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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.

Solar Fuels Conference Comes to Campus

June 15, 2017

…algae biofuels and artificial photosynthesis research—specifically the work of Stephen Mayfield, a professor of biology, and Clifford Kubiak, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Stephen Mayfield, at right, with green algae growing in bags in a campus greenhouse. “This meeting is about jobs, the thousands of jobs that will come…

Proton Pump Found to Regulate Blood pH in Stingrays

August 19, 2016

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have discovered the same enzyme used by “boneworms” to dissolve whale carcasses, and that helps promote photosynthesis in corals, also regulates blood pH in stingrays.

Rising CO2 Leading to Changes in Land Plant Photosynthesis

September 11, 2017

Researchers led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have determined that major changes in plant behavior have occurred over the past 40 years, using measurements of subtle changes in the carbon dioxide (CO2) currently found in the atmosphere.

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.

Nanotrees Harvest the Sun’s Energy to Turn Water into Hydrogen Fuel

March 7, 2012

University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy without using fossil fuels and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation. Reporting in the journal Nanoscale, the team said nanowires, which are made from abundant natural materials like…

Andrew Benson: World-Renowned Scripps Plant Biochemist

January 23, 2015

Andrew Alm Benson, a distinguished emeritus professor of biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and renowned as one of the world’s leading plant scientists of the twentieth century, died peacefully from natural causes on Jan. 16, 2015, at UC San Diego’s Thornton Hospital. He was 97.

Kyoto Prize Symposium Inspires Future Scientists

April 5, 2018

…developed process-based models for photosynthesis that have advanced understanding of how plants work, how much water they need, and how much they can grow as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels increase. His work has led to the development of drought-tolerant strains of wheat and other crops, and has advanced understanding of…

Report: Geoengineering Plans Must Account for Ecosystem Impacts

December 13, 2011

…dioxide emissions by accelerating photosynthesis. They have been the subject of several Congressional hearings and at least one session of the English Houses of Parliament. But Leinen and Lynn Russell, a professor of atmospheric chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, are among researchers who note that one…

Researchers Identify Elusive Carbon Dioxide Sensor in Plants that Controls Water Loss

December 7, 2022

UC San Diego scientists have identified a long-sought carbon dioxide sensor in plants, a discovery that holds implications for trees, crops and wildfires. The researchers found that two proteins work together to form the sensor, which is key for water evaporation, photosynthesis and plant growth.

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