Blue Tear organism confirmed
On February 23, 2017, professor Chiang Kuo-ping of the Oceanographic Environment and Ecology Research Institute of the Taiwan Oceanography University announced that in 2016, a research team dispatched to Chieshouaokou in Matsu used cell separation to cultivate the algae species Noctiluca scintillans, a single celled spherical dinoflagellate with a diameter of 200 to 2000 microns. The cell membrane contains luciferase that binds luciferin with proteins. The captured luciferin emits blue fluorescence during algae blooms from April or May to September or October each year on the coast of Matsu. At the peak of the algae bloom, over 300 such single celled Noctiluca scintillans are concentrated in one liter of sea water. They occur as part of the cycling food chain of oceanic microorganisms.
The research team has also successfully created an artificial culture of the single celled Noctiluca scintillans.
The Taiwan Oceanography University’s Matsu campus will establish three new departments in 2017, i.e., a marine biology science and technology department, a marine management department, and a marine engineering department. Students spend three years at the main Keelung campus of the university and one year at the Matsu campus.
[Master Chen Says] encourages students interested in oceanography and marine biology to go to Taiwan to study and pursue university degrees in these disciplines.