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  • Scientists unlock some key secrets of photosynthesis

    New research led by chemists in the Baruch '60 Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is seeking to detail the individual steps of highly efficient reactions that convert sunlight into chemical energy within plants and bacteria. In a paper published in the recent edition of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science, the ...


    By FLS Energy

  • Rubisco activase best clue for better photosynthesis in fluctuating light

    Scientists and plant breeders who are aiming to improve food production by improving photosynthesis in crop plants, would make a good choice if they chose to change the composition and concentration of the protein Rubisco activase. In conditions where light intensity changes often and strongly, Rubisco activase is an important limiting factor in boosting the photosynthesis process when light ...

  • Common Pesticide Reduces Food Value of Algae

    SILVER SPRING, Maryland (ENS) - Researchers with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have identified negative effects of the commonly used herbicide atrazine on phytoplankton, the free-floating algae that form the base of the food chain for aquatic animals. Published in the current issue of the journal 'Pesticide-Biochemistry and Physiology,' the study indicates protein levels ...

  • ARPA-E Provides $300,000 In Third Round Funding For PETROSS Project

    In May of 2016, the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) awarded the University of Illinois and the University of Florida $300,000 to continue researching ultra-productive biofuel crops. The research project is called Plants Engineered To Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS), and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Pilot plant Photanol process operational

    Photanol represents a process in which blue green algae combine photosynthesis with fermentation to convert CO2 under the influence of light in organic products e.g. ethanol, ethylene or lactic acid. After the “proof of concept” was delivered financial government support was obtained to build a pilot plant. This pilot was designed ...


    By Colsen International b.v.

  • TruLite LED Releases Updated Spectral Output For Their LED Plant Grow Lights

    TruLite LED has officially released their latest update and adjustment to spectral output for their LED plant grow lights. Through continuous research and development of their solid state chip configuration, yields just keep getting better. The use of specific colors in very precise wavelengths in their grow lights is important as research continues. These tweaks are done ...


    By TruLite Industries

  • GM crops can thrive as climate warms

    Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. Researchers at ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Plant diversity: the secret to more nitrogen and carbon in soil

    Plants play a key role in soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) accumulation. New research suggests that plant diversity may have an important role to play in stimulating C and N storage in some soils. The findings suggest ways to improve carbon sequestration in grasslands and increase biomass production, for example for biofuel crops on nitrogen limited soils. Soil could be an important carbon sink ...

  • TruLite Industries, LLC Releases Tru-Band™ Technology For LED Grow Lights

    TruLite Industries seeks to set the standard for accuracy in wavelengths used for their LED grow lights with the introduction of Tru-Band™ Technology. With Tru-Band™ Technology in all of TruLite's products, customers can be sure they are getting accurate and precise wavelengths delivered to their plants. This technology works based on the science of ...


    By TruLite Industries

  • The risks of oxygen depletion and enrichment in aquaculture

    Oxygen depletion is a concern on both dry land and in aquatic environments. Dissolved oxygen is present in water and comes from the atmosphere and also photosynthesis by aquatic plants. Dissolved oxygen is necessary to many forms of life including fish, invertebrates, bacteria and plants. Fish and crustaceans obtain oxygen for respiration through their gills, while plant life and phytoplankton ...


    By Analox Sensor Technology

  • Discovering how nanoparticles affect the environment

    Although nanotechnology remains at an early stage of development, engineered nanoparticles are already interacting with fungi, bacteria and algae in natural ecosystems. A recent paper indentifies gaps in our knowledge about this interaction which require intensive attention. Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) are of a more regular shape and composition than those formed naturally (e.g. by volcanoes) ...

  • Combatting diseases in the greenhouse before they become visible

    A camera that maps photosynthesis, a DNA test that can measure the slightest traces of pathogens, or a precision spray system that only affects the plant and not the surrounding air… The Gezonde Kas (‘healthy greenhouse’) project has, over the last four years, allowed for the development of a sophisticated system of monitoring and disease control. It is now ready for practical ...

  • Lighting strategies for LEDs in greenhouse horticulture

    The use of assimilation lighting in greenhouse horticulture has increased by 10% per year during the past decade, leading to a considerable increase in electricity consumption. LED lighting systems have a variety of advantages, ranging from their small size, high energy conversion efficiency to the option to emit specific wavelengths. In the EU project HI-LED, Wageningen UR Greenhouse ...

  • New foliar nutrient to improve sugar beet yields

    How it works The early growth stage is crucial to sugar beet yield, as sugar accumulation begins from very early in the growth cycle. Optimising nutrition during this important early phase encourages more even, healthy leaf growth and more productive photosynthesis when the sun shines. With the higher nutrient demand of sugar beet for NPK, Magnesium and essential micronutrients such ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • Test and demonstrate water-saving in the Middle East

    Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is involved in the Middle East setting up research centers in the field of water saving with the aim to test and demonstrate water-saving technology under local conditions. The technology for soilless cultivation with possible recirculation of drain water is an important topic in these centers. Water is not only used for the plants though, a larger part is ...

  • Nucleic Acids Research Journal Publishes Sapphire Energy Peer-Reviewed Research Paper on a Chloroplast Genome From Green Algae

            SAN DIEGO, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based crude oil, today announced that Nucleic Acids Research Journal has published its white paper, "An exogenous chloroplast genome for complex sequence manipulation in ...


    By Sapphire Energy

  • Nitrogen use by warm-season grasses for biomass production

    Perennial, warm-season grasses are being evaluated as potential renewable energy crops. These species are well-suited for the production of biomass for energy applications because they utilize C4 photosynthesis and are perennial. Grasses that employ the C4 photosynthetic pathway use water, nitrogen (N), and solar radiation more efficiently than plants having the C3 pathway, and therefore are ...

  • Model predicts shifts in carbon absorption by forest canopies

    An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist participated in a project to fine-tune computer models that can indicate when forest 'carbon sinks' become net carbon generators instead. The results will help pinpoint the effectiveness of trees in offsetting carbon releases that contribute to higher atmospheric temperatures and global climate change. ARS plant physiologist ...

  • Scientists find ozone levels already affecting soybean yields

    Current atmospheric ozone levels are already suppressing soybean yields, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and university cooperators studying the effect of global climate change on crops. ARS plant physiologists Don Ort and Carl Bernacchi, molecular biologist Lisa Ainsworth and geneticist Randall Nelson have been working with University of Illinois scientists on a ...

  • Increasing aridity will disrupt soil nutrient cycles in global drylands

    The drying of soils under global warming could disrupt the balance of nutrients in large areas of the Earth’s land surface, according to new research. The study focused on ‘drylands’ – arid areas with low levels of rainfall – which support over 38% of the world’s population. Such nutrient imbalances could diminish the provision of ecosystem services, such as ...

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