Marine microbes in a changing ocean

2017-05-19T10:07:32+00:00

Marine microbes in a changing ocean Phytoplankton in the global ocean contribute significantly to life on Earth by performing approximately half of global carbon fixation and producing almost half of the oxygen in our atmosphere. These organisms are essentially micro-algae, which are microscopic plants – the so-called ‘rainforests’ of the sea – that [...]

Thraustochytrids for biotechnological applications

2017-05-19T10:07:32+00:00

Thraustochytrids for biotechnological applications Thraustochytrids are osmotrophic protists widely spread around the world in seawater. The image above shows thraustochytrid cells localised and feeding on the surface of three pollen grains. For a long time thraustochytrids were classified as fungi and largely ignored by the scientific world. Recently, these somewhat enigmatic microorganisms have attracted [...]

Evaluating the resilience of deepwater systems to recover from oil spills

2017-05-19T10:07:32+00:00

Evaluating the resilience of deepwater systems to recover from oil spills The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) disaster of April 20th, 2010, is recognised as the worst accidental maritime oil spill in the United States. An estimated 4.1 million barrels (0.7 million tonnes) of crude oil and 170,000 tonnes of natural gas were released into [...]