Red algae-based nasal spray approved for Canada

An innovative nasal spray that has shown clinical effectiveness against respiratory viruses has been authorized for the Canadian market. The product, developed by the Viennese biotech company…

Producing hydrogen in the dark from Chlamydomonas

Producing hydrogen in the dark from Chlamydomonas

Biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have identified a pathway whereby the green algae Chlamydomonas can produce hydrogen in the dark. Their findings were published recently…

AIM Interview: Fermentalg’s CEO Pierre Calleja

AIM Interview: Fermentalg’s CEO Pierre Calleja

Founded in 2009 by Pierre Calleja, Fermentalg is a French-based industrial biotechnology company specializing in the bio-production of chemical compounds from microalgae, for use in everyday…

Cereplast files patent on algae bio-content polymers

El Segundo, CA-based Cereplast, Inc. has announced that the company filed a patent application on March 15, 2013 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for algae bio-content polymers…

Grow Energy developing algae-based construction components

Grow Energy developing algae-based construction components

Developing a new generation of energy-producing construction components, Grow Energy, of San Diego, California, plans for algae to create clean electricity for residential and commercial structures…

Sayre Lab: reducing chlorophyll b increases photosynthetic efficiency

Sayre Lab: reducing chlorophyll b increases photosynthetic efficiency

Single celled microalgae are among the most productive autotrophic organisms in nature due to their high photosynthetic efficiencies and the lack of heterotrophic tissues. Yet, photosynthetic efficiencies…

Algae and National Security: Part 7

Algae and National Security: Part 7

Robert Kennedy assessed Americans without economic security that lived in poverty in 1967. He was astounded at the widespread political and private denial and silence. He said: There are millions of Americans…

To starve nitrogen or not? Maybe not.

Rather than starving algal cultures of nitrogen, it may be better to tolerate lower oil content in algae grown for biodiesel to boost growth and overall productivity, says research from the University of Sheffield…

AIM Interview: Life Technologies’ Farzad Haerizadeh

AIM Interview: Life Technologies’ Farzad Haerizadeh

Synthetic Biology lead R&D specialist at Life Technologies in Carlsbad, California, Dr. Farzad Haerizadeh, along with his team, are developing synthetic biology parts, devices and chassis…

UCSD biologists engineer multi-colored algae

UCSD biologists engineer multi-colored algae

Biologists at UC San Diego have announced the successful engineering of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a green alga commonly used in laboratories, into a rainbow of different colors…

Algae-powered building to open in Germany

Algae-powered building to open in Germany

An algae-covered/powered building, designed by Splitterwerk Architects, will go on display this Month in Hamburg, Germany. Called BIQ, the building features a bio-adaptive façade of microalgae and…