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…

Algal Scientific Secures $7 Million

Algal Scientific Secures $7 Million

Michigan-based Algal Scientific Corporation, a biotech developer and manufacturer of algae-based chemicals and a supplier of related technologies for the food and beverage industries, has closed a $7 million Series B funding round. The investment is being led by Formation 8, with additional… [Read the full story]

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…

Algae.Tec to produce nutraceuticals in Georgia plant

Algae.Tec to produce nutraceuticals in Georgia plant

Algae.Tec has announced that following successful algae growth trials the company has begun the expansion of its development and manufacturing facilities in Cumming, Georgia, and the building of an initial small scale plant for the production of algae for the nutraceutical market. On completion, scheduled to be…

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…

In search of clean water for Jordan

In search of clean water for Jordan

As one of the most water-poor countries in the world, Jordan’s current water resources are significantly below the global water scarcity line. Annual rainfall falls under 50mm in 95% of the country and nearly all the groundwater sources are being seriously overexploited. Experts are warning that the country…

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…

Solarvest to produce therapeutic proteins

Solarvest to produce therapeutic proteins

Montague, Prince Edward Island-based Solarvest has announced that it has used its algal-based production platform to express bioactive therapeutic proteins. The proof of concept study required Solarvest’s Algal Platform to produce Bone Morphogenetic Protein(s) (BMP) and was completed using experts…

New NASA mission to study ocean algae

New NASA mission to study ocean algae

NASA has begun work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle. Tentatively scheduled to launch in 2022, the Pre-Aerosol Clouds and ocean…

Cambridge to build Algal Innovation Centre

Cambridge to build Algal Innovation Centre

Cambridge University, in Cambridge, England, has approved plans to build a new £490,000 ($513,196 US) Algal Innovation Centre facility at their Botanic Garden, which will house experiments looking to exploit the potential of algae as a new hi-tech biofuel. “This is work led by a colleague in the Department…

Cellana appoints David Anton COO

Cellana appoints David Anton COO

Cellana, Inc., with operations in San Diego and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, has announced that David Anton, Ph.D., has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and elected to the board of directors of the company. In the COO position, Dr. Anton will lead the transition of Cellana’s ALDUO™ algae cultivation… [Read the full story]

ABO 2015 algae industry survey shows optimism

ABO 2015 algae industry survey shows optimism

A survey of the algae industry conducted by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) broadly shows high expectations for continued growth in the sector as well as increased production of a wide range of algae-derived products. The survey was conducted in February 2015 and includes more than… [Read the full story]

OriginOil launches algae division

OriginOil launches algae division

OriginOil Inc. has announced the launch of its Algae Division, naming Mael Disa-Vingataramin as its President. OriginOil’s Algae Division joins the Petro Division as OriginOil’s latest business unit. Because the company’s Electro Water Separation™ (EWS) has value in multiple… [Read the full story]

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…

Algae pioneer Simris launches 1st consumer brand

Algae pioneer Simris launches 1st consumer brand

Hammenhög, Sweden-based agribusiness Simris Alg has announced the launch of its first consumer products. The algae farmers’ exclusive omega-3 supplements and superfoods will be sold through retail stores and Simris’ own web shop. The launch is initially targeted at the Swedish market, with international markets to follow…

bbi-biotech takes on IGV’s PBR business

bbi-biotech takes on IGV’s PBR business

As of March 1, 2015, bbi-biotech GmbH, of Berlin, Germany, has begun integrating IGV Biotech GmbH’s photobioreactors into its own life science product portfolio. A former market leader for glass tube photobioreactors, IGV closed its business last year due to “internal structural reasons…” [Read the full story]

Nutress adds new algae strain to offerings

Nutress adds new algae strain to offerings

Nutress BV, a Netherlands-based leader in producing large-scale food grade microalgae products for the feed, food and pharma industry, has announced the production launch of their second algae strain, Chlorella vulgaris. Besides the existing production of Chlorella sorokiniana, Nutress…

Algae expertise aids Trump golf course

Algae expertise aids Trump golf course

James Goodman writes in the democratandchronicle.com about Jeffrey Lodge, an associate professor of biological sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, who knows what it takes to break down a wide range of wastes and how to maximize their reuse. His work using algae to clean wastewater has attracted…

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