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How detecting light in the water affects how much food cyanobacteria get
How detecting light in the water affects how much food cyanobacteria get
February 15, 2018

Scientists have linked how water-dwelling bacteria monitor light wavelengths in their surroundings with their capacity to do photosynthesis. The research has medical/biofuels implications.

Tags: fundamental research, Montgomery lab
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How to build artificial nanofactories to power our futures: Logistics
How to build artificial nanofactories to power our futures: Logistics
October 31, 2017

A peek into the logistics of how bacterial nanofactories move electrons, towards creating chemical products. Future apps include renewable energy and medical tools.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all
Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all
October 10, 2017

When engineers want to speed up a system, they look for the slowest steps and make them faster. In plants, this approach potentially does more harm than good, says the Kramer lab.

Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
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Identifying a new family of light-responsive proteins
Identifying a new family of light-responsive proteins
October 2, 2017

The new family of proteins protects cyanobacteria from sunlight damage, and they are interesting for use in synthetic medical or renewable energy applications.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, Montgomery lab, fundamental research
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Turning the evolutionary clock back on a light-sensitive protein
Turning the evolutionary clock back on a light-sensitive protein
September 19, 2017

Scientists show how the two OCP parts interact and also create new synthetic versions of that protein. The goal is to use it in synthetic healthcare systems, powered by light.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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Perspectives on building nanofactories for energy and medical uses
Perspectives on building nanofactories for energy and medical uses
September 12, 2017

Scientists are learning how bacterial nanofactories are constructed in nature. Recent experiments show we could engineer their building blocks into new structures, for useful applications.

Tags: Ducat lab, green solutions
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Introducing PhotosynQ to Scientists in West Africa [LINK]
Introducing PhotosynQ to Scientists in West Africa [LINK]
August 30, 2017

A blog post by Dan TerAvest on a workshop with researchers from across West Africa in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with support from the McKnight Foundation.

Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
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Protecting plants from the power of sunlight
Protecting plants from the power of sunlight
July 13, 2017

Plants, like us, don’t like too much sunlight. The Kramer lab has figured a way to better measure how plants respond to excessive exposure, and the information might help us create more resilient plants.

Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
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A new chloroplast 'app' for making biofuels
A new chloroplast 'app' for making biofuels
July 11, 2017

In addition to doing photosynthesis, the chloroplast is the source of up to 10% of seed oil production in plants. Scientists are experimenting with harvesting that oil to make biofuels.

Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
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The ref and the fighter: two sides of plant defense
The ref and the fighter: two sides of plant defense
July 5, 2017

The Howe lab delves into how defense genes do more than just fight. They also tangle with growth functions.

Tags: Howe lab, fundamental research
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[VIDEO] Our first ever look at bacterial organelle shells
[VIDEO] Our first ever look at bacterial organelle shells
June 23, 2017

In a new Science publication, The Kerfeld lab show us the details of bacterial organelle shells for the first time ever, making it easier to target them for medical or renewable energy applications. 

Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions
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How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures
How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures
June 14, 2017

The Kerfeld lab has analyzed over 200 sets of cyanobacteria DNA. This knowledge is getting us closer to understanding how to build synthetic factories that will someday produce green fuels or products used to diagnose diseases.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality
Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality
May 16, 2017

The Brandizzi lab is showing how extreme heat negatively impacts seed quality in plants targeted for producing biofuels.

Tags: Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
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Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory
Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory
March 30, 2017

The new compartment, widely spread among different kinds of bacteria, might be reassembled to someday sustainably produce “green” chemicals, medicines, and renewable energy.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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From the lab to the world: solving big problems in agriculture and energy
From the lab to the world: solving big problems in agriculture and energy
March 22, 2017

Introducing MultispeQ, an affordable and sophisticated scientific instrument that measures plant health and photosynthetic parameters.

Tags: Kramer lab, PhotosynQ, green solutions
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Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis
Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis
January 24, 2017

Changes in leaf cell wall make-up can dramatically affect how large or thick leaves grow. This knowledge may help improve how crops intercept light and exchange gas with the atmosphere.

Tags: Brandizzi lab, Sharkey lab, fundamental research
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Managing photosynthesis' traffic jams
Managing photosynthesis' traffic jams
November 10, 2016

The Ducat lab has coaxed a lab-grown cyanobacteria to efficiently make and export sugar, a technique which could someday lead to greater biofuel production at lower cost.

Tags: Ducat lab, green solutions
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The dangers of overcharging your plants
The dangers of overcharging your plants
October 4, 2016

Capturing light to produce energy is a dangerous business for plants. The Kramer lab has discovered one important reason why, in their search for ways to improve crop yields.

Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
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Kramer lab's CoralspeQ featured in Nature magazine
Kramer lab's CoralspeQ featured in Nature magazine
September 22, 2016

The technology is featured alongside various new tools that are transforming marine science, as researchers rush to understand how coral reefs are affected by overfishing, pollution, global warming and ocean acidification.

Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
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CoralspeQ Debut at International Coral Reef Symposium
CoralspeQ Debut at International Coral Reef Symposium
September 12, 2016

Atsuko blogs on the debut of a PRL-built device that measures coral reef health. "If we continue the current practice of land-use, with no further pollution control, over-fishing & etc., coral reefs would disappear by 2070."

Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
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