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Courtesy of Phil Freeman/WWF-Australia - The Peruvian government and key partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to ensure the viability of 76 protected areas (20 million hectares) in the Peruvian Amazon



A UCSB analysis of 10 years of monitoring data from marine protected areas in the Channel Islands finds positive results

By Julie Cohen UCSB September 16, 2015

More than a decade ago, California established marine protected areas (MPAs) in state waters around the northern Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara. Several years later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) extended these MPAs into the federal waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

To ...

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards $2.3M for plant disease resistance

September 15, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. Sept. 15, 2015 — The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded $2.3M to the Two Blades Foundation (2Blades), a charitable organization that supports the development of durable disease resistance in crop plants and their deployment in agriculture.

Four well-recognized research teams will investigate plant immunity in the ...

Researchers embark on work to reduce plant diseases that threaten food security

September 15, 2015

Through its science program, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently gave more than two million dollars to the Two Blades Foundation who will work with four world-renowned researchers to investigate plant immunity in an effort to reduce diseases that can radically alter the production and quality of food. ...

37 innovative seafood companies to pitch at Fish 2.0 finals

Fish 2.0 September 14, 2015

Fish 2.0 today revealed the 37 companies—winnowed from an initial pool of 170 entrants—that will pitch to investors at the seafood business competition’s final event Nov. 10–11 at Stanford University. The group stands out for its business strength, geographic range, and diverse approaches to addressing seafood market opportunities and advancing ...

Use of HCR-FISH to track gene expression by both partners during initiation of symbiosis


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new way to characterize localization of luminous bacteria within the Hawaiian bobtail squid and how the genes of each species are transcriptionally regulated. The adapted technique, hybridization chain reaction-fluorescent in situ hybridization (HCR-FISH), allowed the researchers to identify the location of ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Moore Foundation grantee receives prestigious prize for work in marine microbiology

September 8, 2015
Marine microbes, tiny, single-celled organisms that live in the ocean, account for more than 98 percent of ocean biomass. Up to a million microorganisms live in just one milliliter of seawater and yet we know surprisingly little about these tiny organisms. Our grantee, Dr. David Karl, a microbial biologist ...

Fourth wheat gene is key to flowering and climate adaptation

September 4, 2015

In the game of wheat genetics, Jorge Dubcovsky's laboratory at UC Davis has hit a grand slam, unveiling for the fourth time in a dozen years a gene that governs wheat vernalization, the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation.

Identification of the newly characterized VRN-D4 gene and ...

Study finds new gene important for development of wheat

By Nestor Kippesa, Juan M. Debernardia, Hans A. Vasquez-Grossa, Bala A. Akpinarb, Hikment Budakb, Kenji Katoc, Shiaoman Chaod, Eduard Akhunove, and Jorge Dubcovsky PNAS September 4, 2015

In a recent study, plant scientists share their discovery of a new gene (VRN-D4) critical for the development and growth habit of wheat. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, also known as PNAS, gives a better understanding ...

California Institute of Technology

Making nanowires from protein and DNA

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad California Institute of Technology September 4, 2015

For the first time ever, a team at California Institute of Technology have created a synthetic structure made from both protein and DNA. Researchers in the lab of Dr. Stephen Mayo used computer modeling to help engineer the new protein-DNA nanowire. Synthetic structures like this will ultimately have important applications ...

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