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A Toxic Chemical in Marine Ecosystems Turns Out to Play a Beneficial Role

July 22, 2019

Destructive free radicals exist in marine ecosystems and are thought to degrade the cells of phytoplankton and other organisms. A new paper, however, suggests that these molecules actually play a beneficial role, upending some conventional wisdom.

Scripps Grad Students Bring Cutting-edge Science to Local K-12 Classrooms

January 30, 2014

…algae and learned about diatoms, which are single-celled phytoplankton, and primary producers in the ocean. Primary producers are organisms that capture sunlight through photosynthesis, and they serve as the foundation of the aquatic food web. While investigating her newfound curiosity for diatoms, Lerch discovered that Scripps Oceanography houses a cutting-edge…

Phenomenal Phytoplankton: Scientists Uncover Cellular Process Behind Oxygen Production

May 31, 2023

According to new research, the amount of oxygen in one of 10 breaths was made possible thanks to a newly identified cellular mechanism that promotes photosynthesis in marine phytoplankton. The study, led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was published May 31 in Current Biology.

Key Biological Mechanism Is Disrupted by Ocean Acidification

March 14, 2018

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, J. Craig Venter Institute, and colleagues show a direct connection between the effects of ocean acidification and the health of phytoplankton at the base of the marine food chain by showing how the loss of seawater carbonate hampers the ability…

Scripps Oceanography Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production

November 20, 2013

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae.

Domoic Acid Decoded: Scientists Discover Genetic Basis for How Harmful Algal Blooms Become Toxic

September 27, 2018

A team led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has uncovered the genetic basis for the production of domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin produced by harmful algal blooms.

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research

March 4, 2014

A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the country for algal biofuels research, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography as top in the nation.

Scripps Scientists Awarded Nearly $5 Million to Study Triggers of Toxic Algal Blooms

October 28, 2019

Researchers are gearing up to hunt for blooms along California’s coast using a suite of technologies that can target and sample ocean microbes and sift through genetic code in real time. All of this is made possible by a new $4.9 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Science Foundation Profiles Innovative Ocean Aerosol Program

December 1, 2014

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will profile the UC San Diego-based Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE) in a video to be premiered Nov. 21.

Disappearance of Coral Reefs, Drastically Altered Marine Food Web on the Horizon

August 5, 2013

If history’s closest analog is any indication, the look of the oceans will change drastically in the future as the coming greenhouse world alters marine food webs and gives certain species advantages over others.

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