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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…