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New study reveals star role of seaweed in struggle against climate change

New study reveals star role of seaweed in struggle against climate change

New study reveals star role of seaweed in struggle against climate change

In a first of its kind study, researchers from the Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) and Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) at King Abdullah University Science and Technology (KAUST), provided global-scale evidence of the important role that macroalgae play in trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the deep sea. KAUST scientists found a great diversity of macroalgae drifting in the global open ocean at distances ranging almost up to 5,000 km away from coastal areas 69% of this drifting macroalgae stock sinks below 1,000 m depth, leading to the sequestration of the carbon contained in their biomass in deep ocean waters. Read more >>> Read more

Prof. Carlos Duarte awarded the 2019 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology

Prof. Carlos Duarte awarded the 2019 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology

Prof. Carlos Duarte awarded the 2019 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology

Prof. Carlos M. Duarte has been awarded the 2019 Premi Ramon Margalef dEcologia. The jury of this award, the most important given by the Generalitat of Catalonia together with the Premi Internacional Catalunya, has decided that the prize goes to this oceanographer, born in Portugal but of Spanish nationality, for his discoveries and scientific advances. Read more >>> Read more

Growth and death in bacterial communities

Growth and death in bacterial communities

Growth and death in bacterial communities

The coastal waters of the Red Sea have enough resources to support bacterial growth, but predation by protistan grazers limits the population, according to new research from KAUST. Since bacteria are vital players in the marine food web, determining the factors that affect their growth and abundance is critical to understanding marine ecosystems and how they will respond to climate change. Read more >>> Read more
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