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Harnessing the power of microbial communities for plastic degradation

Researchers propose new approach in the search for biological plastic degradation

23-Apr-2021

Bacteria are extremely adaptable. The more plastic enters the environment, the more likely they are to find ways to extract energy from plastic and degrade them in the process. Us humans could take advantage of this. The trick is to find the respective bacteria and combine them in novel ways. In ...

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Turning jellyfish from a nuisance to useful product

13-Nov-2017

Global climate change and the human impact on marine ecosystems have led to dramatic decreases in the number of fish in the ocean. It has also had an unforseen side effect: because overfishing decreases the numbers of jellyfish competitors, their blooms are on the rise. The GoJelly project, ...

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The ocean - the long-term memory of our climate system

09-Apr-2014

The oceans are a vital component of our climate system. Nevertheless, they are often represented at a very limited resolution in today's climate models, and important physical processes are sometimes missing entirely. 60 experts from 10 different countries will be in Kiel this week as part of an ...

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Methane hydrates and global warming

Dissolution of hydrates off Svalbard caused by natural processes

06-Jan-2014

Methane hydrates are fragile. At the sea floor the ice-like solid fuel composed of water and methane is only stable at high pressure and low temperature. In some areas, for instance in the North Atlantic off the coast of Svalbard, scientists have detected gas flares regularly. The reasons for ...

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How does dolomite form?

Scientists in Kiel show the influence of marine bacteria on mineral formation

12-Jun-2012

Not only in the Dolomites, but throughout the world dolomite is quite common. More than 90 percent of dolomite is made up of the mineral dolomite. It was first described scientifically in the 18th century. But who would have thought that the formation of this mineral is still not fully ...

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