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Science snapshots: New nitrides, artificial photosynthesis, and TMDC semiconductors
From Berkeley Lab: groundbreaking study maps out paths to new nitride materials; new framework for artificial photosynthesis; TMDCs don't have to be perfect to shine bright. (2019-06-17)
It's not easy being green
Despite how essential plants are for life on Earth, little is known about how parts of plant cells orchestrate growth and greening. (2019-06-14)
Sleep, wake, repeat: How do plants work on different time zones?
Researchers at the Earlham Institute, UK, have developed a new method to reliably measure plant circadian clocks and how different plants respond to day and night, and that these circadian rhythms change as they age. (2019-06-03)
Urban pollution enhances up to 400% formation of aerosols over the Amazon rainforest
This phenomenon affects cloud production and rainfall, with consequences for the local and global climate, which researchers have warned about in the study published in Nature Communications. (2019-06-03)
ASU team throws new light on photosynthetic supercomplex structure
A team of scientists from Arizona State University has taken a significant step closer to unlocking the secrets of photosynthesis, by determining the structure of a very large photosynthetic supercomplex. (2019-05-27)
A forest 'glow' reveals awakening from hibernation
Gross Primary Production (GPP) in forests tells scientists how much CO2 these vast and remote systems are breathing in. (2019-05-27)
How plant cells neutralize the potential for self-harm
Photosynthesis makes our atmosphere oxygen-rich and forms the bedrock of our food supply. (2019-05-23)
Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage
One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that's generated from wind, solar and waves. (2019-05-23)
Big energy savings for tiny machines
In a ground-breaking study, a team led by Simon Fraser University physics professor David Sivak demonstrates for the first time a strategy for manipulating the trillions of tiny molecular nanomachines inside us that work to keep us alive, to maximize efficiency and conserve energy. (2019-05-22)
Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuels
Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. (2019-05-22)
Ammonium fertilized early life on earth
A Syracuse University professor has demonstrated that ammonium -- an odiferous chemical compound, often used in fertilizer -- was a vital source of nitrogen for early life on Earth. (2019-05-21)
How plants are working hard for the planet
As the planet warms, plants are working to slow the effect of human-caused climate change -- and research published today in Trends in Plant Science has assessed how plants are responding to increasing carbon dioxide (CO2). (2019-05-16)
Study reports breakthrough to measure plant improvements to help farmers boost production
Today, scientists have shown a new technology can more quickly scan an entire field of plants to capture improvements in their natural capacity to harvest energy from the sun. (2019-05-16)
It's not just fish, plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help us breathe
Ten percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from just one kind of bacteria in the ocean. (2019-05-14)
A late-night disco in the forest reveals tree performance
A group of researchers from the University of Helsinki has found a ground breaking new method to facilitate the observation of photosynthetic dynamics in vegetation. (2019-05-13)
Discovery of the photosensor for yellow-green light-driven photosynthesis in cyanobacteria
Cyanobacteria, a type of bacteria that performs photosynthesis, utilize a photosensor to maximize their light-harvesting capacity under different light environments. (2019-05-09)
Driving chemical reactions with light
How can chemical reactions be triggered by light, following the example of photosynthesis in nature? (2019-05-06)
Using DNA templates to harness the sun's energy
As the world struggles to meet the increasing demand for energy, coupled with the rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere from deforestation and the use of fossil fuels, photosynthesis in nature simply cannot keep up with the carbon cycle. (2019-04-25)
Veritable powerhouses -- even without DNA
The cells of most life forms contain mitochondria for energy production. (2019-04-24)
Climate change impacts peatland CO2 gas exchange primarily via moisture conditions
A new study led by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland and Natural Resources Institute Finland suggests that peatland CO2 exchange is more strongly influenced by drying than warming as such, and that soil moisture may be critical to determining whether fen ecosystems are able to adapt to a changing climate. (2019-04-08)
Just how much does enhancing photosynthesis improve crop yield?
