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…

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…

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 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…

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 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…

Help “reset” the algae industry

Help “reset” the algae industry

Yes, push that red reset button to get the algae industry back on track, by nominating players who are making a real and positive contribution in the world of algae. Over this past decade, the Algae Industry has been dominated by big money chasing the mirage of commercial algae biofuels. My March 2011 post “Shakeout in…