Maine algal businesses collaborating for growth

Maine algal businesses collaborating for growth

While aquafarmers in Maine have been harvesting seaweed for nearly 80 years, for a variety of uses and products, in recent years wild harvests have not been able to meet market demand for some species. The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) has stepped in to provide $50,000 to help form a Maine “algal cluster” that…

EnAlgae winds down with two legacies

EnAlgae winds down with two legacies

EnAlgae, the North West Europe collaboration of 19 partners and 14 observers aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources – that began in March 2011 ­– will officially end on 30th June 2015. “This is the last year for the EnAlgae project, and the summer will see the unveiling…

Reliance increases stake in Algae.Tec

Reliance increases stake in Algae.Tec

Algae.Tec Limited has announced the exercise of $500,000 of options by Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited (Reliance) at an exercise price of $0.07 cents. The options were issued under a second subscription agreement dated 18 December 2014, which provided for an additional investment of $2.4m…

Algal omega-3 treats horse diseases

Algal omega-3 treats horse diseases

Casie Bazay reports in thehorse.com that chronic lower airway diseases, such as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) and inflammatory airway disease (IAD), are very common in horses today. Reducing dust in the diet and environment can benefit these horses, but Purdue University researchers found…

Japan’s IHI Optimizing Botryococcus braunii for Biofuels

Japan’s IHI Optimizing Botryococcus braunii for Biofuels

Japan’s IHI Corporation has announced that they have succeeded in stably cultivating a modified high-output algal strain in a 1,500 square meter open pond in Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan. New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization is supporting the project. This marks an important milestone…

Cleaning de-icing wastewater with algae

Cleaning de-icing wastewater with algae

The process of de-icing aircrafts leaves wastewater that contains glycol. Some years ago, Schiphol, in the Netherlands, experimented with algae to break down this type of wastewater in an environmentally friendly manner. In the pilot project, the water containing glycol was treated over a period of two years in an aerobic…

Algae in the waste-to-fuel cycle

Algae in the waste-to-fuel cycle

John O’Renick, in this insightful piece from the Portland (Oregon) Tribune, writes about the problems we create from treating waste streams as garbage to be disposed of instead of assets for energy production. He suggests that, by using integrated biotechnologies to extract energy as efficiently as possible…

USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program webinar

USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program webinar

Those interested in exploring the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program, which offers loan guarantees for advanced biofuel and renewable chemical production facilities, are invited to attend a webinar taking place on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 1:00pm Eastern Time… [Read the full story]

Solazyme’s Wolfson to receive BIO’s Carver Award

Solazyme’s Wolfson to receive BIO’s Carver Award

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has named Solazyme CEO and co-founder Jonathan S. Wolfson as the recipient of its 2015 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. George Washington Carver was one of the founding fathers… [Read the full story]

PERC takes algal wastewater remediation to next level

PERC takes algal wastewater remediation to next level

Although removal of nutrients from wastewater by algae is well established in India, Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC) claims to be the first organization in India to take microalgal technology successfully to other industries. India’s first large-scale phycoremediation (algae based remediation) plant…

A.I.M. Interview: SFCC’s Luke Spangenburg

A.I.M. Interview: SFCC’s Luke Spangenburg

The vision of developing a community college degree program to train a high technology algae workforce was launched at New Mexico’s Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in 2009. Charles Bensinger assembled the program, with state funding, to start this trained labor pipeline to the Sapphires, Solazymes and…

Allma introduces “liquid Chlorella”

Allma introduces “liquid Chlorella”

Allma Microalgae has unveiled a prototype concentrated “liquid Chlorella” that offers the natural nutritional power of Chlorella vulgaris in a format that’s easy for food and beverage manufacturers to use. The new aqueous extract includes high levels of some of the water-based nutrients from Allma’s sun-grown Chlorella…

ABU study considers commercializing algae in Lebanon

ABU study considers commercializing algae in Lebanon

Ned Whalley reports for Lebanon’s Daily Star that scientists from the American University of Beirut (AUB) have released the results of a three-year study on the potential commercial uses of Lebanon’s coastal microalgae, citing possible applications in medicine, agriculture, nutrition, and as a renewable…

Joule scores $40 million for growth plan

Joule scores $40 million for growth plan

Joule Unlimited, an early stage developer of liquid fuels from sun, engineered cyanobacteria, and recycled CO2, announced closing $40 million in private equity and venture debt financing to support the company’s growth towards commercialization. The round was led by existing investors…

Algae cleaning wastewater in India

Algae cleaning wastewater in India

SciDev.Net’s South Asia desk reports that Indian scientists working on producing biofuel from algae cultured in municipal wastewater are enthused by the findings of a recent study conducted at the biotechnology department of Rice University, in Houston, Texas, demonstrating that strains of algae were capable…

Researchers create “healthy algae bread”

Researchers create “healthy algae bread”

Portugal Press reports that, in a bid to make truly healthy and tasty bread, a group of Portuguese researchers have come up with a recipe that calls for no salt, using algae instead as a taste enhancer. The project was developed by the Marine Resources Research Group (GIRM) from the Polytechnic Institute…

Tata’s carbon capture project succeeding

Tata’s carbon capture project succeeding

Scientific representatives from the EnAlgae consortium are announcing preliminary results this week from a key algal carbon capture project in the works at Britain’s largest steel production factory. EnAlgae, a four-year Strategic Initiative bringing together 19 partners and 14 observers across seven EU Member…

Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels Webinar

Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels Webinar

A new forum has been created at Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ, to examine the future of transportation fuels. As the fuel industry continues to see peaks and valleys in market prices and availability, it is the time for researchers, consumers and leaders to come together and discuss the critical issues…

Scientists find new DNA mod in algae

Scientists find new DNA mod in algae

Scientists at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have described the surprising discovery and function of a new DNA modification in insects, worms and algae. Common DNA modifications occur through methylation, a chemical process that can dramatically change gene expression…

Solazyme reports Q1 2015 results

Solazyme reports Q1 2015 results

Solazyme has announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. “We are executing against our operating plan for 2015 and are pleased with the progress we are seeing across the company and in our manufacturing and commercialization efforts specifically,” said Jonathan Wolfson, CEO of Solazyme…

Understanding dinoflagellate bioluminescence

Understanding dinoflagellate bioluminescence

Algae “red tide” events often create dazzling nighttime light shows of blue-green bioluminescence resulting from the force generated by breaking waves. While many mysteries remain on how such red tide blooms emerge, marine biologists are now making progress in decoding the mechanisms that trigger bioluminescence…

ABSIG promoting algae as tool in ecosystem services

ABSIG promoting algae as tool in ecosystem services

The objective of the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) is to facilitate the development of a robust and sustainable algal industry in the UK while raising awareness of the important role algae play in the provision of ecosystem services. Ecosystems services are the benefits that humans obtain from ecosystems…

Texas teen wins SCI://TECH award for algae project

Texas teen wins SCI://TECH award for algae project

The Paper reports that in Houston, Texas, the growth of two commercially important algae strains, Nannochloropsis occulata and haematococcus pluvialis, is providing ninth grader Andrew Kim, and the Lone Star College-Montgomery biotechnology lab that assisted him in its cultivation, a grand prize award and nationwide…

New methods for genetically engineering diatoms

New methods for genetically engineering diatoms

Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization in La Jolla, California, have published a paper outlining new synthetic biology methods to manipulate diatoms. The paper titled, “Designer diatom episomes delivered by conjugation,” was published April 21st in Nature Communications…

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