dinoflagellates

Shedding light on the brown color of algae

For many people algae are just an odorous nuisance on their vacation beach or unwelcome guests in the garden pond and aquarium.

La vie en rouge

Walking on a rocky intertidal shore you will see a fascinating landscape often dominated by large algae of different sorts. It is a beautiful environment full…

New Discovery Illuminates Proton Channel Gene in Dinoflagellates

A 40-year search for a gene that causes some one-celled sea creatures to flash at night and is also found in others that produce deadly red tides, has been…

Warning Lights Mark Shellfish That Aren't Safe To Eat

Blue specks rimming these dinoflagellates mark bacteria that are helping to produce dangerous toxins. A new kind of marker developed by chemists at the…

'Little brown balls' tie malaria and algae to common ancestor

In an article published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, UBC Botany Prof. Patrick Keeling describes the genome…

Discovery of algae's toxic hunting habits could help curb fish kills

The researchers studied the behavior of the algal cell Karlodinium veneficum, known as a dinoflagellate and found in estuaries worldwide. Each year millions of…

Potential new threat for coral reefs and the health of communities in the tropics

The dead corals can be colonized by a blanket of algae in turn favouring colonization by dinoflagellates of the Gambierdiscus genus. These microorganisms…

Exploding Chromosomes Fuel Research About Evolution

Human cells somehow squeeze two meters of double-stranded DNA into the space of a typical chromosome, a package 10,000 times smaller than the volume of genetic…