Solazyme promoting new source of food protein

Solazyme promoting new source of food protein

Most Americans get plenty of protein, primarily from animal products including meat, eggs and milk. But for many, ensuring a healthy protein intake can be challenging. In recent years a greater variety of protein-packed foods and ingredients have come to market. Joining traditional plant-based protein sources…

Rwandan schools fight malnutrition with spirulina

Rwandan schools fight malnutrition with spirulina

Xinhua News Agency reports that under the guidance of their principals many primary schools in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali have started to grow spirulina, as part of a global UN World Food Program (WFP) school feeding campaign, launched in 2001, that aims to improve nutrition and health education…

Green chemicals market research released

Green chemicals market research released

TechNavio has published a 137-page report on the Global Green Chemicals Market 2014-2018, covering Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region. Green chemicals, or bio-based chemicals, are renewable chemicals produced from bio-based feedstock. They are less harmful… [Read the full story]

Testing brown algae to strengthen hearts after attack

Testing brown algae to strengthen hearts after attack

Nicole Kwan reports for FOXNews.com that clinical researchers at Stony Brook Medicine’s Heart Institute, in Stony Brook, NY, are part of the “Preservation” clinical trial, a study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of bioabsorbable cardiac matrix (BCM) in preventing further heart failure in patients who…

How to build an algae pilot plant

How to build an algae pilot plant

In October 2014 an unusual AlgaePARC research paper entitled Design and construction of the microalgal pilot facility AlgaePARC was published in the Journal of Algal Research. In the paper the authors describe in detail how to build and run a pilot plant, specifically the AlgaePARC pilot facility, at Wageningen…

EnAlgae showcases for European Parliament

EnAlgae showcases for European Parliament

EnAlgae scientists recently held a project showcase at the European Parliament in Brussels with the aim of informing politicians about how algae can play a role in a more sustainable future. Led by Swansea University and funded by the European Union under the INTERREG IVB North West Europe program, the EnAlgae…

Raising chickens on algal-boosted feed

Raising chickens on algal-boosted feed

Eleanore O’Neil, a food science major at Cornell University, researches the diets of commercial chickens in the animal science lab of Prof. Xin Gen Lei, to plan for higher production levels as the world’s population increases. Many chickens that are raised for either meat or egg production live predominantly on diets of corn…

Joule names Serge Tchuruk new President and CEO

Joule names Serge Tchuruk new President and CEO

Joule, a pioneer of direct, solar conversion of CO2-to-liquid fuels, has announced that Serge Tchuruk has been named President and CEO to lead the company in its next phase of development aimed at commercialization. As the former Chairman and CEO of Alcatel and Total SA, Tchuruk, who was… [Read the full story]

Sugar Kelp a biofuel target in Scandinavia

Sugar Kelp a biofuel target in Scandinavia

William Tucker writes in fullfreedom.org about the lure the oceans have for advocates of biofuel, particularly in Scandinavia. “Two-thirds of the globe is covered with water,” says Khanh-Quang Tran, a Norwegian researcher who has published papers on the possibility of growing algae as a biofuel on an industrial basis…

Twincraft Skincare introduces Algaen line

Twincraft Skincare introduces Algaen line

Twincraft Skincare has announced the availability of its 100% sustainable algae oil Algaen liquid and solid soap bases, ready for 3rd party production. Initial offerings include extruded bar soap, liquid hand soap, foaming hand soap, shower gel and body lotion. As with Twincraft’s extensive… [Read the full story]

Cyanotech reports financial results

Cyanotech reports financial results

Kona, Hawaii-based microalgae nutrition company Cyanotech has announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2015, ended September 30, 2014. For the second quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2014, net sales were $8,684,000 compared to $7,299,000…

QMAB launches BAYA microalgal biofuel

QMAB launches BAYA microalgal biofuel

Iran-based Qeshm Microalgae Biorefinery Co. (QMAB) has launched a biofuel being marketed as BAYA®, produced from a species of Nannochloropsis (strain 6016) isolated from the Persian Gulf, and employing QMAB’s unique process of scaled up cultivation and biofuel production…

