Algae 101 Part 30

Algae 101 Part 30

The last post summarized the fascinating research that suggests algae genes may help several million people who suffer from retina diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. The key element for resolving retina diseases is gene…

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Keith Cooksey

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Keith Cooksey

Although veteran research scientist at Montana State University, Dr. Keith Cooksey, describes himself modestly as a biochemist that works with microorganisms, his algal biofuel-driven discoveries from the ’80s and ’90s are still considered…

Growing Spirulina at Home

Growing Spirulina at Home

The popular image of algae farming is bubbling green columns and white-coated scientists, and seems out of reach for ordinary people. Is the experience of algae farming limited to professionals? A growing network of DIY algae farmers is proving that we can…

NAABB Tests Produced Water to Grow Algae

NAABB Tests Produced Water to Grow Algae

Researchers from Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) and the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) consortium have recently conducted the first pilot-scale test of algae…

Algae 101 Part 29

Algae 101 Part 29

Algae have 3.7 billion years of evolutionary experience with light. Since algae use light for energy, early algae evolved a gene that helped algae recognize the path toward light. Algae’s ability to recognize light offers several lines of fascinating research…

Biofuels from Algae ASTM Approved for Passenger Airlines

According to Bloomberg News, airlines have won the backing of the U.S.-based ASTM technical-standards group to power their planes with a blend of traditional fuel and biofuel from inedible plants…

ASU Algae Researchers Link Cell Wall Degradation to CO2

ASU Algae Researchers Link Cell Wall Degradation to CO2

A research team from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has developed a process that reprograms photosynthetic microbes to secrete lipids, making byproduct recovery and conversion to biofuels…

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Paul Reep

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Paul Reep

A recent announcement from OriginOil that Paul Reep had been given the job of Senior Vice President of Technology seemed to have more going on behind it than the release suggested. While his impressive…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 7

Special Report: Spirulina Part 7

Understanding the role of microscopic algae, the foundation of life, can help us develop restorative models of personal and planetary health. Algae are an essential part of Earth’s self-regulating life support system. Innovative schemes and dreams…