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…

DIC opens DIC/Earthrise Algae Research Center

DIC opens DIC/Earthrise Algae Research Center

Dainippon Ink and Chemicals (DIC Corporation) has opened the DIC/Earthrise Algae Research Center, a leading edge facility that will conduct comprehensive algae-related research in areas ranging from cultivation to practical application. Located on the site of Earthrise Nutritionals, LLC, the DIC Group’s U.S. subsidiary…

G3 aligns with CAP for algae dryers

G3 aligns with CAP for algae dryers

Modesto, California-based G3 Enterprises, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Commercial Algae Professionals (CAP) to represent their unique drying technology in the algae market. “CAP possesses a wealth of knowledge and a host of long-term relationships in the algae industry, which is… [Read the full story]

Prefab Algae Raceways up to 101 m2

Prefab Algae Raceways up to 101 m2

Large prefabricated raceway ponds have been a missing element in algae cultivation scale-up. Now 22-m2 to 101-m2 Algae Raceway™ ponds featuring patent pending APIAC™ technology are available from MicroBio Engineering Inc. (MBE). MBE and their new partners at Colorado Lining International (CLI) have designed the new…

Singapore’s Innopac forms JV to grow microalgae

Singapore’s Innopac forms JV to grow microalgae

Deal Street Asia reports that Singapore-based Innopac Holdings, which has a 90 per cent equity stake in a natural gas distribution company in Dezhou, China, as well as investments in the real estate, property development and equities domains, has formed a joint venture (JV) with Primeforth Renewable Energy to commercially…

NCMA program to identify algal blooms

NCMA program to identify algal blooms

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Macrobiota (NCMA) at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is developing a program to train the next generation of scientists and managers in the taxonomy of harmful marine algae, a key step in rebuilding and maintaining expertise critical to managing the…

Multi-purpose tool developed for cyanobacteria

Multi-purpose tool developed for cyanobacteria

Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular super protein tool that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria making, they say, biofuels and other green chemical production from these organisms more viable. In the current issue of Plant Cell, they describe how they fabricated a synthetic protein…

MicroBio and Colorado Lining join forces for algae ponds

MicroBio and Colorado Lining join forces for algae ponds

MicroBio Engineering, Inc., a leading engineering consulting and research firm focused on algae technologies, and Colorado Lining International, a leader in geosynthetics and geomembrane fabrications and installations, have announced a new partnership to fabricate and market algae… [Read the full story]

New Algal Command Software for Phenometrics PBR101

New Algal Command Software for Phenometrics PBR101

Lansing, MI-based Phenometrics, Inc., maker of the PBR101 photo-bioreactor for optimization of biomass or products derived from algae, has announced newly released control software Algal Command 2.0 and new accessories for the PBR101. The system will be on display at the Algae Biomass Summit…

ABS examines the algae industry, 2015

ABS examines the algae industry, 2015

At a time when algae professionals are closely monitoring U.S. energy policy and international energy trends, as well as the multitude of algal offshoot products, the Algal Biomass Summit (ABS) beginning Sept. 29 will examine the realities and opportunities. Keynoting the Summit, being held… [Read the full story]

Trans’Alg consortium gets launch funding

Trans’Alg consortium gets launch funding

Fermentalg, a Libourne, France-based industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of oils and proteins from microalgae, has signed the consortium agreements to launch the Trans’Alg program. A €31.2 million ($35.6 million USD) collaborative program over 5 years, Trans’Alg will have major…

SE Asia collaboration for sustainable aviation

SE Asia collaboration for sustainable aviation

Bernama.com reports that the Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with four universities for research and technology collaboration in the production of sustainable aviation jet fuel. The Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)…

MSU/PHYCO2 form algae tech collaboration

MSU/PHYCO2 form algae tech collaboration

Michigan State University (MSU) and PHYCO2, an algae growth and CO2 sequestration company based in Santa Maria, CA, have entered into a partnership to develop algae technologies produced from PHYCO2’s patented concept that promotes algae growth and captures carbon dioxide from power plant emissions…

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…

Protec to distribute Algenol’s ethanol commercially

Protec to distribute Algenol’s ethanol commercially

Algenol Biotech LLC has entered into an agreement with Protec Fuel Management, LLC to market and distribute ethanol from Algenol’s Fort Myers, FL, commercial demonstration module. The two will also offer Algenol’s future 18 million gallons per year from its commercial plant, which is planned… [Read the full story]

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…

New seaweed technology drives Australia-China pact

New seaweed technology drives Australia-China pact

Tania Bawden writes for indaily.com that South Australia’s rich marine environment will yield more value-added products under a new research agreement between Flinders University and one of China’s largest seaweed product companies, Qingdao Gather Great Ocean Algal Industry Group (GGOG). The agreement includes…

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…

EPA to host public meeting on GE algae 9/30

EPA to host public meeting on GE algae 9/30

On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a Public Meeting and Opportunity for Public Comment on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Algae. The public meeting… [Read the full story]

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…

DENSO to build test facility for algal biofuels

DENSO to build test facility for algal biofuels

DENSO Corporation, Toyota Motor Corp.’s largest supplier, has announced that it will build a large test facility to culture Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea – an oil-producing microalga patented by DENSO, used to help reduce CO2 emissions. Located in Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan, the new facility will…

Town backs Avespa with $200,000 for algae business

Town backs Avespa with $200,000 for algae business

Bill DiPaolo writes in the Palm Beach Post that a $200,000 loan guarantee for a firm that produces algae was approved unanimously this week by the Jupiter, Florida town council. The company, Avespa Holdings, LLC will be moving into an office in the Jupiter Park of Commerce. The algae they produce will be…

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…

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