Producing a biofertilizer with microalgae and wastewater

Producing a biofertilizer with microalgae and wastewater

The high concentration of nutrients in wastewaters and in effluents of agro-industrial processes, particularly total N and P, is an environmental problem, and requires costly chemical-based treatments to remove them during wastewater treatment. The ability of microalgae to effectively grow in nutrient-rich…

A novel algae strategy for arsenic poisoning

A novel algae strategy for arsenic poisoning

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates over 200 million people worldwide are exposed to arsenic concentrations in drinking water that exceed the guideline limit of 10 µg/L. This threshold may also be expressed as 10 parts per billion (ppb). The majority of arsenic exposure lies in southern Asian countries…

Pond Scum Close Up

Pond Scum Close Up

A little visual entertainment this time with fresh water diatoms, other forms of algae, and bacteria from a swamp – filmed in 1080p HD using Differential Interference Contrast microscopy courtesy of MartinMicroscope.com…

ABO accepting abstracts and proposals for ABS

ABO accepting abstracts and proposals for ABS

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has announced that the tenth annual Algae Biomass Summit will take place October 23 – October 26 in Phoenix, AZ at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa. The ABO is now accepting abstracts and proposals for keynote speakers, panel presentations… [Read the full story]

LANL, UW mining lipids from algae

LANL, UW mining lipids from algae

Some species of algae naturally produce lipids in abundance, making them a desirable feedstock for lipid-based fuels. These strains of algae live in both saltwater and fresh water environments and if they are carefully cultivated, they could be coerced into making enough lipids to fuel automobiles and planes…

Astaxanthin study shows spatial memory enhancement

Astaxanthin study shows spatial memory enhancement

With the recent rise in popularity of naturally-derived supplements for good health, there has been increased attention on developing so-called “brain foods,” or foods which can enhance brain function. Of particular interest has been the natural red pigment astaxanthin (ASX) abundant in both salmon…

UD researcher works Delaware algal strain

UD researcher works Delaware algal strain

At the University of Delaware (UD), associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to grow algae on power plant smokestack emissions to neutralize their nitric oxide and carbon dioxide, and create sustainable algae-based biofuels. “What if we could capture or redirect these emissions for a usable purpose…

Obama proposes increased funding for BETO

Obama proposes increased funding for BETO

President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request was released earlier this month, proposing increased funding levels for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The request proposes $278.9 million for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), which is a $53.9 million (24%) increase from the enacted… [Read the full story]

Seeing the light — with a little help from algae optogenetics

Seeing the light — with a little help from algae optogenetics

Katherine Bourzac writes in Technology Review that if all goes according to plan, sometime next month a surgeon in Texas will use a needle to inject viruses laden with DNA from light-sensitive algae into the eye of a legally blind person in a trial that could let the patient see again, if only in blurry black-and-white…

How to Make Astaxanthin

How to Make Astaxanthin

This video from the Discovery Channel shows how the super anti-oxident Astaxanthin is created from Haematococcus Pluvialis at Mera Pharmaceuticals in Kailua Kona, Hawaii…

Ira Levine awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair

Ira Levine awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair

Only hours after University of Southern Maine awarded Professor Ira Levine a year-long sabbatical, the U.S. Department of State awarded him with the biggest prize of his career. And suddenly, his year away got a whole lot busier. The aquaculture expert’s previously planned work… [Read the full story]

DOE requests info on bioproducts process verification

DOE requests info on bioproducts process verification

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to perform process verifications for biomass conversion pathways to biofuels…

UT professor using “tiny greenhouses” to research algae

UT professor using “tiny greenhouses” to research algae

Professor David Sinton of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has been awarded a 2015 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The award will support Sinton’s research into optimizing the growth…

Qatar algae research project moves to Phase 2

Qatar algae research project moves to Phase 2

Joey Aguilar writes for the Gulf-Times that a Qatar University project to develop sustainable technologies from algae has entered the second phase. The initiative, led by project manager Hareb al-Jabri, started in 2009 with funding from Qatar Airways and Qatar Science and Technology Park…

University of Kentucky building 5-acre algae facility in China

University of Kentucky building 5-acre algae facility in China

The Algae and Biofuels Laboratory at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is partnering with Lianhenghui Investment Company to construct a five-acre algae production facility in Zhengzhou, China. The new facility will feature CAER’s novel photobioreactor technology for growing algae…

Can algae save children from heavy metals poisoning?

Can algae save children from heavy metals poisoning?

Approximately half a million U.S. children under five years of age have been tested with blood lead levels exceeding five micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. The number of children and adults at risk from the broader array of heavy metals…

Isolating Algal Species

Isolating Algal Species

Dr. Brad Elder’s algae research team at Nebraska’s Doane College created this video, featuring undergraduate researchers Ryan Corrigan and Jeff Hawken, to illustrate a method of isolating different algal species from large diverse populations of algae. The growth medium resists bacteria and fungal growth…

Cyanotech sales down during strategic refocus

Cyanotech sales down during strategic refocus

Kailua Kona-based Cyanotech Corporation announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2016, ended December 31, 2015. For the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2015, net sales were $7,534,000 compared to $9,691,000, a decrease of 22%…

Matrix Genetics & Proterro partner on modified spirulina

Matrix Genetics & Proterro partner on modified spirulina

Seattle, WA-based Matrix Genetics, a biotechnology company focused on producing products derived from cyanobacteria, and Proterro, a biotechnology company with a unique photobioreactor technology to convert waste CO2 into valuable products, have announced a partnership to jointly… [Read the full story]

Researching the enormous strength of diatoms

Researching the enormous strength of diatoms

Lori Dajose writes in PhysOrg that researchers in the lab of Julia Greer, professor of materials science and mechanics in Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science, have recently found that diatoms have the highest specific strength — the strength at which a structure breaks with respect to its density…

Algae Fuels boosted by NREL process

Algae Fuels boosted by NREL process

A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research. The process, dubbed Combined Algal Processing (CAP), is detailed in a new paper by NREL’s…

$20-million clean tech algae plant coming to Ontario

$20-million clean tech algae plant coming to Ontario

KawarthaNOW reports that Adam Noble, the founder of bioproducts company Noble Tech Inc., has announced plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot production facility at the new Trent Research and Innovation Park in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The $20-million production facility will offer sustainable solutions…

Mixed-growth microalgae starch for biodiesel

Mixed-growth microalgae starch for biodiesel

The MEHR News Agency reports that two Iranian researchers, Morteza Hassanpour and Mahsa Abbasabadi, are pursuing a project to enrich starch-producing microalgae in a mixed growth medium for manufacturing biodiesel fuel. The starch stored in microalgae is the basic substance for the fermentation process…

Spirulina Growing Kit

Spirulina Growing Kit

Interested in growing spirulina at home? Matthew Huber of Algae Research Supply gives simple instructions for how to get your DIY algae project up and multiplying…

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