Latest Green algae Stories

2009-08-11 12:41:21

France's northern coast is dealing with a build up of large amounts of putrefied green algae releasing poisonous fumes blamed for the recent death of a horse and the collapse of the rider, AFP reported. Local authorities have declared parts of the coastline off-limits, as they are currently unable to get rid of the decomposing seaweed that has washed up on shores in more than 80 communities across Brittany. Green groups have blamed intensive farming for producing nitrates that feed the...

2009-07-23 14:15:00

Striking high-speed footage shows 2 patterns of flagellar coordinationUsing high-speed cinematography, scientists at Cambridge University have discovered that individual algal cells can regulate the beating of their flagella in and out of synchrony in a manner that controls their swimming trajectories. Their research was published on the 24th July in the journal Science.The researchers studied the unicellular organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which has two hair-like appendages known as...

2009-04-21 17:07:45

Scientists at England's Cambridge University have discovered freshwater algae can form stable groupings in which they dance around each other. The researchers said they studied the multicellular organism Volvox, which consists of approximately 1,000 cells arranged on the surface of a spherical matrix about half a millimeter in diameter. Each of the surface cells has two hair-like appendages known as flagella, whose beating propels the colony through the fluid and simultaneously makes them...

2009-04-20 10:49:09

Unique footage shows 'waltzing' and 'minueting' Scientists at the Cambridge University have discovered that freshwater algae can form stable groupings in which they dance around each other, miraculously held together only by the fluid flows they create. Their research was published today in the journal Physical Review Letters. The researchers studied the multicellular organism Volvox, which consists of approximately 1,000 cells arranged on the surface of a spherical matrix about half a...

2009-03-30 10:04:00

RICHMOND, Va., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, showed that consumption of as little as 8 grams (1/3 ounce) of "Sun Chlorella A" daily resulted in noticeable reductions in body fat percentage, serum total cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose levels. For a 12-week period, 34 participants ingested four grams of "Sun Chlorella A" tablets each morning and evening. Seventeen subjects were healthy; the other 17 were at high risk for developing...

2009-02-19 14:40:35

Single-celled algae took the leap to multicellularity 200 million years ago Some algae have been hanging together rather than going it alone much longer than previously thought, according to new research. Ancestors of Volvox algae made the transition from being a single-celled organism to becoming a multicellular colony at least 200 million years ago, during the Triassic Period. At that time, Earth was a hot-house world whose inhabitants included tree ferns, dinosaurs and early mammals....

2009-01-27 11:57:05

Land plants' ability to sprout upward through the air, unsupported except by their own woody tissues, has long been considered one of the characteristics separating them from aquatic plants, which rely on water to support them. Now lignin, one of the chemical underpinnings vital to the self-supporting nature of land plants "“ and thought unique to them "“ has been found in marine algae by a team of researchers including scientists at UBC and Stanford University. Lignin, a...

2008-09-22 12:15:00

Scientists are trying to determine why large algae blooms have largely returned to Lake Erie. The blooms are toxic to fish and small animals. "Algae is a big deal, especially the microcystis, what is often called the blue-green algae," said Tom Bridgeman, a professor of environmental science at the University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center. "It's not aesthetically pleasing when it gets on boats or rots on the shore, but it can also be a health hazard." In fact, of the 11 samples takes Sept. 3...

2008-08-12 12:00:53

SEATTLE, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As human activity triggers more and more blooms of stinking, toxic algae known as "sea lettuce" around scenic Puget Sound, Blue Marble Energy Corp. announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Washington State Department of Ecology to help clean up part of the mess. And, as it does, Blue Marble Energy will provide a solution to an even larger challenge: converting this problematic algae into energy and bio-chemicals that displace petroleum products....

2008-08-11 12:01:14

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that people who live in Japan can expect to remain in good health longer than anybody else in the world. Japanese women, revered for both their ethereal beauty and health, live to be an average of around 82.5 years old. Why this is the case has been the focus of studies regarding their diet and lifestyle. In the Land of the Rising Sun, lifestyle and diet play a significant role in their overall health....

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