Rwanda fighting malnutrition with spirulina

Rwanda fighting malnutrition with spirulina

Michel Nkurunziza writes in allafrica.com that the Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), City of Kigali and YaLa Africa are in a joint effort to combat malnutrition using spirulina farming. “It is a supplement that can be added to students’ food, and scientific studies have shown that spirulina significantly boosts mental…

Japan’s algae pioneers explore productive strains

Japan’s algae pioneers explore productive strains

With large-scale production at low cost a future possibility, many corporations in Japan are beginning to jump on the algae fuel bandwagon. Heavy industry giant IHI Corp. erected a 1,500-square-meter facility in Kagoshima earlier this year. Commissioned by the central government’s New Energy and Industrial…

NCMA designated as international patent depository

NCMA designated as international patent depository

The National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) in East Boothbay, Maine, has been designated an international depository authority (IDA) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), making it eligible to accept and hold algae and bacteria for patent applications worldwide. Such designations…

Chlamy — a cure for blindness?

Chlamy — a cure for blindness?

Sarah Zhang writes in Wired Magazine that the single-cell green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii have an eyespot that makes use of light-sensitive proteins. One of them is called channelrhodopsin-2. This algal protein, transplanted into the human retina, could one day restore sight to the blind…

Seaweed farming — new jobs for coastal communities

Seaweed farming — new jobs for coastal communities

Dr. Gloria Naa Dzama Addico and Kweku Amoako Atta deGraft-Johnson write in Graphic Online about the plight of the fisher folks in Ghana — in the throes of depleting fish stocks, unfair competition and higher costs of doing business. Many of the displaced workers are now turning to seaweed farming as a replacement for their…

Genetic manipulation for algal biofuel productivity

Genetic manipulation for algal biofuel productivity

The Suffield Times reports that Dr. Hiroyuki Ohta, at Tokyo Institute of Technology, along with a team of scientists, has discovered a means to enhance the manufacturing of triacylglycerols – fat-based molecules – within the Nannochloropsis algal strain NNIES-2145, thereby synthesizing oil from the microalgae…

Cleaning wastewater with euglena

Cleaning wastewater with euglena

Joelle Kovach writes in the Peterborough Examiner that a company developing new technologies using the algae euglena to purify water has opened a new facility near Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. Noble Purification was founded by Adam Noble, 21, a medical student. So far, the two-year-old company…