A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll: Who makes a difference?

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll: Who makes a difference?

Voting will run from December 1-15. Algae Industry Magazine will publish the winners Monday, January 11, 2016. We will share the profiles of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. Winners’ information will provide rich content for journalists, scientific and educational institutions, as well as social media…

IRP Sponsor Profile: Colorado Lining

IRP Sponsor Profile: Colorado Lining

A pioneer in the algae cultivation industry, Colorado Lining International, Inc. (CLI) offers factory geomembrane fabrication, spray coating materials, and certified installation of unique design-build projects. As a full service geosynthetics contractor, CLI has always maintained a full grasp of the economic… [Read the full story]

Replacing rice farming with algaculture

Replacing rice farming with algaculture

A growing number of villages along the Bengal coastline have been plagued by coastal erosion, repeated cyclones and floods — thanks to climate change. As much as 200 meters of coastline have been disappearing annually, according to a 2013 Zoological Society of London study. This has spelled disaster for rice farming…

Macroalgae study documents its food value

Macroalgae study documents its food value

In a study just published in Phycologia, alga researchers compiled existing data from the scientific literature with respect to contents of compounds that are known to decrease certain risks associated with cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The study provides further support to the idea that one of the best…

Algae Feed for Pigs

Algae Feed for Pigs

The global demand for consumable proteins is increasing, which is sequentially increasing the demand for high quality animal feedstocks. Algae have the potential to increase the quality of animal feed by acting as a nutritional supplement that is high in desirable protein and other nutrients. However, further evaluation of algae…

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Chen Wei-han of the Taipei Times reports that a National Taiwan University (NTU) research team has announced the formulation of a synthetic nanoparticle that is able to extract oil from algae and turn it into biodiesel. The team, led by NTU chemistry professor Chia-wen Wu, synthesized a magnetic nanoparticle for…

IRP Sponsor Profile: NCMA

IRP Sponsor Profile: NCMA

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) is a global leader in providing algae, protozoa and bacteria, together with related products for academic research, corporations, and commercial ventures. The organization serves as a central bioresource center… [Read the full story]

UW researchers sequence haptophyte genome

UW researchers sequence haptophyte genome

There’s an ancient group of algae so numerous that their gigantic blooms can affect the weather, and they account for 30 to 40 percent of all photosynthesis in the world’s oceans. Recently, scientists at the University of Washington sequenced the complete genetic makeup of one of these algae…

Algae Systems upgrades direct potable reuse

Algae Systems upgrades direct potable reuse

A new wastewater treatment that uses algae technology to clean sewage, in what its backers are calling a “twist” on direct potable reuse (DPR). The idea won an Honorable Mention in Dry Futures, an ideas competition focused on solutions for the California drought. Designer Prentiss Darden paired up with the wastewater…

3D Fuel launches algae-based 3D printer filaments

3D Fuel launches algae-based 3D printer filaments

Meridian, MS-based 3D Fuel, a manufacturer of 3D printer filaments, has launched an environmentally sustainable line of 3D printer filaments under the Algae-Fuel brand. “We believe that these products will be very attractive to many users of FDM/FFF technology,” said Barbara Zeller…

Algae process improving crop yields

Algae process improving crop yields

Researchers studying a biological process that enables tiny green algae to grow efficiently have taken the first steps to recreating the mechanism in a more complex plant. Their findings could lead to the breeding of high yield varieties of common crops such as wheat, rice and barley…

Algae-based implant improves heart function

Algae-based implant improves heart function

Gale Scott reports from the American Heart Association 2015 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL that injectable calcium-alginate hydrogel (Algisyl) implants worked better than standard medical therapy for patients with moderate to severe heart failure, researchers said. Douglas Mann, MD, of the Washington University…

Joule to merge with Red Rock Biofuels

Joule to merge with Red Rock Biofuels

Joule, a pioneer of liquid fuels from cyanobacteria and recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a leading developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, have announced their intent to merge. According to a Joule press release, “Red Rock adds a proven technology pathway to Joule’s… [Read the full story]

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Arizona State University (ASU) a three-year, $1 million grant to fund the Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Capture and Membrane Delivery project aimed at enabling more large-scale cultivation of microalgae. ASU engineer Dr. Bruce Rittmann and physicist Dr. Klaus Lackner…

Cyanotech reports latest financial results

Cyanotech reports latest financial results

Kailua Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation, a leader in the production of astaxanthin and spirulina-based products, has announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2016, ended September 30, 2015. For the second quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to the second…

IRP Sponsor Profile: MicroBio Engineering

IRP Sponsor Profile: MicroBio Engineering

Formed by some of the brightest minds in the algae industry, MicroBio Engineering Inc. (MBE) provides consulting and engineering services for the design and construction of algae production facilities for wastewater reclamation, biofuel production, microalgae feeds and specialty products… [Read the full story]

Spain’s BTM auctions microalgae plant

Spain’s BTM auctions microalgae plant

Biotecnología de Microalgas Europe S. L. U. (BTM,) formerly engaged in production and distribution of microalgae and the research and development of new uses for microalgae, has filed for bankruptcy and is auctioning off their assets. BTM’s headquarters are in Madrid, Spain and their production… [Read the full story]

FIT introduces FlowCam Cyano for monitoring cyanobacteria

FIT introduces FlowCam Cyano for monitoring cyanobacteria

Scarborough, Maine-based Fluid Imaging Technologies (FIT) has introduced FlowCam® Cyano for the early detection of harmful cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in fresh bodies of water. Cyanobacteria can produce toxins which can be harmful, even fatal, to humans and animals when large blooms occur…

Qualitas appoints Dr. Rebecca White as Site Manager

Qualitas appoints Dr. Rebecca White as Site Manager

Qualitas Health, developers of high-value vegetarian food supplements and pharmaceutical ingredients based on microalgae, has announced that Dr. Rebecca White has been appointed its Texas Site Manager. “As we continue to build our production capabilities, we are pleased to welcome Dr. White… [Read the full story]

GE algae kills cancer cells, saves healthy ones

GE algae kills cancer cells, saves healthy ones

Hannah Osborne writes in the International Business Times that algae has been genetically engineered to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells. The algae nanoparticles, created by scientists in Australia, were found to kill 90% of cancer cells in cultured human cells. The algae were also successful at killing cancer…

Algae research partnership formed in Qatar

Algae research partnership formed in Qatar

The Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) and Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC) recently signed an agreement to establish a joint project to research algae-based bio products. The agreement aims to support high-quality research and development activities…

Astaxanthin-based energy supplement from New Zealand

Astaxanthin-based energy supplement from New Zealand

Tracy Neal at Radio New Zealand writes about a New Zealand nutraceutical company, New Zealand Supreme Biotechnologies, that has developed an energy supplement blending astaxanthin with other ingredients to provide both immediate energy and endurance. The company, which specializes in producing…

Simris Alg wins “Best New Natural Brand”

Simris Alg wins “Best New Natural Brand”

Pioneering agribusiness Simris Alg won the first prize in the “Best New Natural Brand” category at the Natural & Organic Awards Scandinavia 2015. The award was given for the product Boosting Astaxanthin, veg-friendly astaxanthin from the Simris Select product line. The award is the most prestigious… [Read the full story]

Algae help to understand brain function

Algae help to understand brain function

The same lipid that helps algae swim toward the light also appears to enable one type of brain cell to keep cerebrospinal fluid moving, researchers report. The lipid is ceramide, long known to help keep skin smooth, and now Medical College of Georgia researchers have found ceramide helps make…

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