David J. Dickson

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The tertiary sulphonium compound, β-dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP) and the quaternary ammonium compounds glycine betaine and homarine are important osmotica in Platymonas subcordiformis cells. Following hypersaline stresses the compounds were accumulated after a lag period of 3 h and equilibrium concentrations were reached 6 h later. In contrast to(More)
A study has been made of the osmotic responses of the green intertidal alga, Ulva lactuca, under two fluctuating salinity regimes; sinusoidal and square-wave fluctuations between 30 and 100% sea water in a 12 h cycle. These regimes closely resemble the tidal fluctuation of salinity encountered by the alga in its natural estuarine habitat. Data on changes in(More)
Divalent nickel (Ni(2+)), Cu(II)EDTA, methyl orange, and dichromate were used to investigate diffusion from hydrated silica sol-gel monoliths. The objective was to examine diffusion of compounds on a size regime relevant to supporting biological components encapsulated within silica gel prepared in a biologically compatible process space with no(More)
Cyanobacteria inhabit nearly every ecosystem on earth, play a vital role in nutrient cycling, and are useful as model organisms for fundamental research in photosynthesis and carbon and nitrogen fixation. In addition, they are important for several established biotechnologies for producing food additives, nutritional and pharmaceutical compounds, and(More)
Global gene expression of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 encapsulated in silica gel was examined by microarray analysis. Cultures were encapsulated in gels derived from aqueous precursors or from alkoxide precursors and incubated under constant light for 24 h prior to RNA extraction. Cultures suspended in liquid media were exposed to 500 mM salt stress and(More)
Stresses imposed on the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 by various compounds present during silica sol–gel encapsulation, including salt, ethanol (EtOH), polyethylene glycol (PEG), glycerol, and glycine betaine, were investigated. Viability of encapsulated cells and photosynthetic activity of cells stressed by immediate (2 min) and 24-h exposure(More)
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