solar biotechnologies. (2018-09-24)
New discovery of a photobase so strong, it merits moniker of 'super'
A new discovery of a light-induced super photobase at Michigan State University is revealing some of photosynthesis' desirable traits. (2018-09-17)
Golden sandwich could make the world more sustainable
Scientists have developed a photoelectrode that can harvest 85 percent of visible light in a 30 nanometers-thin semiconductor layer between gold layers, converting light energy 11 times more efficiently than previous methods. (2018-09-09)
Renewable energy sources: All-in-one light-driven water splitting
Solar-powered water splitting is a promising means of generating clean and storable energy. (2018-09-06)
Scientists pioneer a new way to turn sunlight into fuel
A new study, led by academics at St John's College, University of Cambridge, used semi-artificial photosynthesis to explore new ways to produce and store solar energy. (2018-09-03)
Blue-green algae promises to help boost food crop yields
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in a breakthrough that promises to help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas and cassava. (2018-09-03)
How the forest copes with the summer heat
Between April and August this year, Switzerland and central Europe have experienced the driest summer season since 1864. (2018-08-29)
Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air
ETH researchers have shown that during drier years the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster because stressed ecosystems absorb less carbon. (2018-08-29)
To float or not to float? Mystery solved as to why algae balls float and sink
Scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered the age-old mystery of why marimo algae balls sink at night and float during the day. (2018-08-20)
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