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First algae powered building constructed in Hamburg, Germany

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A 15-unit apartment building has been constructed in the German city of Hamburg that has 129 algae filled louvered tanks hanging over the exterior of the south-east and south-west sides of the building—making it the first in the world to be powered exclusively by algae. Designed by Arup, SSC Strategic Science Consultants and Splitterwerk Architects, and named the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) House, the building demonstrates the ability to use algae as a way to heat and cool large buildings.

To make use of the algae, which the team retrieved from the nearby Elbe river, it was put into large thin rectangular clear cases. Inside, the algae live in a water solution and are provided nutrients and carbon dioxide by an automated system. Each tank was then affixed to the outside walls of the building onto scaffolding that allows for turning the tanks towards the sun—similar to technology used for solar collectors. As the algae grows—mostly in the summer—it provides more shade for the building, helping to keep it cool (and serves as a sound buffer as well). Excess heat that builds up in the water in the tanks is transferred to saline water tanks underneath the building for use later. When the amount of algae growth in the tanks reach a certain point, some is harvested and taken to a processing facility inside the building. There the biomass is converted to biogas which can be burned to provide heat in the winter. Thus, the building makes use of both solar thermal and geothermal energy allowing it to be heated and cooled without using any fossil fuels.

The design and construction of the BIQ has taken three years and has cost approximately €5 million, all funded by Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) as part of the ongoing International Building Exhibition – 2013. The BIQ House is one of 16 projects undertaken by the group, with the goal of proving that cost effective ways of making bio-friendly buildings are available today. To highlight the building, the team has painted its exterior green and has added a giant cartoon-like bubble on one side with the word "Photosynthesis?" in it.

The building is to serve as a test case and will be studied by various architects and engineers from around the world to determine if the design is feasible and if so, to perhaps serve as a model when erecting buildings in other cities. 

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-algae-powered-hamburg.html#jCp


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Peter Phillips's curator insight, April 13, 2013 2:27 AM

Creative thinking. Love it! I wonder how much biomass the algae is capapble of producing?

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Quinoa—quest to feed the world | KAUST Discovery

Quinoa—quest to feed the world | KAUST Discovery | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
The sequencing of a high-quality quinoa genome by a KAUST-led team supports global food security and the production of crops to feed millions of people
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People Behind the Science Podcast. Dr. Mike Blatt: Keeping a Close Eye On Channels and Vesicle Trafficking in Plant Cell Membranes

People Behind the Science Podcast. Dr. Mike Blatt: Keeping a Close Eye On Channels and Vesicle Trafficking in Plant Cell Membranes | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Editor-in-chief of Plant Physiology interview

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What We’re Reading: February 10

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What We’re Reading: February 10

Weekly roundup of new and interesting plant science. Shade avoidance syndrome, hypoxia in development, C-stores in coastal wetlands and more!

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“Genomic resources and databases”, special issue from Current Plant Biology

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The November-December 2016 special issue of Current Plant Biology is out now and available free of charge. With this issue, focused on “Genomic resources and databases”, Current Plant Biology celebrates the successful completion of its third year.

Call for papers: Upcoming special issue on plant development
This special issue will focus on the mechanisms that govern plant development including the differentiation of the plant cells, tissues and organ. The articles may include reviews, research articles, resources/databases and perspectives.

Deadline for submission: March 30th, 2017

Please contact Sushma Naithani for more information.

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What We’re Reading: January 27th

What We’re Reading: January 27th | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Flower origins and pollinator interactions, dark responses, peptide hormones and pathogen responses, we've got it all!

A great place to find your weekend plant science reading.

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What We’re Reading: January 20th

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What We’re Reading: January 20th: drought, pathogens, membranes and databases, oh my! Fe, Cl and mitochondria too!

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What We’re Reading: January 13

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Weekly round up of new and interesting papers from across plant sciences. Featured this week: autophagosomes, fungal hitchhikers, WRKY gene networks, edge effects in forests, orphan legumes, coffee genetic diversity and more!

