Spirulina growing as a food colorant

Spirulina growing as a food colorant

Tom Coultate, author of Food: the Chemistry of its Components, writes for Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry that the move from synthetic to “natural” food colorants has not been as simple as might be imagined. For example. the anthocyanins – abundant in fruit – work well in the mildly acidic environments of soft drinks…

Seaweed growing at the dinner table

Seaweed growing at the dinner table

Jason Tetro writes in the Huffington Post that the history of seaweed at the dinner table is longstanding. Back in 600 BC, a Chinese author supposedly stated, “Some algae are a delicacy fit for the most honored guests, even for the King himself.” Back then, these water grasses were considered to be a delicacy rather than a source…

Building a solar farm on the Tijuana River

Building a solar farm on the Tijuana River

Carolina A. Miranda writes in the LA Times that Los Angeles has been examining the role its river can play in the city’s greater ecology. Even architect Frank Gehry is involved in a makeover for the L.A. River. In Tijuana, Mexico, however, another architect is devising a plan to turn the Tijuana River channel…

Chicago water consortia engages algae research

Chicago water consortia engages algae research

Ally Marotti writes in the Chicago Tribune that a new public-private partnership led by World Business Chicago, called Current, is uniting Chicago’s entrepreneurs, researchers and utility companies to solve water problems by bringing water research out of labs and putting it into the hands of companies and utilities…

AlgaStar/BioStim and LANL renew research

AlgaStar/BioStim and LANL renew research

A research team at AlgaStar Inc., a Florida-based biomass R&D cultivation company, reported to the Algae Biomass Summit in 2014 that electromagnetic field (EMF) biostimulation had yielded a 300% biomass growth increase and 174% increase in lipid oil content in several alga samples over controlled growth…

Zika Virus Algae Plan

Zika Virus Algae Plan

NBC television in Austin, Texas, reports that researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are combining algae with mosquito-killing bacteria to fight mosquitoes and the Zika Virus they carry. When the larvae eat the modified algae, it kills them within 24 to 48 hours. “This was something we were interested…

Native Alberta algae to detox tailings ponds

Native Alberta algae to detox tailings ponds

Erin Guiltenane reports that a research project underway at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, aims to clean up oil sands tailings ponds by using native algae already found in them to do the job. Oil sands mining produces pools of wastewater that are difficult…

Chinese/Australian microalgae development center

Chinese/Australian microalgae development center

Global Chinese agribusiness Shandong Tianjiu Industrial Group (Tianjiu) has entered into a three-year $1 million (AUS) joint research agreement with South Australia’s Flinders University to expand a world-class microalgae and related advanced marine bioproduct development center. The research collaboration will focus on…

Developing algae to target wastewater contaminants

Developing algae to target wastewater contaminants

Sean Myers reports that University of Calgary researchers have found a way to program algae with bacterial genes to target unwanted chemicals and pharmaceuticals that end up in wastewater. Lee Jackson, scientific director of the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) research facility…

Salt River Project/ASU study algal strains for power plants

Salt River Project/ASU study algal strains for power plants

Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) and engineers at Salt River Project (SRP), one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, are conducting joint research studies to find new ways to utilize algae in the desert, specifically in the operation of power plants. Dr. Tom Dempster is working on algae for carbon…

German entrepreneur mining rooftop spirulina

German entrepreneur mining rooftop spirulina

CleanMalaysia.com reports that rooftop spirulina gardens are part of a burgeoning do-it-yourself urban farm project in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital. They are aimed at growing edible algae that are high in nutritional value and easy to cultivate in homemade bioreactors on otherwise…

An algae strategy for fighting arsenic poisoning

An algae strategy for fighting arsenic poisoning

The Superfund Priority List of Hazardous Substances ranks arsenic number one because very tiny assimilation builds cumulative body stores that impose devastating health consequences. Arsenic is a stealth killer ingested in polluted air and groundwater and poses…

Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater Treatment

The release of poorly treated wastewater into natural resources impacts human health and the natural environment. Several wastewater treatment works in the Limpopo Province of South Africa are in high and critical risk situations…

Soaring fishmeal prices make algae more appetizing

Soaring fishmeal prices make algae more appetizing

Jason Holland writes in SeafoodSounce.com that the ability of marine and freshwater algae to produce omega-3 oils makes them increasingly suitable for replacing price volatile fish oil and fishmeal products, especially aquaculture feeds. The fish and shrimp farming sectors have been experiencing significant…

Algae-based feed could reduce CO2 levels

Algae-based feed could reduce CO2 levels

A new peer-reviewed study, reported by the Algae Biomass Organization, has shown that widespread use of algae in animal feed could help limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 and possibly even turn back the clock, bringing atmospheric carbon concentrations down to preindustrial levels…

Indian army going algae green

Indian army going algae green

S V Krishna Chaitanya writes for the New Indian Express that a scientist from Chennai, the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in South India, is playing a key role in what is seen as a major step towards the use of renewable energy in the country. Dr. S. Elumalai, head of the Department of Biotechnology…

TerraVia (Solazyme) and Unilever sign $200 Million deal

TerraVia (Solazyme) and Unilever sign $200 Million deal

In a week of major announcements by the transitioning Solazyme, news that their newly christened TerraVia embodiment has announced a five-year global supply agreement with Unilever. The agreement provides for Unilever to purchase renewable algae oils for use in personal…

Source-Omega grows as DHA private labeler

Source-Omega grows as DHA private labeler

Mason, Ohio-based Source-Omega has announced that they are supplying 3rd party DHA omega-3 supplement private labels for launch in the first half of 2016. Several of the new DHA products seek to benefit prenatal, pregnant and nursing markets in the USA, China and Singapore…

Solazyme becomes TerraVia

Solazyme becomes TerraVia

Solazyme announced on Friday (3/11/16) that it is focusing the Company exclusively on algae-based food, nutrition and specialty ingredients. This evolution leverages over a decade of R&D and product development on an innovative suite of algal technologies… [Read the full story]

CO2 Capture at Breweries

CO2 Capture at Breweries

The CEO of Superior Ecotech explains their proprietary algae technology that converts CO2 emissions into Omega-3 oil. Their plans are to build, own, and operate algae growth chambers in breweries and ethanol plants where they’ll grow, harvest and process algae…

Solazyme changing name to TerraVia, focusing on food

Solazyme changing name to TerraVia, focusing on food

In a radical pivot, algal fuel pioneer Solazyme Inc. will be changing its name to TerraVia™ to reflect a new focus on food, nutrition and specialty ingredients. A pioneer in algae technology and innovation, the former Solazyme now has commercial scale food grade manufacturing in operation… [Read the full story]

Marine algae to reduce antibiotics in farming

Marine algae to reduce antibiotics in farming

As part of a partnership in France with the Olmix Group, researchers from Inra Val de Loire Infectiology and Public Health Research Centre (Inra) have shown that a compound extracted from green algae inhibited the growth of pathogenic bacteria in vitro and stimulated the production of immunity mediators…

University of Florida scientists identify algal lipid agent

University of Florida scientists identify algal lipid agent

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) researchers may have found a key to converting algae to fuel. The scientists have found what researchers call a “transcription factor,” called ROC40. Bala Rathinasabapathi, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences, likened a transcription factor’s role…

MicroA scaling up astaxanthin production

MicroA scaling up astaxanthin production

Norwegian company MicroA has decided to upgrade their existing patented production system in order to industrialize microalgae production in Norway, while maintaining a high level of production efficiency and product quality from their existing technology… [Read the full story]

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