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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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?”…

Scotland commercializing the biorefinery concept

Scotland commercializing the biorefinery concept

Scotland is planning the move from an oil-based economy to a bio-based future. A key principle of the government’s desire to embrace a more circular economy in the process is the broad application of Industrial Biotechnology (IB). IB applications drive Scotland’s “Biorefinery Roadmap,” specifically…

Biodigital architecture and “agri-urban” ecosystems

Biodigital architecture and “agri-urban” ecosystems

Marco Poletto, is both a PhD student at Aarhus School of Architecture and partner in London-based ecoLogicStudio, a firm which creates eco-friendly urban systems that interact with the inhabitants of cities. As a research fellow at Aarhus, Mr. Poletto is part of the so-called ADAPT-r programme…

Astaxanthin association confronts quality testing

Astaxanthin association confronts quality testing

Jennifer Grebow writes in Nutritional Outlook that astaxanthin supplier AstaReal, of Burlington, NJ, one of the founding members of the Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA), announced it is leaving the association, citing concerns over the association’s ability to affirm the quality… [Read the full story]

Efficient utilization of volatile waste nutrients

Efficient utilization of volatile waste nutrients

Algaculture, or algae farming, like any form of agriculture, is highly sensitive to fertilizer costs. A major roadblock to commercial algae farming is efficient utilization of volatile nutrients, specifically ammonia and carbon dioxide (CO2), to feed the algae being farmed. Currently, society produces large quantities of waste…

Can multiple effect evaporators be replaced with algal technology?

Can multiple effect evaporators be replaced with algal technology?

A multiple-effect evaporator (MEE) is a system designed for efficiently using the heat from steam to evaporate water. This equipment is recommended by pollution control agencies to evaporate industrial effluents and R/O (reverse osmosis) rejects…