Australian LCA shows potential for algal biofuels

Australian LCA shows potential for algal biofuels

In a recent study by Bojan Tamburic and Arunima Malik, published in The Conversation, algae biofuels were put under the cost-benefit microscope, to assess the viability of developing a full-scale algae biofuel industry in Australia. A hybrid life-cycle assessment (LCA) was used, which aims to evaluate…

Liqoflux’s Capillary Algae Pre-Concentration System

Liqoflux’s Capillary Algae Pre-Concentration System

Liqoflux has announced that Commercial Algae Management (CAM) will be its exclusive distributor in the Americas for its new and innovative, Capillary Algae Pre-Concentration system for commercial algae production. “The Liqoflux systems are equipped with Algaecap® capillary filters, especially developed…

DSM, Evonik to develop algae-based omega-3 for animal nutrition

DSM, Evonik to develop algae-based omega-3 for animal nutrition

DSM Nutritional Products Ltd., of Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, and Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH of Essen, Germany, have entered into a joint development agreement for algae-based omega-3 fatty acid products for… [Read the full story]

BASF, Solazyme launch algal-derived betaine surfactant

BASF, Solazyme launch algal-derived betaine surfactant

BASF and Solazyme have announced the launch of the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications. Commercialized by BASF under the trade name Dehyton® AO 45, algal betaine is a betaine… [Read the full story]

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…

10 ways to get more algae into your diet

10 ways to get more algae into your diet

You know algae are a great food source for you. But what are the best ways to eat it? Jami Foss writes in shape.com about 10 ways to eat algae that are common, healthy and tasty too. And no chef skills required: 1. Wrap sandwiches in nori sheets, which you can find at your local Whole Foods Market or online…

Israeli spirulina project benefitting Rwanda

Israeli spirulina project benefitting Rwanda

Nurit Canetti writes in Israeli Pulse that Rwandan agronomists are on a one-year visit to Israel to study various aspects of Israeli agriculture firsthand. Primarily they are studying techniques developed by Israeli students for fast, cheap and simple cultivation of the microalgae superfood spirulina…

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…

Mike McCabe joins Algal Scientific senior leadership

Mike McCabe joins Algal Scientific senior leadership

Mike McCabe, D.V.M. has joined Plymouth, MI-based Algal Scientific, a leader in algae-based technology for animal and human health, as vice president of animal health and nutrition. He brings 24 years of domestic and international experience in animal health, pharmaceuticals… [Read the full story]

Iran’s Algiran teams with Indian scientist

Iran’s Algiran teams with Indian scientist

Algiran, an Iranian algal biotech company, has recently established a pilot scale algal cultivation demonstration facility at the Chabahar Free Zone, in the Baluchistan Province of Iran. The facility was developed in a technical collaboration with Dr. V Sivasubramanian, the Director… [Read the full story]

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…

Cyanotech net sales up 20% for FY 2015

Cyanotech net sales up 20% for FY 2015

Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation, a leader in microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products, has announced that, for fiscal year 2015 compared to fiscal 2014, net sales were $33,809,000 compared to $28,178,000, an increase of 20%. Gross profit was $14,466,000…

New Algae Biomass Research Center for Japan

New Algae Biomass Research Center for Japan

In Japan, the Algae Biomass Energy System Development Research Center, headed by Professor Makoto Watanabe, was established at the University of Tsukuba on July 1. The new organization’s duties include fundamental research and empirical studies on algae biomass and…

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]

Algae tops IFT list of alternative protein choices

Algae tops IFT list of alternative protein choices

Algae is evolving as the next new alternative protein source consumers are anxious to bite into as an ingredient in crackers, snack bars, cereals and breads, according to a July 12th presentation at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago…

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…

DOE awards $18 million for algal bioproducts and biofuels

DOE awards $18 million for algal bioproducts and biofuels

The U.S. Energy Department has announced six projects that will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. This funding supports the development of a bioeconomy that can help create green jobs…

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…

OriginClear and AlgEternal partner on algal fertilizer

OriginClear and AlgEternal partner on algal fertilizer

OriginClear Inc. and partner AlgEternal have announced that, based on AlgEternal’s field tests, they believe their pure algae concentrate, harvested with OriginClear technology, may reduce conventional fertilizer cost by up to 40 percent. AlgEternal reported these findings following field-testing…

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…

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