An algae solution for Flint, Michigan’s lead poisoning? Part 1

An algae solution for Flint, Michigan’s lead poisoning? Part 1

Flint Michigan’s water supply was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2014. The Flint is so notoriously dirty that some locals call it the Filth River. The change was made during a financial state of emergency for the struggling industrial town. The shift was supposed to be temporary until a new state-run supply line…

Algae Cooking Oil

Algae Cooking Oil

West Hollywood chef Ariane Resnick is promoting algae cooking oil as better than extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. “It is the easiest most versatile oil I have found to cook with,” said Ms. Resnick. A spokesperson for Thrive algae, she cooks for those who have diabetes, gluten intolerance and other dietary challenges…

Brown algae most studied for use in feed

Brown algae most studied for use in feed

Emmy Koeleman writes in All About Feed & Dairy Global about a review in the Journal of Animal Feed Science and Technology that looked at the different seaweeds available and how they can be used for ruminants, pigs, poultry and rabbits. Seaweeds are valuable alternative feeds for livestock…

German soft drink market promoting algae

German soft drink market promoting algae

Julia Buech writes for Mintel Research that, as concerns over the health and environmental impacts of eating meat have grown in Germany, so too has interest in alternative protein sources, including seaweeds such as algae, chlorella and spirulina. Indeed, Mintel research finds three out of five German consumers…

New spirulina and cancer study

New spirulina and cancer study

Alex Strauss writes in Surviving Mesothelioma about a new study on spirulina’s effects on five major types of cancer. Spirulina — a cyanobacterium, or blue-green algae, that is cultivated as a dietary supplement and as a whole food — is rich in plant proteins and contains other vitamins and minerals…

DOE offers $15 Million for upping algal biomass yield

DOE offers $15 Million for upping algal biomass yield

The U.S. Energy Department has announced up to $15 million in funding to develop technologies that are likely to succeed in producing 3,700 gallons of algal biofuel intermediate (or equivalent dry weight basis) per acre per year (gal/acre/yr) on an annualized average basis (not peak or projected)…

Algae Foundation collaborates with SFCC on DOE grant

Algae Foundation collaborates with SFCC on DOE grant

The Algae Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about algae, its biology, ecology, cultivation and commercial potential, has been awarded a three-year grant from the Department of Energy to develop a college degree in algal biology, technology and cultivation… [Read the full story]

Efficient transfer of CO2 to microalgal systems

Efficient transfer of CO2 to microalgal systems

Researchers have developed a new inexpensive and environmentally friendly technique to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, according to a study at the University of Melbourne. The technique involves a novel combination of solvent absorption, membrane desorption and microalgal cultivation…

Seaweed Snacks

Seaweed Snacks

The road to riches for Thailand’s snack king, Itthipat Peeradechapan, is paved with crispy fried seaweed that fuses the traditional dried algae with wild flavors ranging from coconut to grilled squid….

Japan’s Chitose ramping up spirulina capacity abroad

Japan’s Chitose ramping up spirulina capacity abroad

Akane Okutsu writes for asia.nikkei.com that Japanese bioventure Chitose Laboratory is taking its spirulina business overseas, with plans to quintuple capacity for the edible blue-green algae by setting up American and Singaporean production bases. Chitose was launched in 2002 to develop…

Senegalese move from fishing to sea farming

Senegalese move from fishing to sea farming

Jori Lewis writes that in Senegal’s capital city, Dakar, the age-old profession of fishing is giving way to catching a specific kind of red seaweed, Meristotheca senegalensis, that flourishes in Ngor’s Bay and during a certain time of year washes up on the sand. But what washes up is just a portion of…

Algae ink startup crowdfunds $60K

Algae ink startup crowdfunds $60K

George Demopoulos writes in BusinessDen about a Colorado algae startup that has inked its first round of sales, using Kickstarter to raise $60,000. Living Ink, which developed invisible ink that appears over a few days, quadrupled its $15,000 target in a campaign that just ended…

