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First algae powered building constructed in Hamburg, Germany

First algae powered building constructed in Hamburg, Germany | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

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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Visit to CAAS, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Visit to CAAS, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

The best part of plant science is the plant scientists. I had an amazing visit today to CAAS, full of young and energetic PIs and students. Special thanks to Fan and Xiangxiang my tour guides! @ASPB @ThePlantCell

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What We’re Reading: June 2nd

What We’re Reading: June 2nd | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

What We're Reading: Aphids, ABP1, FRO2, PO4, yuvalamide A, pinenes, ancestral alliances and other delights

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What We’re Reading: March 31

What We’re Reading: March 31 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

What We're Reading: Today we cover spandrels & speciation, thermophilous species & tradeoffs, the Kok effect & more

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CRISPR, microbes and more are joining the war against crop killers

CRISPR, microbes and more are joining the war against crop killers | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Agricultural scientists look beyond synthetic chemistry to battle pesticide resistance.
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What We’re Reading: March 10

What We’re Reading: March 10 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Stomatal immunity, banana breeding, synthetic botany, RACiR, AGO10 and SPY (oh my) and more!

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Activity and Videos: Do plants need soil to grow?

Activity and Videos: Do plants need soil to grow? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
This resource provides a set of videos and a practical investigation aimed at supporting working scientifically in the classroom and relating science to real world experiences.

 

In the first video Professor Brian Cox joins a teacher to find out how to set up and run an investigation to find out if plants need soil to grow. Children try to germinate and grow plants from a seed using a variety of different materials instead of soil.

 

Further videos show Brian Cox visiting an Industrial farm to find out about how they grow vegetables in a building and meeting a researcher looking at soil health.

 

A written resource, provided by Science and Plants at Schools, (SAPS), guides teachers in running the investigation in class. This resource has been provided by the Royal Society.

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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

What We’re Reading: February 3rd | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

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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Meting with students at Tsinghua University, Beijing

Meting with students at Tsinghua University, Beijing | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

I spent a wonderful day visiting with the plant scientists at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Lunch with some graduate students was a highlight! Thanks for hosting me!

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What We’re Reading: April 28

What We’re Reading: April 28 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

We're reading about photosynthesis (several), perennialization, Polycomb Repressive complexes, plastid origins, pollination by birds, hypoxia, hybrid vigor, heat stress (and more!). Enjoy and have a nice weekend!

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Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food

A well-presented look at the controversies around GMOs, from the popular video seriesKurzgesagt – In a Nutshell.

 

Frankie Gnekow's curator insight, April 3, 2017 6:10 PM
Most people are confused about what GMOs are and how they are beneficial to people. People think that GMOs are deadly, but science has proven that they are no more dangerous than no GMOs. Most criticizes against GMOs that are actually valid are actually criticisms of the agriculture and pesticides industries, not the science of genetically modified organisms. Without GMOs, many people would not be able to produce crops and they would not be able to feed families. Examples would be in Hawaii, where the papaya industry was almost wiped out by a disease, but GMOs that were resistant to the disease were created and now the industry prospers. 
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What We’re Reading: March 24

What We’re Reading: March 24 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

A plethora of papers featuring auxin (5), guard cells (2), evolution (3), & flower/ing (3) +more

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What We’re Reading: March 17

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

Some big ideas this week, from sex determination to the fate of the world's plants (&much more)

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What We’re Reading: March 3

What We’re Reading: March 3 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Cool chemistry: Structural metabolomics for community ecology, MS imaging of Kranz anatomy, Real-time phloem unloading, Metabolic gene clustering, Pollen chemistry as a driver of host shifts in bees .... and more!

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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

“Genomic resources and databases”, special issue from Current Plant Biology | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

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

What We’re Reading: January 20th | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

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

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