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…

Charlie Ross picked to head TerraVia’s global food sales

Charlie Ross picked to head TerraVia’s global food sales

TerraVia™ (formerly Solazyme, Inc.) a pioneer in algae innovation focused on food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, has announced that Charlie Ross, former Vice President of DuPont’s Proteins Business Unit, has joined TerraVia as Vice President of Global Sales… [Read the full story]

6th Algal BBB conference coming to San Diego

6th Algal BBB conference coming to San Diego

The International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts will be coming to Paradise Point, San Diego June 26-29. The conference, now in its 6th year, provides direct interaction for attending delegates with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will be placed on the latest… [Read the full story]

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…

SIMRIS now trading on Nasdaq First North

SIMRIS now trading on Nasdaq First North

Nasdaq has announced that the trading in Simris Alg AB’s shares (short name: SIMRIS B) has commenced on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm, Sweden. Simris Alg belongs to the consumer goods sector and is the 18th company to be admitted to trading on Nasdaq’s Nordic markets in 2016. Simris Alg is a Swedish…

Muradel refocuses Whyalla biofuel venture

Muradel refocuses Whyalla biofuel venture

Valerina Changarathil writes in Adelaide Now that the Whyalla, Australia-based commercial biofuel producer Muradel will receive a new federal grant next month to start scaling up its demonstration plant as it refocuses on new feedstock. Muradel did not disclose the grant amount while still being finalized…

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…

$300,000 greenhouse for algal innovation accelerator

$300,000 greenhouse for algal innovation accelerator

A $300,000 greenhouse will be constructed, and the Maine Algal Research and Innovation Accelerator (MARIA) will be formed, on the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences’ campus in East Boothbay this spring, scheduled to begin operations in the fall. Bigelow, an independent not-for-profit research institution…

PHYCO<sub>2</sub> and MSU pass Phase 1 in algae research project

PHYCO2 and MSU pass Phase 1 in algae research project

The research partnership between PHYCO2, an emerging algae growth and carbon dioxide sequestration company, and Michigan State University (MSU) has announced test results in Phase I of their multi-year trial to capture manmade carbon dioxide and create renewable alternative energy feedstock…

Student idea for growing algae in space to produce oxygen

Student idea for growing algae in space to produce oxygen

Will Blackler, an Astronautics and Space Engineering MSc student at Cranfield University in England, outlined a system where algae could provide astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS) with oxygen. He submitted his idea to the Airbus annual National Student Space Competition last month and won £200…

Qatar expanding algae cultivation program

Qatar expanding algae cultivation program

Joey Aguilar reports for the Gulf Times that the Algal Technologies Programme (ATP) in Qatar will develop a new system to protect its algae cultivation from possible damages caused by evaporation of water and sandstorms. The program, a collaboration among Qatar University (QU), Qatar Airways…

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…

New macroalgae collaboration for jet fuel

New macroalgae collaboration for jet fuel

A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC), Airbus Group, University of Malaya, University Malaysia Terengganu, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, for an 18-month research and technology collaboration…

17-year-old invents device to clean polluted streams

17-year-old invents device to clean polluted streams

Chris Weller writes for techinsider.io about 17-year-old Paige Brown, of Bangor, Maine, who created a novel way to pull harmful phosphorus from her local streams – an idea that won her the Global Good Prize and $150,000 in college tuition…

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…

BETO ups algae focus for 2016

BETO ups algae focus for 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced the 2016 update of the BETO Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), reflecting a non-specific increase in the attention toward algal biofuels. BETO’s “Algal Feedstocks Research and Development”… [Read the full story]

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…

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