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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…