Algae-growing nuns in Central Africa fighting malnutrition

Algae-growing nuns in Central Africa fighting malnutrition

Sebastian Rich reports on PBS Newshour about the Central African Republic city of Bangui, which has been caught in the crossfire between warring Muslim and Christian groups, ripping the country and its capital apart. The St. Joseph Health Centre has seen the worst of the worst come…

New report explores agar market

New report explores agar market

A new report by Future Market Insights explores the agar market – with a global industry analysis and opportunity assessment 2015-2025. Agar is a gelatinous substance that is usually extracted from algae. It is derived from polysaccharide agarose, which is a crucial supporting structure in the cell walls…

Swimming algae decode living fluid dynamics

Swimming algae decode living fluid dynamics

None of us would be alive if sperm cells didn’t know how to swim, or if the cilia in our lungs couldn’t prevent fluid buildup. But we know very little about the dynamics of so-called “living fluids,” those containing cells, microorganisms or other biological structures. Understanding the behavior of living fluids starts…

Producing bioethanol and co-products from macroalgae

Producing bioethanol and co-products from macroalgae

K. S. Rajgopal writes in thehindu.com about a new study that demonstrates how macroalgal biomass from Gelidiella acerosa and Gracilaria dura collected from Adri and Veraval, both on the west coast of India, and Gelidium pusillum collected from Valinokam on the southeast coast could be used in a biorefinery process…

Scientists offer plan to recycle algal blooms

Scientists offer plan to recycle algal blooms

A multi-pronged nutrient bio-remediation system is the goal of a team of scientists who will present their research this week for cleaning up algae blooms in critical waterways and turning them into useful products. Their work will be discussed at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society…

Bioprinting algae in 3D

Bioprinting algae in 3D

Brian Krassenstein, writing in 3Dprint.com, goes deeper into the recent paper in Engineering in Life Sciences journal discussing the impact 3D bioprinting will have in the field of medicine. As several companies are already printing living human tissue, it’s only a matter of time before many ailments can be halted via…

Algae-based wastewater system for Cape Cod

Algae-based wastewater system for Cape Cod

CapeCod.com writes about a man in Yarmouth, Massachusetts trying to solve the region’s water quality woes by pursuing a pilot program that uses algae both to remove nutrients from wastewater and also to power the process. Brian Braginton-Smith, president and CEO of AquaGen Infrastructure Systems…

Advancing from lab to industrial algae production

Advancing from lab to industrial algae production

Computer Science and Engineering Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Vineet Bafna was on the roster of experts who spoke at Green Revolution 2.0. The symposium, March 12-13 in the Qualcomm Institute, was organized by the California Center for Algal Biology and the Center for Food…

SPLASH promoting algae bioplastics collaborations

SPLASH promoting algae bioplastics collaborations

The European (FP7) algae project Sustainable PoLymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons (SPLASH) has been developing a platform technology for the conversion of third generation algae feedstock into bioplastics. As successful industrial deployment of the platform will require involvement of a broad…

Heat-tolerant algal species discovered

Heat-tolerant algal species discovered

In a collaborative project between New York University Abu Dhabi and the University of Southampton, in the UK, researchers have identified a unique species of symbiotic algae that occurs in corals in the southern Arabian Gulf. The new species has been named Symbiodinium thermophilum, after its heat-loving…

3D printing with algae

3D printing with algae

In an article in the latest issue of Engineering in Life Sciences, Lisa-Marie Rauschendorfer writes about a rarely discussed application of microalgae. As they are sensitive to a range of contaminants, they also can be used as biosensors. The harvesting of cells for such applications from suspensions traditionally…

Euglena gracillis’ appetite for pollutants

Euglena gracillis’ appetite for pollutants

Tim Lougheed reports for the Canadian Chemical News that an entrepreneurial effort based in the lake-dotted Peterborough region of Ontario is enlisting a strain of algae in an effort to make local water as clean as possible. Euglena gracillis has an appetite for pollutants such as phosphorus…