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Tiny marine organisms as the key to global cycles
Marine microorganisms play a very important role in global cycles such as of the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (2020-04-06)
The ocean's 'biological pump' captures more carbon than expected
Scientists have long known that the ocean plays an essential role in capturing carbon from the atmosphere, but a new study from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that the efficiency of the ocean's 'biological carbon pump' has been drastically underestimated, with implications for future climate assessments. (2020-04-06)
An all-organic proton battery energized for sustainable energy storage
Sustainable energy storage is in great demand. Researchers at Uppsala University have therefore developed an all-organic proton battery that can be charged in a matter of seconds. (2020-04-02)
Flooding stunted 2019 cropland growing season, resulting in more atmospheric CO2
A new Caltech-JPL study determines the impact of the severe 2019 floods, and offers scientists a new tool for measuring regional-scale carbon dioxide absorption by plants. (2020-03-31)
Even bacteria need their space: Squished cells may shut down photosynthesis
Introverts take heart: When cells, like some people, get too squished, they can go into defense mode, even shutting down photosynthesis. (2020-03-23)
Open sesame: Micro RNAs regulate plant pores
Environmental cues prompt small RNA segments to regulate the development and distribution of tiny pores involved in photosynthesis in plants. (2020-03-19)
Nature-inspired green energy technology clears important development hurdle
A new material design has put the long-sought idea of using artificial photosynthesis to generate renewable fuel within reach (2020-03-19)
Technology to screen for higher-yielding crop traits is now more accessible to scientists
To drive progress toward higher-yielding crops, a team from the University of Illinois is revolutionizing the ability to screen plants for key traits across an entire field. (2020-03-16)
Plant physiology: Safeguarding chloroplasts from sunburn
Intense sunlight damages the chloroplasts that are essential for photosynthesis, and generates toxic products that can lead to cell death. (2020-03-12)
How plants protect themselves from sun damage
MIT chemists have observed, for the first time, one of the possible mechanisms that have been proposed for how plants dissipate energy when they are exposed to excess sunlight. (2020-03-10)
Method yielding high rate of D-lactate using cyanobacteria could revolutionize bioplastic production
The utilization of bioproduction to synthesize versatile chemical compounds that are usually derived from oil is vital for both the environment and resource sustainability. (2020-03-10)
Photosynthesis varies greatly across rice cultivars--natural diversity could boost yields
A team from the University of Illinois and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) examined how 14 diverse varieties photosynthesize--the process by which all crops convert sunlight energy into sugars that ultimately become our food. (2020-03-09)
Unexpected discovery: Blue-green algae produce oil
Cyanobacteria -- colloquially also called blue-green algae - can produce oil from water and carbon dioxide with the help of light. (2020-03-05)
Research shows microplastics are damaging to coral ecosystems
Coral endosymbionts exposed to microplastics experience significant reduction in population size as well as cell size. (2020-03-05)
A model proposed for predicting photodamage and development of plant protection mechanisms
Light is the main source of energy for photosynthesis, it underlies the production process in plants. (2020-03-04)
Marine cyanobacteria do not survive solely on photosynthesis
The University of Cordoba published a study in a journal from the Nature group that supports the idea that marine cyanobacteria also incorporate organic compounds from the environment. (2020-03-02)
Ocean changes almost starved life of oxygen
Chemical changes in the oceans more than 800 million years ago almost destroyed the oxygen-rich atmosphere that paved the way for complex life on Earth, new research suggests. (2020-03-02)
Boost soybean yields by adapting photosynthesis to fleeting shadows, according to model
Today a team from the University of Illinois reports a new mathematical computer model that is used to understand how much yield is lost as soybean crops grapple with minute-by-minute light fluctuations on cloudy and sunny days. (2020-02-24)
Towards a sustainable future -- Novel technology to measure energy conversion efficiency
Conversion of energy is a constant process but measuring the efficiency of this conversion is not an easy task. (2020-02-17)
Oceans: particle fragmentation plays a major role in carbon sequestration
A French-British team has just discovered that a little known process regulates the capacity of oceans to sequester carbon dioxide (CO2). (2020-02-13)
