Kenyan doctor’s spirulina farm boosts immunity

Kenyan doctor’s spirulina farm boosts immunity

Mercy Kahenda writes in the Standard Daily about Dr. David Githanga, a pediatrician and cardiologist in Kenya who educates mothers and expectant women on proper child nutrition. To help boost the immune systems in children, as well as for the elderly people living with HIV/AIDs, he and his wife…

New algal-based sugar substitute

New algal-based sugar substitute

Fiona Macrae writes for the London Independent that British scientists claim to have found a green alga that produces a sugar-like chemical to protect it from harm. When refined into a white powder, the substance can be used to sweeten products without adding calories. GlycoMar, a Scottish marine biotechnology…

What foods can algae microfarms grow?

What foods can algae microfarms grow?

The Green Friendship Bridge project focuses on enabling microfarmers throughout Mexico and Central America to grow food locally so they do not have to migrate north. The initial training will use spirulina because it is easy to grow, harvest, and make into a wide variety of foods. The next question is: “What is the range…

Spirulina Nutrition Study

Spirulina Nutrition Study

See how spirulina is being used to treat childhood malnutrition and nursing mothers in Madurai, a major city and cultural headquarters in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Professor Doctor Edwin discusses the improvements in children’s health, including weight, iron level and Vitamin A, with a daily…

BioMar to produce fish feed from microalgae

BioMar to produce fish feed from microalgae

Denmark-based feed company BioMar will start producing fish feed with omega-3 fatty acids obtained from microalgae, in what it says will reduce the stress on marine resources to provide sustainable feed. The product was developed in a joint venture with TerraVia Holdings and Bunge… [Read the full story]

Algae.Tec Signs Nutraceutical Supply Agreement

Algae.Tec Signs Nutraceutical Supply Agreement

Algae.Tec, international manufacturer of modular algae cultivation systems, has announced the signing of an exclusive supply agreement with Gencor, a leading worldwide supplier of health supplements, branded ingredients and standardized single-herb extracts to support specific needs… [Read the full story]

Food execs “bullish” on plant proteins, algae

Food execs “bullish” on plant proteins, algae

Teresa Novellino writes in the New York Business Journal that we should expect to see more plant-based proteins, algae and meat-mimicking products on our plates and in our grocery stores in the future. Alternative foods dominated the discussion at Rethink’s Future Food-Tech conference this week in Manhattan…

Algaetech launches astaxanthin-based skin care line

Algaetech launches astaxanthin-based skin care line

Malaysia-based Algaetech has announced the commercial launch of its astaxanthin-based skin care range, Astatude. The anti-aging and brightening skin care products, derived from Haematococcus pluvialis, will be made available through online and departmental channels… [Read the full story]

UCSD algae biofuels program tops BETO ranking

UCSD algae biofuels program tops BETO ranking

The U.S. Department of Energy has ranked UC San Diego’s algae biofuels research effort the number one such program in the nation for the fourth consecutive year. The latest ranking is contained in a recently released report from the agency’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)… [Read the full story]

How can we build the Green Friendship Bridge?

How can we build the Green Friendship Bridge?

A Green Friendship Bridge composed of 8,600 algae microfarms sprinkled throughout Mexico and Central America offers substantial advantages to all stakeholders, compared with a $20 billion border wall. The GAO estimates the additional wall will cost roughly $16.6 million/mile. Rather than build more wall…

The NoMorFilm Project

The NoMorFilm Project

Over 800,000 prosthetic devices – and an even higher number of catheters – are inserted in patients in the European Union every year. Out of these patients, nearly 8% will suffer from a post-implant infection. The bacteria and fungi found in infected prostheses do not respond to conventional antibiotics…

Manipulating microalgae to build valuable compounds

Manipulating microalgae to build valuable compounds

Researchers from Copenhagen Plant Science Centre at University of Copenhagen have succeeded in manipulating a strain of microalgae to form complex molecules to an unprecedented extent, they say, possibly paving the way for an efficient, inexpensive and environmentally friendly method of producing a variety…

Printmaking artist creates paper from algae

Printmaking artist creates paper from algae

Jan Engoren, of tribpub.com writes in Sun-Sentinal.com about Ingrid Schindall, a new artist in residence at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts, who is taking an algal spin on papermaking. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Ms. Schindall studied printmaking with…

Algal cooking oil testing well at retail

Algal cooking oil testing well at retail

TerraVia™, a next generation food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company, the former Solazyme, has reported that its Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil – the first consumer food product incubated by the Company – has successfully completed a retail market test and will be expanding its roll-out…

Cultivating spirulina in Cambodia

Cultivating spirulina in Cambodia

The Phnom Penh Post ran story about a New Zealand couple who, after plans for a dairy business went sour, invested in Cambodia’s mostly untapped spirulina market, setting up Global Superfoods, which produces spirulina powder and pills for the increasingly health-conscious local…

ASU scores chunk of $10M DOE funding for bioenergy R&D

ASU scores chunk of $10M DOE funding for bioenergy R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, Delaware, and Illinois, will support the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO)…

Can algae microfarms build a Green Friendship Bridge?

Can algae microfarms build a Green Friendship Bridge?

The Green Friendship Bridge project offers a positive alternative to wasting $20 billion on Trump’s border wall. The Friendship Bridge proposes to build 8,600 algae microfarms and give these high-value, low cost microfarms to Mexican and Central American farmers. The microfarms will enable farmers and families…

Scotland’s Xanthella

Scotland’s Xanthella

Douglas McKenzie, CEO of Xanthella, shares his observations and enthusiasm to work for an early stage manufacturing company, based in Scotland and operating internationally, that produces photobioreactors for growing microalgae…

How algal cells recycle components during scarcity

How algal cells recycle components during scarcity

To cope with changes in its aquatic environment and the nutrient deficiencies that may result, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a mobile single-cell alga, must adapt its metabolism for subsistence, notably in terms of sugar. The latter is produced by photosynthesis. To this end, plants and algae use internal cell structures…

The algal key to increased crop yields

The algal key to increased crop yields

Algae may hold the key to feeding the world’s burgeoning population. If algae’s efficiency at taking in carbon dioxide from the air could be transferred to crops, we could grow more food in less time using less water and less nitrogen fertilizer. New work from a team led by Carnegie Institution for Science’s Martin Jonikas…

CAB-Comm reports on six years of algal research

CAB-Comm reports on six years of algal research

The Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its six years of operation. CAB-Comm was established in 2010 through a competitive award…

Solix certifies Solasta® Astaxanthin

Solix certifies Solasta® Astaxanthin

Fort Collins, Colorado-based Solix Algredients, Inc., a supplier of natural algal ingredients for the nutrition and personal care markets, has announced that it has been certified by UL Registrar as meeting the Natural Product Association’s (NPA) requirements for compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s…

Combining algae and microfluidics for fresh air indoors

Combining algae and microfluidics for fresh air indoors

Natasha Lomas reports for TechCrunch that Artveoli, a biotech startup, is building an air purifying device that aims to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen in indoor environments, such as offices and homes, by harnessing the photosynthetic properties of algae. “It’s like having trees inside buildings,” is Artveoli’s…

The Green Friendship Bridge Series

The Green Friendship Bridge Series

The Green Friendship Bridge series examines a simple question: “What makes better sense, extending the border wall with Mexico 1,300 miles or taking 13 miles of fence investment to build 8,600 algae microfarms and sprinkle them throughout Mexico and Central America?”…

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