Tag: Emiliania huxleyi

The surprisingly rapid evolution of Emiliania huxleyi

As the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, an increasing amount of CO2 dissolves in the ocean, where it reacts to carbonic acid and acidifies the seawater. As ocean acidification progresses steadily, scientists aim to assess the implications of this process for marine ecosystems…

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Discovering what gives algae its scent

The Times of Israel reports that Israeli researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot say they have identified an enzyme in ocean algae responsible for producing the scent of the sea. While scientists have long known that the familiar smell is caused by the molecule dimethylsulfide (DMS), which algae produce…

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