New research shows a species of diatom, a single-celled algae, thought to be asexual does reproduce sexually, and scientists learned it's a common compound - ammonium - that puts the ubiquitous organism in the mood. The findings, published today in PLOS One, may be a key step toward greater understanding of the evolution of sexual behavior and also have important biotechnology implications.  “Our discoveries solve two persistent mysteries that have plagued diatom researchers,” said corresponding author Dr. Kimberly Halsey, a microbiologist at OSU. “Yes, they have sex, and yes, we can make them do it.” Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-diatoms-sex-ammonium-mood.html#jCp 

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Press Release “Diatoms have sex after all, and ammonium puts them in the mood”  Media contact: Steve Lundeberg, OSU:  http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/jul/diatoms-have-sex-after-all-and-ammonium-puts-them-mood

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National Public Radio, Science Friday “A Peek Into The Sex Lives Of Algae” Host, Ira Flatow; Producer, Katie Hiler
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