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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



First international impact investment to support deforestation-free, sustainable beef

September 17, 2015

In late 2014, the foundation awarded a grant to Instituto Centro de Vida to establish a proof of concept for the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of verified deforestation-free beef production in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Today, as an affirmation of that proof of concept, ICV is announcing that the ...

California Institute of Technology

Artificial leaf harnesses sunlight for efficient fuel production

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad California Institute of Technology September 16, 2015

Moore Foundation grantees at Caltech have developed an artificial leaf which mimics photosynthesis in order to create fuels. Research carried out at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis produced  a system that consists of two electrodes and a membrane which work together to oxidize water molecules to generate protons and ...

Jeykl and Hyde – how bad toxins can be good for deep-sea mussels

September 16, 2015
Mussels are among the most dominant dwellers of hot vents in the deep sea, but they are not alone. Living in the gills of these mussels are a plethora of microbes responsible for producing an impressive number of toxins. In a new study published in the open-access journal eLife, ...

Deep-sea mussels with highly toxic tenants

September 16, 2015

Imagine you have a tenant living in your house. They’re keeping your fridge topped up. But in addition to this, they’re producing all kinds of toxic substances. More harm than good? Not necessarily; it all depends what you’re using the toxins for.

Deep-sea hot vents are one of the most ...

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 ...

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