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Algal Lipids: the Key to Earth Now and aNcient Earth

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Project "ALKENoNE" data sheet

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postcode: G12 8QQ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 940˙883 €
 EC max contribution 940˙883 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW UK (GLASGOW) coordinator 940˙883.00


 Project objective

Alkenones are algal lipids that have been used for decades to reconstruct quantitative past sea surface temperature. Although alkenones are being discovered in an increasing number of lake sites worldwide, only two terrestrial temperature records have been reconstructed so far. The development of this research field is limited by the lack of interdisciplinary research that combines modern biological and ecological algal research with the organic geochemical techniques needed to develop a quantitative biomarker (or molecular fossil) for past lake temperatures. More research is needed for alkenones to become a widely used tool for reconstructing past terrestrial temperature change. The early career Principal Investigator has discovered a new lake alkenone-producing species of haptophyte algae that produces alkenones in high abundances both in the environment and in laboratory cultures. This makes the new species an ideal organism for developing a culture-based temperature calibration and exploring other potential environmental controls. In this project, alkenone production will be manipulated, and monitored using state-of-the-art photobioreactors with real-time detectors for cell density, light, and temperature. The latest algal culture and isolation techniques that are used in microalgal biofuel development will be applied to developing the lake temperature proxy. The objectives will be achieved through the analysis of 90 new Canadian lakes to develop a core-top temperature calibration across a large latitudinal and temperature gradient (Δ latitude = 5°, Δ spring surface temperature = 9°C). The results will be used to assess how regional palaeo-temperature (Uk37), palaeo-moisture (δDwax) and palaeo-evaporation (δDalgal) respond during times of past global warmth (e.g., Medieval Warm Period, 900-1200 AD) to find an accurate analogue for assessing future drought risk in the interior of Canada.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Hiroya Araie, Hideto Nakamura, Jaime L. Toney, Heather A. Haig, Julien Plancq, Takashi Shiratori, Peter R. Leavitt, Osamu Seki, Ken-ichiro Ishida, Ken Sawada, Iwane Suzuki, Yoshihiro Shiraiwa
Novel alkenone-producing strains of genus Isochrysis (Haptophyta) isolated from Canadian saline lakes show temperature sensitivity of alkenones and alkenoates
published pages: 89-103, ISSN: 0146-6380, DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.04.008
Organic Geochemistry 121 2019-12-17
2018 William M. Longo, Yongsong Huang, Yuan Yao, Jiaju Zhao, Anne E. Giblin, Xian Wang, Roland Zech, Torsten Haberzettl, Ludwig Jardillier, Jaime Toney, Zhonghui Liu, Sergey Krivonogov, Marina Kolpakova, Guoqiang Chu, William J. D\'Andrea, Naomi Harada, Kana Nagashima, Miyako Sato, Hitoshi Yonenobu, Kazuyoshi Yamada, Katsuya Gotanda, Yoshitsugu Shinozuka
Widespread occurrence of distinct alkenones from Group I haptophytes in freshwater lakes: Implications for paleotemperature and paleoenvironmental reconstructions
published pages: 239-250, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.04.002
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 492 2019-12-17
2018 Julien Plancq, Jill L. McColl, James A. Bendle, Osamu Seki, Jillian M. Couto, Andrew C.G. Henderson, Youhei Yamashita, Kimitaka Kawamura, Jaime L. Toney
Genomic identification of the long-chain alkenone producer in freshwater Lake Toyoni, Japan: implications for temperature reconstructions
published pages: 189-195, ISSN: 0146-6380, DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.09.011
Organic Geochemistry 125 2019-12-17
2018 Julien Plancq, Bianca Cavazzin, Steve Juggins, Heather A. Haig, Peter R. Leavitt, Jaime L. Toney
Assessing environmental controls on the distribution of long-chain alkenones in the Canadian Prairies
published pages: 43-55, ISSN: 0146-6380, DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2017.12.005
Organic Geochemistry 117 2019-12-17

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