Producing two biofuels from Isochrysis algae

Producing two biofuels from Isochrysis algae

Researchers Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the microalgae Isochrysis to synthesize both biodiesel and jet fuel, in parallel. The new study was…

Observing photosynthesis in 3D

Observing photosynthesis in 3D

Photosynthesis sustains most of the life on our planet. It harvests energy from sunlight, while generating oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The process takes place in the chloroplasts of plants and algae. Researchers in the team of Wolfgang Baumeister at the Max Planck Institute…

Green algae may treat macular degeneration

Green algae may treat macular degeneration

Liz Freeman reports for the Naples News on a connection between green algae and the potential to restore vision in people with macular degeneration. RetroSense Therapeutics, a biotechnology company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, intends to launch a human clinical trial later this year that involves a gene found in green algae…

New method for drying microalgae

New method for drying microalgae

A team of researchers from the University of Almeria (UAL) has patented a method for dehydrating microalgae and producing cheaper biofuel. By applying a technique for drying the algae, scientists from the biotechnology group managed to reduce by more than one third the breeding ground of these organisms…

Algae react to stress hormone

Algae react to stress hormone

Land-based plants — including the fruits and vegetables in your kitchen — produce and respond to hormones in order to survive. Scientists once believed that hormone-signaling machinery only existed in these relatively complex plants. But new research from the University of Maryland shows that some…

Growing spirulina at home microfarms

Growing spirulina at home microfarms

Cheap-Health-Revolution.com interviewed Robert Henrikson recently about growing spirulina at home, its health benefits, his work in promoting microfarms, as well as his vision for what spirulina can do in the future. Among the highlights of this fascinating interview… I’ve been eating about 5 grams…

A.I.M.’s 2014 Year in Review—Part 3

A.I.M.’s 2014 Year in Review—Part 3

2014 was a year of change, a year of innovation, a year of growth. Here are some of the most encouraging developments. Most anticipated research results: The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) final report – it’s big and covers a lot of territory. Most interesting related technology… [Read the full story]

A.I.M.’s 2014 Year in Review—Part 2

A.I.M.’s 2014 Year in Review—Part 2

Much of the development of the algae industry in 2014 was driven by domestic and international alliances, partnerships, and mergers that brought complementary skills and technologies together. These collaborations were forged in record numbers in 2014. Some of the more high profile collaborations… [Read the full story]

A.I.M.’s 2014 Year in Review—Part 1

A.I.M.’s 2014 Year in Review—Part 1

So what happened in the world of algae over the past year? While to many this question might conjure up images of algae-bloomed beaches, Toledo’s toxic water curse of the summer, or maybe just a thought that the concept of algal biofuel has gone bye bye in the wake of cheap oil… [Read the full story]