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The Long, Lonely Quest to Breed the Ultimate Avocado

The Long, Lonely Quest to Breed the Ultimate Avocado | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
The buttery, nutty Hass has lots going for it, but horticulturists and geneticists want to do better—and save avocados from a future of pests and drought.
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An Ingenious Experiment of Jungle Bats and Evolving Artificial Flowers

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Scientists solved a longstanding mystery about the sweetness of nectar that likely applies to humans too.
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The fungus-fighting secrets hiding in the sugar pine’s enormous megagenome

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a blog from the Genetics Society of America
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377: Dr. Winslow Briggs: Illuminating our Understanding of the Photoreceptor System Controlling Plant Growth Towards Light - People Behind the Science Podcast

377: Dr. Winslow Briggs: Illuminating our Understanding of the Photoreceptor System Controlling Plant Growth Towards Light - People Behind the Science Podcast | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Listen to the Episode Below (00:47:53) Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Sign up to recieve bonus content about our guests and sneak peeks for a guest from the next week’s interviews! Listen Free in iTunes  Listen Free on Stitcher Radio …
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Top Ten 2016 Plant Science Today posts

Top Ten 2016 Plant Science Today posts | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

The Plant Science Today blog is only a few years old and continues to gain readers. In 2016 more than 250 posts were shared, with contributions from many guest authors as well as ASPB staff. Here are the ten most widely read posts this year. Did you catch them all?

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The vanilla dilemma

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With demand outpacing supply, what options are there for vanilla lovers? Which plan do you prefer, vanilla subtitute made by chemical synthesis, or that produced through the tools of synthetic biology to recreate the biosynthetic pathway in vivo?

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Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa (Cassava)

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa (Cassava) | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.
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What We’re Reading: February 17

What We’re Reading: February 17 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Morphometrics and mycorrhizas,

hydathodes and isoprenes,

Tansley Medal finalists and more!

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What We’re Reading: February 3rd

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Reviews on P, Se, and FR/R. Haploid induction, chlorophagy, ethnobotany and more!

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ASPB | Jobs at ASPB. Ecucation Coordinator

ASPB | Jobs at ASPB. Ecucation Coordinator | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Excellent opportunity for someone excited by plant science research! Located near Washington DC at Society headquarters (Rockville, Maryland).

The Education Coordinator is responsible for implementing the Society’s education and outreach activities, as well as for administrative support and coordination of correspondence, communication activities, and development of education-related projects. 

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Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords

Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Old-school areas of plant biology are getting tech upgrades that herald more detailed, faster data collection.
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Edward Buckler

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Edward S. Buckler, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS and Adjunct Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University, will receive the 2017 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences, the first time this prize is being awarded.

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What We’re Reading: January 6th

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Weekly roundup of new and interesting articles from the plant sciences. This week's featured papers span ppressoria, auxin, ash dieback, growth rings, nutrients, okra locus and more!

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Bring me sunshine in your spores | Susannah Lydon

Bring me sunshine in your spores | Susannah Lydon | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Ultraviolet radiation can have huge effects on our planet’s climate, but what has it done the past? The fossil record can tell us about UV through the study of pollen and spores
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Fossil leaves suggest global warming will be harder to fight than scientists thought

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Relics warn that climate may be more sensitive to rising atmospheric CO2 than models predict
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Falcons, Drones, Data: A Winery Battles Climate Change

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Jackson Family Wines of Sonoma, Calif., is among winemakers employing both high-tech and old-school techniques to adapt to hotter, drier conditions.
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What We’re Reading: Dec 30th

What We’re Reading: Dec 30th | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

For the past three months, we (Mary Williams and Plantae Fellows) have been profiling selected papers of broad interest to the plant science community. You can see all of our posts here: What We’re Reading. Early in 2017 we’ll be moving this feature to the new, soon-to-be unveiled public pages on Plantae (watch this space!). When hosted on that platform, the summaries will be searchable by the Tags we have been appending to the end of each summary.

We hope you have been finding this new feature useful; drop us a line if you have suggestions for improvements. If you’d like to contribute a short paper summary please contact mwilliams@aspb.org. Finally, best wishes for a happy, healthy, and most importantly peaceful New Year!

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What We’re Reading: December 23

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What We’re Reading: December 23.
Short, accessible summaries of articles of broad interest to plant scientists, with links to the papers for more in-depth reading.
Featuring biophysics of pollinator attraction and seed germination, and much more
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