In the next two decades, crop yields need to increase dramatically to feed the growing global population. (2019-04-08)
HZB contributions to special edition on ultrafast dynamics with X-ray methods
In the new special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, internationally renowned experts report on new developments in X-ray sources and ultrafast time-resolved experiments. (2019-04-04)
Scientists discover first organism with chlorophyll genes that doesn't photosynthesize
For the first time scientists have found an organism that can produce chlorophyll but does not engage in photosynthesis. (2019-04-03)
Speedier stomata in optogenetically enhanced plants improve growth and conserve water
By introducing an extra ion channel into the stomata of mustard plants, researchers have developed a new a way to speed up the stomatal response in their leaves. (2019-03-28)
Old for new, using ancient genetic variation to supercharge wheat
A global, collaborative effort led by the Earlham Institute, UK and CIMMYT, Mexico sheds light on the genetic basis of biomass accumulation and efficiency in use of light, both of which are bottlenecks in yield improvement in wheat. (2019-03-27)
ELSI scientist constructs artificial photosynthetic cells
Scientists build artificial cells as models of primitive cells. Research team have constructed artificial cells using minimal components that are able to supply energy to drive gene expression inside a microcompartment, thus these artificial cells can produce energy that helps synthesize parts of the cells themselves. (2019-03-25)
Revealing the plant genes that shaped our world
The creation of new library of mutants of the single-celled photosynthetic green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii enabled a Carnegie- and Princeton University-led team of plant scientists to identify more than 300 genes that are potentially required for photosynthesis. (2019-03-21)
Discovery of parasitic arsenic cycle may offer glimpse of life in future, warmer oceans
A newly discovered parasitic cycle, in which ocean bacteria keep phytoplankton on an energy-sapping treadmill of nutrient detoxification, may offer a preview of what further ocean warming will bring. (2019-03-19)
Algal library lends insights into genes for photosynthesis
To identify genes involved in photosynthesis, researchers built a library containing thousands of single-celled algae, each with a different gene mutation. (2019-03-18)
Largest carbon dioxide sink in renewable forests
Forests are the filters of our Earth: they clean the air, remove dust particles, and produce oxygen. (2019-03-13)
At the limits of detectability
While spectroscopic measurements are normally averaged over myriad molecules, a new method developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich provides precise information about the interaction of individual molecules with their environment. (2019-03-07)
When temperatures drop, Siberian Miscanthus plants surpass main bioenergy variety
Miscanthus is a popular, sustainable, perennial feedstock for bioenergy production that thrives on marginal land in temperate regions. (2019-02-26)
An easier way to engineer plants
MIT researchers have developed a genetic tool that could make it easier to engineer plants that can survive drought or resist fungal infections. (2019-02-25)
Grasses can acquire genes from neighboring plants
Published in the Feb. 18, 2019, edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a study led by an international team including Guillaume Besnard, CNRS researcher at the 'Evolution et diversité biologique' laboratory (CNRS/IRD/Université Toulouse III -- Paul Sabatier), reveals that the genome of Alloteropsis semialata, a grass found in Australia, contains nearly 60 genes acquired from at least nine donor grasses species. (2019-02-18)
New molecular blueprint advances our understanding of photosynthesis
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have used one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to reveal the structure of a large protein complex crucial to photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into cellular energy. (2019-02-14)
Following the light
Considering that light is the driving force behind the growth and productivity of reef ecosystems, scientists are interested in understanding the relationship between primary productivity and varying light conditions. (2019-02-05)
Growing the tallest is not always the best option
Plants compete with each other for sunlight, which is essential for plants to feed and grow. (2019-02-05)
How bacteria build hyper-efficient photosynthesis machines
Researchers facing a future with a larger population and more uncertain climate are looking for ways to improve crop yields, and they're looking to photosynthetic bacteria for engineering solutions. (2019-01-24)
Semiconductors combine forces in photocatalysis
A significant advance in the photocatalytic activity of conventional materials is demonstrated by a two-dimensional heterostructure comprising nanolayers of two semiconductors: black phosphorus and bismuth tungstate. (2019-01-24)
Plants blink: Proceeding with caution in sunlight
Plants have control mechanisms that resemble those in human senses. (2019-01-22)
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