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Bioluminescent waves at Torrey Pines State Beach.

San Diego was rewarded another Bioluminescent algae bloom. 

This is caused by marine dinoflagellates (microalgae) when their population increases under ideal conditions. Some refer to this event as a ‘red tide’.

PyroFarms grows these PyroDinos (dinoflagellates) in our San Diego lab. They are fun to grow and beautiful to watch at night - especially in nature. During the daytime, these PyroDinos (dinoflagellates) also produce fresh oxygen for us to breathe.  And they remove the greenhouse gas (CO2) and other toxins from the air.  They help combat global warming on a global scale.   

 

See more Bioluminescent beach images from last year: HERE Breathe the fresh air and buy some PyroDinos for your home, office or classroom: HERE

BLUE TIDE, San Diego, Torrey Pines State Beach - YouTube

 

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Playing with some PyroDinos in the lab.  We made a Bioluminescent Shower Tower.  As the PyroDinos flow through the consecutive waterfalls made from repurposed water bottles, they produce natural light called bioluminescence.

Today's forecast: Light Showers - YouTube

 

More bioluminescent fun: Here

Buy some PyroDino to make your own nighttime waterfall: Here

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PyroFarms is featured in our local Carlsbad Magazine.  The title of the article is "A Glowing Story, PyroFarms is in the Busienss of Bioluminescence".   Link to article: A Glowing Story pg 34

Carlsbadians have stories of grunion, of rogue waves and the ocean glowing at night. The fortunate ones have seen waves crashing in radiant blues, watched their footprints glimmering as they walked or jumped in to swim and every stroke rippled with light. Those stories are brought to you by dinoflagellates. They are a kind of algae, part of the Phytoplankton world that is the base of the oceanic food chain and creates a greater portion of earth's oxygen. · · And certain species produce a bioluminescence that looks like magic.

Imagine if you could bottle that! PyroFarms is a Carlsbad startup that has done just that. "Grow the glow" is the motto at this company that sells dinoflagellates, or "Dinos," in a variety of containments. "We like to think of them as pets,"

PyroFarms's farm looks like a laboratory with shelves of Erlenmeyer flasks
filled with Dinos. Dinos are active at night and a little agitation produces their
luminescence. Pick up one of the Bio-Orbs and you get swirling radiance. The Dino­ Tiles are like small, flat waterbeds. On a tabletop it's like playing with stars. {Check out the Dino-Tile dance on the company's website, pyrofarms.com) . (more...)

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Pyro Glow Show - YouTube

 

Proof of concept project. Powdered fluorescein is dropped into a water-filled glass Orb.  A black light illuminates the fluorescent compound which then emits a longer wavelength yellow-green light.  Stay tuned for more cool products and videos. 

If you want a real living Bio-Orb click HERE

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The Bioluminescent Bio-Orb with a spin bar - YouTube

A Bioluminescent Bio-Orb on a magnetic spin plate. The spin plate is turning a small stir bar in the Bio-Orb causing the PyroDinos (bioluminescent dinoflagellates) to naturally light up.

Learn more about the Bioluminescent Bio-Orb

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Dancing on a Dino Tile - YouTube

Some fancy footwork on a bioluminescent carpet (aka Dino-Tile). This is a custom Dino-Tile 30"x30". PyroFarms can make custom sizes of Dino-Tiles.

Standard: 12"x 12"

Medium: 24"x 24"

Large: 36"x 36"

Custom: Inquire at contact@pyrofarm.com

 

 

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Here is a short clip of someone filling a Bio-Orb over a sink.  The video then shows the same Bio-Orb lighting up later that night.  

Filling a Bio Orb - YouTube

https://pyrofarms.com/products/the-bio-orb

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PyroDino dinoflagellates are part of the larger marine plankton community, specifically phytoplankton, due to their ability to photosynthesize and create energy from sunlight.  They are also classified as protist which is grab-bag of single cell organisms that do not fit into any specific plant, animal, bacteria or fungus category. Our PyroDinos are the species Pyrocystis fusiformis.  PyroDinos are also generally referred to as algae.

Photosynthesis: PyroDinos obtain most of their energy from the sun via photosynthesis.  Photosynthesis takes in the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by all breathing organisms and reintroduces oxygen (O2) into the atmosphere. Photosynthesis is the process used by plants, algae and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight and turn it into chemical energy.

Ocean Food Chain:  PyroDinos like all phytoplankton are the basis for the Ocean Food Chain.  All Ocean creatures, that do not photosynthesize*, rely on these photosynthetic plant plankton for their energy source in one form or another.  Without phytoplankton like PyroDinos there would be little to no life in the Ocean or on this planet. (*or chemosynthesize)

Circadian Rhythm: PyroDinos have a day-night cycle that is regulated by sunlight.  PyroDinos will only produce light (bioluminescence) during nighttime hours.  PyroDinos can be trained and their day-night cycle changed by altering their daily lighting.  This takes a few days to a week. We all have a Circadian Rhythm which guides us throughout our day-night cycle.  When you travel and experience ‘jet-lag’ you are feeling the effects of your Circadian Rhythm being out of sync.         

Bioluminescence: PyroDinos produce a natural blue light at night when disturbed.  This natural light is called bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is a reaction that produces light energy within an organism's body. The reaction occurs when luciferin, a molecule that, when it reacts with oxygen, produces light. Usually this reaction includes a catalyst, luciferase, which helps to optimize the reaction.

Oxygen (O2) production: PyroDinos produce fresh oxygen as by-product of photosynthesis.  The ocean’s phytoplankton (plant-like plankton) produce more than half the air we breathe.  More than all the rain forests and all the trees and grasses on this planet. As stated before, without phytoplankton like PyroDinos there would be little to no life in the Ocean or on this planet.

Carbon fixing:  PyroDinos convert atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) into life sustaining sugars and carbohydrates.  In doing this they are removing the greenhouse gas ‘CO2’ from the environment. PyroDinos combat climate change by removing CO2 and fixing it into usable sugars and carbohydrates.  On ocean-sized scales this is very significant to our planet.

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Ok, that's a lot of blogs and we are only the 80th blog on the list.  But still - we take any opportunity to celebrate here at PyroFarms.  The illustrious Science Blog list is curated by FeedSpot.  Who knows - maybe we can break the top 50 in a year or two.    

Top Blog Posts on the Blue Light Special blog

PyroCat

The Story behind Dinoflagellates

Dinoflagellate Habitat

 

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Here is a short clip of dinoflagellates (Dinos) in motion.  These Dinos (Pyrocystis fusiformis) are not motile (i.e. not self-propelled).  In this short clip, the Dinos are being stirred while they are being filmed.  The name 'fusiformis' is in refernce to thier spindle (tapering at both ends) shape. 

 

Dino in Motion - Vimeo

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