KAUST Professor Carlos Duarte discusses how the seagrass Zostera marina adapted to colonize the sea, the largest habitat on Earth. Duarte's research team sequenced the seagrass genome and found eight major changes to the genome were required to achieve the 'major milestone' in plant evolution of going back into the ocean, including adapting to this saltwater environment. The research study's implications are important for future food production and food security, as learning about Z. marina's adaptations may pave the way to understanding how other crop plants such as rice can adapt to growing in saltwater environments. For more information see: discovery.kaust.edu.sa/en/article/193/ready-for-the-high-seas-
Mangroves are trees that have evolved to survive in flooded coastal environments. A fragile web of life that generates valuable ecosystem services. Mexico is one of the countries with the more mangroves, but also occupies one of the first places in the rate of deforestation. Each year thousands of hectares are cleared and replaced by shrimp farms, agribusiness plantations, or mega tourism development. At current rates of deforestation, in 25 years it will have lost about 50% of mangroves in Mexico.
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How do we save the most diverse habitats in our oceans? Coral reefs could become extinct by 2050 due to pollution and climate change. This nature video was released just ahead of the landmark Copenhagen summit on climate change in order to draw attention to the plight of these fragile ecosystems. Sadly, the summit ended in failure – and the future of our reefs is still at risk.
“WEATHER – a Coral Nightmare”- is a very special project to us. As this year will be one of the hardest years for coral reefs around the globe, due to climate Change, Global Warming and all the other environmental issues. We want to capture it in all its beauty before it is too late. Of course we hope and do our best to preserve this magnificent ecosystem. So we team up with different organisations, such as http://www.secore.org or http://www.waittinstitute.org and help them out with creative media content (Film, Animations,…).
2014 we fell in love with “fluo-diving” on Koh Tao in Thailand and ever since it is like a drug to us. As soon as the sun sets we just want to get in the water with blue lights and watch this magnificent fluorescent world. In January 2016 on Curaçao (we now call it #Fluraçao) we lit up #SnakeBay as if a police car got sunken in it, thanks to the two fantastic #Keldan Lights with the Blue Modules. Special thanks to http://www.Keldanlights.com for handing us these fabulous lights for this trip; I have never seen such bright blue lights before.
We shot the film in several night dives in Curaçao/Snake Bay with 2 Keldan Video 8M FLUX and 2 Blue Modules and the Panasonic GH4. Everything was filmed in 4K and downscaled to HD for creative/editing reasons. We used a macro 45mm (no diopter) and a 12-35mm lens with yellow filters (to filter the blue light from the image) and bring the real coral/animal fluorescence to life. The difficulty was the reef nightlife – Plankton! It was insane on every dive! So in between the shots we had to turn down or switch off the lights and still it was everywhere. But once on a “fluo/UV dive”, you just can’t stop until your air runs out…
In January the coral reefs of Curaçao didn’t look like they were suffering too much from climate change (YET!) and we hope they will survive this “storm” and remain beautiful, until we visit them again.
A very special thanks goes to http://www.ThinkFishTank.com for letting us use this epic music track and of course to http://www.sun-reef.com, we will never forget the Flintstone Villa! And a warm thanks for making us feel at home to Evita and Chief from http://www.OceanSunsetApartments.com.
And of course merci to my best buddy and partner in the world Lena.
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