Algae facts2018-08-28T16:36:58+00:00

ALGAE FACTS

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Micro algae glows in the dark
Algae can be found everywhere on land and in the ocean. Algae are essential for life on the planet. Scientists have estimated that 46 percent of all oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by algae.
A lot of people associate algae with seaweed (macro algae), but far the most common is the micro algae, which are possible to see through a microscope.

Dinoflagellates are a type of micro algae, that luminate a powerful blue light when shaken at night time. The phenomenon is called bioluminescence, a process where living organisms naturally produce light through chemical reactions.

You can experience bioluminescence in certain periods around equator from Brazil to Australia. Micro algae that produce bioluminescence also exist in Denmark – this phenomenon is called “morild”.

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Two molecules meet and produce light
Dinoflagellates (algae) glows in the dark when shaken. For example when a predator swims and creates a current or when algae are shaken by waves near the coast. It’s the same kind of movement you create when shaking the algae in a container, therefore it isn’t unnatural or harmful to shake the algae.

Two molecules are especially important for the production of light: luciferase (an enzyme) and luciferin (a substrate). When the algae register a movement, a chain of chemical reactions starts, which results in a decreased pH value.

This activates the luciferase enzymes that then binds to the luciferin-molecules. The reaction releases energy through a process called oxidation. It is the release of energy from the luciferin-molecule that we experience as a blue light.

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Biological solar cell and living lamp in the same organism
The bioluminescent alge needs energy to produce light, like your night lamp needs electricity from the power plug. The algae receives their energy from another source: the sun. They use sunlight to produce energy through photosynthesis.

The algae are 100 percent natural and utilize only sunlight, CO2 and water, which makes the algae completely sustainable.

You can imagine algae as small individual lamps powered as solar cells. They ‘charge’ during the day, so they are ready to glow at night time.

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Micro algae glows in the dark
Algae can be found everywhere on land and in the ocean. Algae are essential for life on the planet. Scientists have estimated that 46 percent of all oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by algae.
A lot of people associate algae with seaweed (macro algae), but far the most common is the micro algae, which are possible to see through a microscope.

Dinoflagellates are a type of micro algae, that luminate a powerful blue light when shaken at night time. The phenomenon is called bioluminescence, a process where living organisms naturally produce light through chemical reactions.

You can experience bioluminescence in certain periods around equator from Brazil to Australia. Micro algae that produce bioluminescence also exist in Denmark – this phenomenon is called “morild”.

Two molecules meet and produce light
Dinoflagellates (algae) glows in the dark when shaken. For example when a predator swims and creates a current or when algae are shaken by waves near the coast. It’s the same kind of movement you create when shaking the algae in a container, therefore it isn’t unnatural or harmful to shake the algae.

Two molecules are especially important for the production of light: luciferase (an enzyme) and luciferin (a substrate). When the algae register a movement, a chain of chemical reactions starts, which results in a decreased pH value.

This activates the luciferase enzymes that then binds to the luciferin-molecules. The reaction releases energy through a process called oxidation. It is the release of energy from the luciferin-molecule that we experience as a blue light.

Biological solar cell and living lamp in the same organism
The bioluminescent alge needs energy to produce light, like your night lamp needs electricity from the power plug. The algae receives their energy from another source: the sun. They use sunlight to produce energy through photosynthesis.

The algae are 100 percent natural and utilize only sunlight, CO2 and water, which makes the algae completely sustainable.

You can imagine algae as small individual lamps powered as solar cells. They ‘charge’ during the day, so they are ready to glow at night time.

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