Navigation Links
Insight into plant behavior could aid quest for efficient biofuels
Date:6/28/2011

Tiny seawater algae could hold the key to crops as a source of fuel and plants that can adapt to changing climates.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that the tiny organism has developed coping mechanisms for when its main food source is in short supply.

Understanding these processes will help scientists develop crops that can survive when nutrients are scarce and to grow high-yield plants for use as biofuels.

The alga normally feeds by ingesting nitrogen from surrounding seawater but, when levels are low, it reduces its intake and instead absorbs other nutrients, such as carbon and phosphorus, from the water. The organism is also able to recycle nitrogen from its own body, breaking down proteins that are plentiful to make other proteins that it needs to survive.

Nitrogen is needed by all plants to survive but the alga's survival strategies vary from most other plants which, when nitrogen is scarce, tend to widen their search for it.

Like many organisms, the alga Ostreococcus tauri is also driven by daylight and its body clock for example, proteins that produce starch for food are active in the evening, after the plant has photosynthesised sugars from sunlight in the day.

The study, in the Journal of Proteomics, was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Dr Sarah Martin, of the University of Edinburgh, who took part in the study, said: "This tiny alga certainly punches above its weight when it comes to survival. Our study has revealed some curious ways in which the organism finds the nutrients it needs to stay alive tricks like these could be useful to us in developing sustainable crops for the future."


'/>"/>

Contact: Catriona Kelly
catriona.kelly@ed.ac.uk
44-131-651-4401
University of Edinburgh
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Study provides insight on a common heart rhythm disorder
2. New molecular insight into vertebrate brain development
3. New insight into the controls on a go-to enzyme
4. New papers offer insights into process of malarial drug resistance
5. Rong Li Lab offers insight into adaptive ability of cells
6. New infant feeding and obesity research adds insight to ongoing issue
7. Mixing genomics and geography yields insights into life and environment
8. New insight into how bees see
9. New insights into a leading poultry disease and its risks to human health
10. New paper offers key insights into how new species emerge
11. Mixed population provides insights into human genetic makeup
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/22/2014)... , Oct. 20, 2014  Leading identity analyst ... time half of the world,s population will have a ... Europe . Asia ... the market accounting for more than 60% of all ... Acuity,s report  -- "The Global National eID ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... with undiagnosed, suspected genetic conditions, a certain type of ... diagnostic yield than traditional molecular diagnostic methods, according to ... is being released to coincide with the American Society ... sequences the protein­coding region of the genome (the complete ... cell or organism), has been rapidly applied in research ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... war on the human body. Battles are won, ... pancreatic cancer, this stalemate—known as tumor dormancy—can last ... a phenomena that is poorly understood. , ... of Salvatore Torquato, a Professor of Chemistry at ... tumor dormancy and the switch to a malignant ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Half the World's Population Will Have Chip-Based National Electronic Identity (eID) Cards by 2018 2Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 2Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 3Modeling tumor dormancy 2
... is your goal, you can't do better than to emulate ... and an unusual pitching stroke that allows the bug to ... is a marvel of engineering. , Z. Jane Wang, professor ... research on flying systems and fluid dynamics today (Feb. 19) ...
... at The Zucker Hillside Hospital campus of The ... of a gene that appears to influence intelligence. ... Center for Genetics and Genomics in Boston, the ... individuals with schizophrenia, a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by ...
... scientists and doctors with the Physicians Committee for Responsible ... grow live cells in the laboratory. At issue is ... by puncturing the heart of a fetal calf without ... in a medium free of animal serum, enabling scientists ...
Cached Biology News:Scientist uses dragonflies to better understand flight 2Feinstein researchers identify intelligence gene 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... /PRNewswire/ - iCo Therapeutics ("iCo" or "the Company") (TSX-V: ... its Oral Amphotericin B program.  The company recently ... work involving samples from HIV/AIDS patients exposed ... pre clinical studies and regulatory filings to move ... utilizing approximately $700,000 of funding and technological advice ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Oct. 20, 2014 Mapp Biopharmaceutical,s valiant ... antibody therapeutic to fight the Ebola outbreak will ... time-consuming the production of pharmaceuticals can be, according ... said that while some may be taken aback ... those with industry knowledge are well aware of ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... -- GenVec, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNVC ) today announced the ... board of directors effective on October 24, 2014.   Dr. Horovitz ... its chairman from June 2006 to November 2013.  During his ... and Audit Committees of the board.  "We ... service to GenVec, and its stockholders," said Wayne T. ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... The Latin American hardware encryption display market ... with analysis and forecast of revenue. This market was ... to reach $2,366.8 million by 2018, at a CAGR ... the TOC of the Latin American hardware encryption market ... provided. It also provides a glimpse of the segmentation ...
Breaking Biology Technology:iCo Therapeutics Announces Advancement of Oral Amphotericin B Program 2iCo Therapeutics Announces Advancement of Oral Amphotericin B Program 3Kalorama: ZMapp Highlights Need For Faster Biopharmaceutical Production 2Kalorama: ZMapp Highlights Need For Faster Biopharmaceutical Production 3Zola P. Horovitz To Retire From GenVec Board 2The Latin American hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $2,366.8 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Latin American hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $2,366.8 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3
... 3SBio Inc. (Nasdaq:,SSRX), a leading China-based biotechnology company ... today,announced the results of the shareholder votes at ... September 12, 2008 (Friday) at 10:00 a.m.,(Beijing time)., ... Dr. Jing Lou,Liping Xu, Bin Huang, Lawrence S. ...
... in Routine Vaccination Program ... -, COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., Sept. 15 Wyeth,Pharmaceuticals, ... today announced that,South Africa has initiated an immunization ... Vaccine,Adsorbed), a vaccine which helps protect infants and ...
... Bulletin Board: CBPC) announced today that it has filed ... an amendment to its Certificate,of Incorporation to effect a ... ("Common Stock") will begin trading on a,reverse-split basis on ... By unanimous written consent dated July 3, 2008 the ...
Cached Biology Technology:South Africa Begins Introduction of PREVENAR into Childhood Immunization Program 2South Africa Begins Introduction of PREVENAR into Childhood Immunization Program 3South Africa Begins Introduction of PREVENAR into Childhood Immunization Program 4China Biopharma Effects 1 for 100 Reverse Stock Split 2China Biopharma Effects 1 for 100 Reverse Stock Split 3
...
... is the first fully genetically encoded fluorescent ... intracellular hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), one of the ... the basis of yellow fluorescent protein inserted ... protein OxyR (OxyR-RD), HyPer demonstrates submicromolar affinity ...
Alexa Fluor 647 anti-mouse Qa-2...
... essential for hunting and analyzing the ... as EST sequencing projects, microarrays, functional ... is developed for normalization of cDNA ... for directional cloning. While most normalization ...
Biology Products: