Algae for Foods & Feeds

Algae for Foods & Feeds

Olmix Group, located in Brittany, France, shows how they are employing algae as a primary tool to replace pesticides for crops, and antibiotics for farm animals. Their research and findings reflect a new era of agricultural production, requiring increased technical skills, more natural solutions, and fewer pesticides, antibiotics and…

Algal enzyme enabling biosynthesis of renewable propane

Algal enzyme enabling biosynthesis of renewable propane

A team of researchers led by Professor Nigel Scrutton, director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, and Dr. Patrik Jones from Imperial College of London, have developed a new metabolic pathway for the biosynthesis of propane gas, a relatively clean fuel, by genetically engineering an enzyme found in algae…

Algae animal feed solutions to avoid pesticides in our food

Algae animal feed solutions to avoid pesticides in our food

Recent Algae Secrets posts established how algae solutions could reduce the need for heavy pesticide loads on field crops and for therapeutics that moderate and, in some cases treat symptomology for autism spectrum disorder, (ASD) and other pesticide-induced diseases…

Seaweed Bubble Wrap

Seaweed Bubble Wrap

This year’s Lexus Design competition awarded its top prize to a new material called Agar Plasticity. Hailed as a product to replace plastic bubble wrap, the new material is made mainly from agar. Extracted by first boiling and then dehydrating red algae, agar is extremely lightweight, porous and has a feathery structure.

Unitel wins patent for direct conversion of algae to fatty acids

Unitel wins patent for direct conversion of algae to fatty acids

Unitel Technologies, an Illinois-based designer and builder of pilot and mini-plants, announced that it has received a patent for a new technology to make fatty acids from a feedstock “soup” of cultivated algae and water. “The major stumbling block in the algae space has to do with the fact…

Algae food solutions to avoid pesticide exposure

Algae food solutions to avoid pesticide exposure

Pesticides are substances that attract and destroy pests. Pesticide include a diverse variety of poisons including herbicides, insecticides, nematocides, rodenticides, antimicrobials and fungicides. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals…

Mining Wastewater

Mining Wastewater

Biosystems and agricultural engineering professor Nurhan Dunford and her team of researchers at Oklahoma State University have spent much of the past five years developing strains of algae that can be turned into biofuels and feedstocks for food or medicines. Currently the researchers are studying strains…

Malnourished children in India get spirulina boost

Malnourished children in India get spirulina boost

Ashwini Y S, Bengaluru writes in India’s Deccan Herald that the Department of Women and Child Development has launched a spirulina dietary supplement program for Anganwadi children in the south western state of Karnataka, claiming that the initiatives carried out by three major organizations…

Algae + Papaya = Biofuel

Algae + Papaya = Biofuel

At the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Lisa Keith has spent the past five years fine-tuning conditions under which Chlorella protothecoides algae can be coaxed into producing oil from discarded papayas and other unmarketable…

Algae helping forensic teams catch criminals

Algae helping forensic teams catch criminals

Kirstie R Scott, of University College London Centre for the Forensic Sciences and the Environmental Change Research Centre writes in com about how algae are being used to solve crimes and track down criminals. Microscopic algae, particularly diatoms, can be picked up from virtually anywhere there is water — seas, lakes…

Algae compound testing well as cancer fighter

Algae compound testing well as cancer fighter

Coibamide A, a compound produced by a unique community of blue-green algae, has potent anti-cancer activity in mice and cell cultures that model brain tumors and triple negative breast cancer, two of the most aggressive and difficult-to-treat types of cancer, according to a new study…

Algae-based VeganEgg debuts

Algae-based VeganEgg debuts

Michael Crane reports for Nutritional Outlook that Follow Your Heart, of Canoga Park, CA, is debuting its new algae-based VeganEgg egg-replacement finished product, which it says is the “first of its kind to scramble, bake, and cook just like a chicken egg.” VeganEgg first hit select shelves in late 2015, but the full…

Key enzyme discovered in Botryococcus braunii

Key enzyme discovered in Botryococcus braunii

An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying the common green microalga Botryococcus braunii. The study, published in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications, could enable scientists to use the enzyme in a plant to…

Algae Solutions for pesticide exposure and Autism

Algae Solutions for pesticide exposure and Autism

The last post positioned algae solutions for bioremediation of poisoned water and soil that can reduce the risk of arsenic exposure and the onset of autism spectrum disorder, (ASD). This essay explores how algae bioproducts can serve directly as medicines to reduce the symptoms and severity of ASD…

ATP3 Algae Training

ATP3 Algae Training

The Spring 2016 ATP3 (Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership) workshop will occur May 16th-20th at Santa Fe Community College, Los Alamos National Lab, and the New Mexico Consortium. Focusing on the algae value chain and the food, energy and water nexus, lectures will cover the fundamentals…