GlycoMar Ltd. and MicroA AS joint venture

GlycoMar Ltd. and MicroA AS joint venture

Scottish biotechnology company GlycoMar and Norwegian technology company MicroA have announced their joint venture business, Prasinotech Ltd. The new company, registered in Scotland, will implement the manufacture of high value polysaccharide products from microalgae… [Read the full story]

Rhode Island spirulina farmer playing the Tom Brady factor

Rhode Island spirulina farmer playing the Tom Brady factor

Jenna Pelletier writes in the providence (Rhode Island) Journal that Lawrence Dressler, a Cranston, Rhode Island spirulina farmer has been getting some fresh publicity lately thanks to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. His family’s personal chef recently revealed, in an interview with…

TomAlgae and Liqoflux join forces for better shrimp feed

TomAlgae and Liqoflux join forces for better shrimp feed

Nevele, Belgium-based TomAlgae is developing freeze-dried microalgae for feed in shrimp hatcheries. The company has created its own microalgal “cultivar” and manufactures a lyophilized (freeze-dried) product exceptionally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, both EPA and DHA, proteins and vitamins…

3-D Algae Printing

3-D Algae Printing

Barbara Zeller from 3D printing materials company, 3D Fuel, talks to TCT media at CES 2016 about sustainability, and helping to address the world’s algae bloom problems by using the nuisance algae as a source for creating an algae-based multi-colored line of 3D printer filaments…

AstaReal 1st non-GMO natural astaxanthin

AstaReal 1st non-GMO natural astaxanthin

AstaReal, Inc. announced it is the first natural astaxanthin to verify non-GMO status via the Non-GMO Project Verified program. On December 22, 2015, AstaReal, Inc. received its certificate along with a letter of compliance from NSF, stating AstaReal® L10 (10% oil) is found to be verifiable in accordance with the Non-GMO Project…

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll — Part 5

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll — Part 5

As we present the final three categories of Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll we want to thank all of the readers who took the time to share their views on the people, organizations and businesses that are creating the best practices for the modern algae industry…

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll — Part 4

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll — Part 4

This fourth of five posts begins with winners in the Algae Microfarm category. Few initiatives offer the prospect of transforming society to create more successful farmers and healthier food. Algae microfarms present a phenomenal opportunity for a new generation of food, feed, fertilizer, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical…

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll — Part 3

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll — Part 3

This third of our five posts begins with winners in the Environmental Solutions category. Environmental Solutions have become a dominant value proposition for algae producers. Carbon capture and reuse became a major focus of Federal and State policy experts along with algae scientists at the Algae Biomass Summit…

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll — Part 2

A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll — Part 2

The Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll recognizes the best in our industry that are lifted up by you, our A.I.M. readers. Thank you for your engagement! This second of five posts begins with winners in the Algae Cultivation Equipment category. Cultivation equipment improves every year as growers learn…

A.I.M.’s International Readers’ Poll — Part 1

A.I.M.’s International Readers’ Poll — Part 1

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll recognizes the best in our industry as selected by you, our A.I.M. readers. Thank you for your engagement! The Poll offers a voyage of discovery throughout the global algae industry. Many people ask, “What is happening…

Photosynthetic Efficiency

Photosynthetic Efficiency

Photosynthesis uses light from the sun and carbon dioxide from the air to make chemicals that can be converted into energy-rich biofuels. Plants, however, transform less than five percent of the solar energy they capture into harvestable chemical energy. The New Mexico Consortium and Los Alamos National…

Chlorella touted as hangover cure

Chlorella touted as hangover cure

Lisa Ryan writes for London’s Daily Mail that Chlorella has emerged as a superfood “hero,” full of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients – known as a powerful liver and metal detoxifier that can knock out colds, flus and viruses, and even improve skin. Now, say experts, the single-cell green algae strain can also…

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