Texas Biotech program inspires high school science students

Texas Biotech program inspires high school science students

Stephanie Buckner writes in the Cleveland Advocate that Splendora High School, in Cleveland, Ohio, is conducting a cutting edge program, funded with help of a grant approximately three years ago, that allows students the opportunity to raise algae, as well as differing forms of bacteria, for biofuels, pharmaceuticals…

Algae in Belgium, Pt. 2: Thomas More’s PBR

Algae in Belgium, Pt. 2: Thomas More’s PBR

On September 25, 2014, a photobioreactor for the cultivation of algae was officially unveiled during a seminar at Thomas More University College in Mechelen, Belgium. Under SUNBUILT, a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment project, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and…

Belgium’s Tomalgae grows algae in former tomato greenhouse

Belgium’s Tomalgae grows algae in former tomato greenhouse

Hortidaily.com reports that in Nevele, Belgium, Tomalgae is growing algae in a former tomato greenhouse. Their company was formed when tomato cultivation entrepreneurs Piet de Schepper, William van der Riet and Marc Temmerman wished to diversify and decided to collaborate with Dr. Viktor Chepurnov, a specialist…

Investigating the night life of Chlamydomonas

Investigating the night life of Chlamydomonas

Photosynthesis is probably the most well-known aspect of plant biochemistry. It enables plants, algae, and select bacteria to transform the energy from sunlight during the daytime into chemical energy in the form of sugars and starches (as well as oils and proteins), and it involves taking in carbon dioxide from the…

ABO expands carbon utilization campaign

ABO expands carbon utilization campaign

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), has unveiled a new website – recyclecarbon.org – as part of its ongoing campaign to persuade the EPA to explicitly recognize Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technologies as approved emissions reduction strategies under its new power plant… [Read the full story]

Cyanotech investing big in solar

Cyanotech investing big in solar

Kona, Hawaii’s Cyanotech Corporation, a global producer of microalgae nutritional supplements, has announced the installation of its new solar array by Neighborhood Power Company (NPC). The 2,280 panel array sits on 1.3 acres of Cyanotech’s 90-acre microalgae farm, and will produce 1,147,000 kilowatt…

New theories on plants’ evolution from algae

New theories on plants’ evolution from algae

Norm Wickett, Ph.D.,
a conservation scientist working in genomics and bioinformatics
 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, writes for National Geographic that we have known for quite some time that all land plants share a common ancestor with green algae. But, there has been some debate as to what form of algae is the closest…

Solazyme partners with Versalis for Encapso

Solazyme partners with Versalis for Encapso

Solazyme, Inc. and Versalis, the chemical subsidiary of Eni S.p.A., one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, today announced a partnership to expand the commercial use of Encapso – the world’s first commercially-available, biodegradable encapsulated lubricant for drilling fluids… [Read the full story]

Alltech seeking partners for algae oil

Alltech seeking partners for algae oil

Alicia Villegas writes in undercurrentnews.com that animal nutrition producer Alltech is looking for partners to provide a fish oil alternative that would meet volumes required by the aquaculture industry. “We need to increase [algae-based oil] production by 25 times to say that we are able to provide an alternative…

Qualitas partners with Lipa in Australia, New Zealand

Qualitas partners with Lipa in Australia, New Zealand

Imperial, Texas-based Qualitas Health has finalized an exclusive distribution agreement with Lipa Pharmaceuticals for its Almega PL omega-3 ingredient for sale to the dietary supplement industry in Australia & New Zealand. Lipa Pharmaceuticals is Australia’s leading, full service… [Read the full story]

ABO’s first Executive Director Mary Rosenthal passes away

ABO’s first Executive Director Mary Rosenthal passes away

Mary Rosenthal, the Algae Biomass Organizatio’s (ABO’s) first executive director, passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer. The ABO released the following statement: Mary took the reins at ABO during a time – 2009 – when she wasn’t sure if there would even be enough funding for long term… [Read the full story]

Returning frozen algae to life at NREL

Returning frozen algae to life at NREL

At the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and at dozens of other labs nationwide, cryogenically stored algae emerge from their frigid and foggy environment to live again…

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