The pyrenoid is a carbon-fixing liquid droplet
Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. However, Rubisco performs this reaction slowly and can also have unwanted reactions with oxygen. Algae have figured out a clever way to increase the efficiency of c ... more
German Malaria Researchers win International "Humanity in Science" Award
Chemist Prof. Peter H. Seeberger and chemical engineer Prof. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern have been selected as the inaugural "Humanity in Science" prize winners.
Seeberger – director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and Seid ... more
Female moths use olfactory signals to choose the best egg-laying sites
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany, discovered that the ability of Manduca sexta moths to recognize changes in the profile of volatile compounds released by plants being attacked by Manduca caterpillars allows them to lay their eggs on plants that ar ... more