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…

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…

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…

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…

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…