Local genetic adaption helps sorghum crop hide from witchweed
Sorgum crops in areas where the parasite witchweed is common have locally adapted to have mutations in a particular gene, which helps the plant resist the parasite. (2020-02-11)
Next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar powered
Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy - primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don't use for photosynthesis. (2020-02-07)
Fungi as food source for plants
The number of plant species that extract organic nutrients from fungi could be much higher than previously assumed. (2020-01-29)
Speedy recovery: New corn performs better in cold
Around the world, each person eats an average of 70 pounds of corn each year, with even more grown for animal feed and biofuel. (2020-01-29)
Monitoring intermediates in CO2 conversion to formate by metal catalyst
The production of formate from CO2 is considered an attractive strategy for the long-term storage of solar renewable energy in chemical form. (2020-01-29)
Another reason to reduce man-made ozone: To cool a warming planet
In a News and Views article in Nature Climate Change ('Cleaner Air is a Win-Win,') Lehigh University Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Benjamin S. (2020-01-27)
How old are they? Some non-photosynthetic orchids consist of dead wood
A research team led by Kobe University's Associate Professor SUETSUGU Kenji (of the Graduate School of Science's Department of Biology) has investigated the carbon age in some non-photosynthetic mycoheterotrophic plants. (2020-01-23)
Addressing global warming with new nanoparticles and sunshine
Harvesting sunlight, IBS scientists reported a new strategy to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen (O2) and pure carbon monoxide (CO) without side-products in water. (2020-01-21)
Insect bites and warmer climate means double-trouble for plants
Michigan State University scientists think that current models are incomplete and that we may be underestimating crop losses. (2020-01-20)
New study on a recently discovered chlorophyll molecule could be key to better solar cells
Photosynthesis, the process by which some organisms convert sunlight into chemical energy, is well known. (2020-01-15)
'Soil photosynthesis' helps to mitigate environmental pollution
An UCO research group has discovered that the effect from solar radiation produces an exchange of nitrogen gases in soil that allows for sequestering harmful gases and turning them into nitrate. (2020-01-15)
Plant physiology: One size may not suit all
A new study published by biologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich demonstrates that there are no simple or universal solutions to the problem of engineering plants to enable them to cope with the challenges posed by climate change. (2020-01-10)
Poplars genetically modified not to harm air quality grow as well as non-modified trees
Field trials in the Northwest and Southwest show that poplar trees can be genetically modified to reduce negative impacts on air quality while leaving their growth potential virtually unchanged. (2020-01-06)
Switching tracks: Reversing electrons' course through nature's solar cells
New research from Washington University in St. Louis and Argonne National Laboratory coaxes electrons down the track that they typically don't travel -- advancing understanding of the earliest light-driven events of photosynthesis. (2020-01-01)
A window into evolution
The C4 cycle supercharges photosynthesis and evolved independently more than 62 times. (2019-12-03)
Photosynthesis -- living laboratories
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich biologists Marcel Dann and Dario Leister have demonstrated for the first time that cyanobacteria and plants employ similar mechanisms and key proteins to regulate cyclic electron flow during photosynthesis. (2019-11-27)
Scientists clarify light harvesting in green algae
A new study by Chinese and Japanese researchers has now characterized the light-harvesting system of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a common unicellular green alga. (2019-11-26)
Forests face climate change tug of war
Increased carbon dioxide allows plants to photosynthesize more and use less water. (2019-11-25)
The global distribution of freshwater plants is controlled by catchment characteristics
Unlike land plants, photosynthesis in many aquatic plants relies on bicarbonate in addition to CO2 to compensate for the low availability of CO2 in water. (2019-11-15)
Catchment geology rules freshwater plant communities
Whether freshwater plant communities use carbon dioxide or bicarbonate for photosynthesis is largely related to the bicarbonate concentration in their local environment, according to a new study, the first global evaluation of bicarbonate use among aquatic plants. (2019-11-14)
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