Friday, October 18, 2013

Is the NSF funding alchemy, or does R&D Magazine need more careful editing?

A post at R&D Magazine titled Research grant seeks to reduce crops' fertilizer dependence asserts in the first sentence:

A research team including a Penn State chemical engineer was recently awarded a $3.9 million National Science Foundation grant to understand how blue-green algae convert nitrogen into oxygen.

One professor involved is Costas Maranas, the Donald B. Broughton Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State.

The grant probably involves the study of cyanobacteria such as Nostoc/Anabaena. These organisms do not, however, convert nitrogen into oxygen.


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