Algae’s dramatic survival gambit

Algae’s dramatic survival gambit

In a recent study, scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have determined the molecular mechanisms which microalgae apply in order to switch from rapid cell division to growth-arrest during times of acute nutrient deficiency…

Algal Partnership for New Zealand, China

Algal Partnership for New Zealand, China

Research institutions in New Zealand and China are developing a Coastal Innovation partnership focused on algal aquaculture. As reported in the Bay of Plenty Times, a delegation from Tauranga, New Zeeland recently visited its sister city of Yantai, China to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the relationship…

Volkswagen shows algae biogas-powered vehicle

Volkswagen shows algae biogas-powered vehicle

Bioenergy-news.com reports that Volkswagen showcased its algae biogas-powered vehicle at a biogas project based in El Torno Chiclana, a town in south-west Spain. The test vehicle was unveiled at a presentation for the “All-gas biogas project,” run by Aqualia, a water management subsidiary of FCC Group…

Cyanotech Reports FY2016

Cyanotech Reports FY2016

Microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products maker Cyanotech Corporation announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016 and fiscal year 2016. “Our market shares in the natural products channel remain excellent; for the 52 week period ending May 15, 2016, BioAstin…

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 8

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 8

If we built a Green Friendship Bridge composed of 8,600 algae microfarms given to Mexican and Central American farmers in lieu of 1%, (13 miles) of additional border wall, what environmental benefits would accrue? NAFTA and U.S. farm subsidies artificially reduced crop prices lower than Mexican farmers could produce…

Hydrogen synthesis from green algae

Hydrogen synthesis from green algae

Science Daily reports that researchers from Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum, one of the largest universities in Germany, have engineered a hydrogen-producing enzyme in the test tube that works as efficiently as the original. The protein — a so-called hydrogenase from green algae — is made up of a protein scaffold and a cofactor…

Algae buildings coming to Australia?

Algae buildings coming to Australia?

A multi-disciplinary team bringing together science, sustainable building design and architecture may soon develop the first living algae buildings in Australia. Their unique collaboration has seen a comprehensive feasibility study conducted on behalf of the City of Sydney, with plans to create the first flat facade algae panel this year…

Harvesting algae as a biofilm

Harvesting algae as a biofilm

In research by Aravindan Rajendran and Bo Hu published recently in Biotechnology for Biofuels, they describe the development of a novel platform technology using algae and fungal cultures. While microalgae is considered a promising source for biofuel and bioenergy production, bio-remediation and production of high-value…

GNT builds spirulina plant for food colorant

GNT builds spirulina plant for food colorant

The GNT Group, a market leader in using algae as natural ingredients for color, has begun construction of an additional spirulina plant at its headquarters in Mierlo, the Netherlands. The new facility will more than double GNT’s capacity for blue and green food colorants. Currently, the family-based company produces enough…

Envisioning a car-free, algae-powered city

Envisioning a car-free, algae-powered city

Adele Peters writes in fastcoexist.com about a tiny piece of land between Croatia and Serbia — a disputed territory that doesn’t clearly belong to either country — where a group of libertarians is hoping to build a micronation dubbed the Free Republic of Liberland — a country they self-proclaimed into existence in 2015…

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 7

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 7

The Friendship Bridge proposes to build 8,600 algae microfarms in lieu of 13 miles of additional border wall. The highly productive microfarms will be given to Mexican and Central American farmers. The microfarms will enable farmers and families to grow food, feed, biofertilizers and healthy nutritional products on small non-cropland…

Fighting India’s malnutrition with spirulina

Fighting India’s malnutrition with spirulina

Shilpa Baburaj writes in the Times of India that, as a student at PES Institute of Technology (PESIT) in Bengaluru, India, Mahesh RV was disturbed by the condition of undernourished kids. His concern gave birth to the entrepreneurial idea of growing spirulina as a dietary supplement. Today, the 26-year-old is into full-time…

An alga-rithm to save the coral

An alga-rithm to save the coral

Northwestern University researchers have developed a quantitative tool that might help bring back coral from the brink of extinction. The novel algorithm could help assess and predict the future of coral bleaching events by better understanding the coral’s symbiotic partner: algae. “Coral is not an independent organism…

25 ways to eat spirulina

25 ways to eat spirulina

Pete Hughes in England writes about a former Oxford Times writer who has published a book of 25 recipes all featuring spirulina as a prime ingredient. There is even a recipe for dog biscuits. Helen Peacocke wrote her Green Power cookbook inspired by an Abingdon charity’s project to farm spirulina in Africa as a cheap…

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 6

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 6

The Green Friendship Bridge project proposes to shift the money required to construct 13 miles of additional border wall (only 0.7% of the unfinished wall) and instead build 8,600 algae microfarms. These high-value, low cost microfarms will be given to Mexican and Central American farmers. The microfarms…

Radical Option novel shows how humans and algae might unite

Radical Option novel shows how humans and algae might unite

What if humans could make the energy they need from sunlight, air and water — like algae, plants and trees? What if humans could perform…photosynthesis? The algae-powered adventure novel Radical Option dives deep into how modifying human DNA could give humanity the edge it needs to combat the climate crisis…

The Green Friendship Bridge Series Part 5

The Green Friendship Bridge Series Part 5

The Green Friendship Bridge project proposes building algae microfarms that will be sprinkled across Mexico and Central America. The microfarms will enable farmers and families to grow algae-based food, feed, biofertilizers and healthy nutritional products locally on tiny land footprints so they can stay in their homes and…

A breakthrough in fish-free aquaculture feed?

A breakthrough in fish-free aquaculture feed?

Scientists at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia, the second most farmed fish in the world and the most widely farmed in the United States. The findings, which appear in the open-access journal PLOS ONE…

Can seaweed cure food allergies?

Can seaweed cure food allergies?

Edible seaweed are low-calorie and packed with nutrients. Now scientists have found that a type of commercial red macroalgae could help counteract food allergies. They report their findings, using mice, in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (May 17, 2016). Food allergies are a major global health issue that can…