Algal compound a promising anesthetic

Algal compound a promising anesthetic

Anesthesiologynews.com reports that the first-in-human trial of an algal compound used for anesthetic purposes was reported at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans and was named the “Best Clinical Abstract.” “Neosaxitoxin has prolonged local anesthesia when…

Matrix accelerates spirulina pigments and proteins

Matrix accelerates spirulina pigments and proteins

Seattle, WA-based Matrix Genetics, a biotechnology company focused on producing safe and sustainable commodities derived from cyanobacteria, has announced what they say is a technology breakthrough allowing for rapid and efficient production of pigments and proteins in Spirulina…

Middle East OPEC countries see a future in algae

Middle East OPEC countries see a future in algae

The global demand for fossil fuels is swelling against a tight economic environment and the Middle East is no exception. The domestic consumption of energy in the region is increasing at an astonishing rate. Saudi Arabia’s consumption of oil and gas has risen by approximately 5.9% over the past five years…

Algix and CA waste treatment plant talking algae for plastics

Algix and CA waste treatment plant talking algae for plastics

Kevin Valine at the Modesto Bee writes that the California city of Modesto may sell the algae that grows in its roughly 1,000 acres of sewer ponds at its Jennings Road wastewater treatment plant to Algix, a Mississippi-based company that dries the algae and turns it into pellets to make biodegradable plastic…

Algal malaria vaccine advances

Algal malaria vaccine advances

Using a malaria parasite protein produced from algae, paired with an immune-boosting cocktail suitable for use in humans, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine generated antibodies in mice that nearly eliminated mosquito infection by the malaria parasite. The method, published Feb. 17…

A look at the algae-based food landscape 2015

A look at the algae-based food landscape 2015

Nutritionaloutlook.com this month gives a well-rounded survey of how algae’s uses in food, beverage, and supplements keep expanding. Here is an excerpt: Thanks to the 2010 Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals joint venture between Roquette (Lestrem, France) and Solazyme Food Ingredients…

Replacing fish oil with algae in salmon feed

Replacing fish oil with algae in salmon feed

Fish oil is an ideal source of omega-3 in salmon feed, but the capacity to produce farmed salmon using fish oil as the main source of omega-3 in feed is limited, if the farmed salmon itself is to remain a rich source of omega-3. This means that the salmon feed industry needs access to large volumes of new ingredients…

Algae’s food potential dependent on scalability

Algae’s food potential dependent on scalability

Caroline Scott-Thomas reports on Food Navigator about an online algae discussion on the social media site Reddit where Mars’ chief agricultural officer Howard-Yana Shapiro voiced his opinion that lack of scalability still prevents algae and plant proteins from being used as major food sources. “To date, no one has…

Optimizing photosynthetic efficiency in algae PBRs

Optimizing photosynthetic efficiency in algae PBRs

In a recent study, published in PLOS ONE Journal, the influence of light intensity on the growth and lipid productivity of Nannochloropsis salina was investigated in a flat-bed photobioreactor designed to minimize cells self-shading. The influence of various light intensities was studied with both continuous…