Plant light sensors evolved from algae

Plant light sensors evolved from algae

The light-sensing molecules that tell plants whether to germinate, when to flower and which direction to grow were inherited millions of years ago from ancient algae, finds a new study from Duke University. The findings are some of the strongest evidence yet refuting the prevailing idea that the ancestors of early plants…

Seaweeds explored as nutritional solutions in India

Seaweeds explored as nutritional solutions in India

Dr. Vaibhav Mantri and Dr. C R K Reddy write in fnbnews.com that India, being among the most poverty-stricken regions in the world, is limited in the availability of nutrient-rich food for the large population in the lower economic strata. In bringing affordable nutrition to these people, the authors say…

Boom in astaxanthin boosts carotenoid market

Boom in astaxanthin boosts carotenoid market

The market for carotenoids has changed dramatically for some product segments in the past four years. Prices have dropped for a number of products while market value has risen for others. In particular, the global market for astaxanthin should see big growth courtesy of a sizeable market and…

Feeding cattle with post lipid extracted microalgae

Feeding cattle with post lipid extracted microalgae

Livestock scientists see microalgae’s potential as a sustainable, high-energy feedstuff as well as a protein supplement. Among those scientists are Dr. Megan Van Emon, Assistant Professor at Montana State University, Dr. Daniel Loy, Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University and Dr. Stephanie Hansen…

Ocean algae seem fit for climate change

Ocean algae seem fit for climate change

Scientists have been investigating the likely future impact of changing environmental conditions on ocean phytoplankton, which forms the basis of all the oceans’ food chains, is important for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and generates much of the oxygen needed to sustain life on Earth…

China harvesting algae blooms for U.S. plastics

China harvesting algae blooms for U.S. plastics

Nina Ying Sun writes for Plastics News that due to rampant industrialization, Lake Taihu, the once beautiful third largest freshwater body in China, has in the past couple of decades turned a freakish green with rampant algae blooms, a worsening condition that has plagued local residents… [Read the full story]

Improving algal biocrude from hydrothermal liquefaction

Improving algal biocrude from hydrothermal liquefaction

Biocrude oil obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algae can be an energy-efficient replacement for the fossil crude oil normally used in the production of fuels. HTL is a high-pressure, high-temperature process that allows scientists to mimic, in a matter of minutes, the natural geological processes…

Seaweed as a sustainable feedstock of the future

Seaweed as a sustainable feedstock of the future

Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE). This is the conclusion of a new paper entitled “Comparative environmental life cycle assessment of two seaweed cultivation…

Euglena thrives in health food market

Euglena thrives in health food market

Tom Redmond and Yuko Takeo report for Bloomberg.com that, after 10 years of developing algae as a nutritional supplement generating $37.8 million in annual revenue, Japanese algae company Euglena has teamed up with corporate giants including All Nippon Airways and a unit of…

Algae becomes a favorite cosmetic ingredient

Algae becomes a favorite cosmetic ingredient

Jenny Muslin writes in makeitbetter.net about how, in the wake of trendy beauty product ingredients like argan oil and coconut oil, algae has joined the fray as a go-to additive that is extremely hydrating, softens and brightens skin, fights inflammation, and has loads of minerals, antioxidants…

Earthrise to produce natural blue food coloring

Earthrise to produce natural blue food coloring

Earthrise Nutritionals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo, Japan’s DIC Corporation, is on schedule to complete construction in August, 2015, of a new extraction plant for Linablue® Spirulina-derived natural blue food coloring. Construction began in May 2014. After commissioning, commercial production is expected…

Discovering what gives algae its scent

Discovering what gives algae its scent

The Times of Israel reports that Israeli researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot say they have identified an enzyme in ocean algae responsible for producing the scent of the sea. While scientists have long known that the familiar smell is caused by the molecule dimethylsulfide (DMS), which algae produce…