Seaweed as a wood finish

Seaweed as a wood finish

Benedict O’Donnell writes in the EU Research and Innovation magazine, Horizon, about research being developed on seaweed as a biological, environmentally friendly, sustainable, alternative to oil-based varnish for wood preservation. The NEXT1KOAT project, which was coordinated by Francisco Melero from the…

ExxonMobil and Biofuels

ExxonMobil and Biofuels

ExxonMobil scientists Vijay Swarup and Kelsey McNeely are still on the case for algal-based biofuels. Here they discuss the challenges and benefits of a technology that could transform how we power cars, planes, and just about anything with an internal combustion engine…

Algal “toolkit” discovered to repair proteins

Algal “toolkit” discovered to repair proteins

A new way of fixing inactive proteins has been discovered in an alga, which uses chloroplast extracts and light to release an interrupting sequence from a protein. Research specialist Stephen Campbell and Professor David Stern at the Boyce Thompson Institute, in Ithaca, NY…

Filtertech acquires US Centrifuge Systems

Filtertech acquires US Centrifuge Systems

Filtertech, Inc. located in Manlius NY, has acquired US Centrifuge Systems (USCS) and added their line of automatic and manual basket type centrifuges to the Filtertech line of filtration and related equipment. A business partner for decades, the USCS acquisition will enhance Filtertech’s efforts in the wire and cable, glass grinding, algae dewatering and harvesting and paint… [Read the full story]

Artificial cartilage grown using alginate

Artificial cartilage grown using alginate

Labnews.co.uk writes about a team of engineers using a 3D printer and bioink — a material made from living cells — to produce artificial cartilage. It is suitable for large-scale bioprinting, as it is unicellular and contains no blood vessels. The artificial cartilage produced is very similar to cow cartilage. “Our goal is to create…

ArcticFarma and BGG resolve astaxanthin branding conflict

ArcticFarma and BGG resolve astaxanthin branding conflict

Natural Icelandic astaxanthin supplier, ArcticFarma, has reached an agreement with a subsidiary of China-based BGG to rename itself in order to avoid market confusion. “BGG’s launch of Algae Life Sciences immediately raised concerns about confusion in the marketplace due to the similarities… [Read the full story]

AstaReal Inc. expanding operations

AstaReal Inc. expanding operations

Rodney Harwood writes in columbiabasinherald.com that astaxanthin makers, the AstaReal Group, after two years in their $34 million, 59,000 square-foot factory in Moses Lake, Washington, will invest an additional $30 million and create 50 new jobs within the next two years… [Read the full story]

New Wave Foods’ sustainable shrimp from red algae

New Wave Foods’ sustainable shrimp from red algae

San Francisco biotech startup New Wave Foods aims to address the impact of overfishing, bycatch, water pollution, slave labor, an animal death toll in the trillions, and other ills of our unsustainable lust for shrimp…with red algae. In the lab, New Wave Foods has engineered a product with the same taste, texture, and look…

Mosquito-killing Algae

Mosquito-killing Algae

KEYE-TV reports on researchers at the University of Texas developing a natural way to stop virus-transmitting mosquitoes from breeding, using biologically engineered algae to kill their larvae. The algae can live in ponds without harming other wildlife — but it will stop the mosquitoes carrying Zika and West Nile in their tracks…

CYCLALG algae research consortium targets biodiesel

CYCLALG algae research consortium targets biodiesel

A consortium of six R&D centers in the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and France – NEIKER-Tecnalia, National Centre of Renewable Energies, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association of Industry of Navarre, Association for the Environment and Safety in Aquitaine, and the Centre for the Application and…

Queensland’s Qponics to farm algae for omega-3

Queensland’s Qponics to farm algae for omega-3

John Ballot reports in Brisbane, Australia’s Courier-Mail that Queensland start-up Qponics is set to tap into the booming Chinese supplements market as it prepares to open Australia’s first sustainable omega-3 producing farm. Qponics, which was started in 2011, received a $1 million grant in June through the Federal…

EID Parry developing algae-based food colors

EID Parry developing algae-based food colors

Gireesh Babu reports for businessstandard.com that Murugappa Group’s EID Parry, in India, is working on developing natural food colors as part of strengthening its presence in the wellness space. It has mapped out plans to reduce the dependence on sugar by extending the core business to ethanol, biofuels, power and…

Taiwan Cement to expand microalgae production

Taiwan Cement to expand microalgae production

Kuo Chia-erh reports for Taipei Times that Taiwan Cement Corp, the nation’s leading cement supplier, has announced plans to expand its microalgae farm, which produces astaxanthin. The expanded plant is expected to become operational in the first half of next year, Taiwan Cement chairman Leslie Koo told reporters…

“Porous Substrate Bioreactor” developed at U. of Cologne

“Porous Substrate Bioreactor” developed at U. of Cologne

Gaynor Selby writes in foodingredientsfirst.com that a team of scientists and researchers at the University of Cologne believe they have made a breakthrough that could lead to cultivating algae on a commercial scale in a much cheaper way than is currently possible. Head of botany and algae specialist professor…

Astaxanthin leading carotenoids market growth

Astaxanthin leading carotenoids market growth

Astaxanthin is leading a steady growth in the carotenoids market, which is projected to reach a value of $1.53 billion U.S. by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 3.78% from 2016 to 2021. According to the new study by reportsnreports.com, the market is being driven by factors such as increasing health consciousness…

Dr. Mayfield on Biofuels

Dr. Mayfield on Biofuels

Kate Sequeira produced this video interview with UCSD biology professor Stephen Mayfield for the San Diego Union Tribune. Dr. Mayfield has spent the past 25 years experimenting with algae, and now focuses on extracting crude oil from green algae to create biofuel. “When petroleum’s expensive, we invest in alternative fuels…

Manta Biofuel awarded $1 Million from DOE

Manta Biofuel awarded $1 Million from DOE

Manta Biofuel, of Bethesda, Maryland has won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop its algal technology. A member of Bethesda Green’s business incubator, Manta Biofuel LLC is a biotechnology firm that has developed a patent-pending method for producing renewable… [Read the full story]

DOE $15 million to improve algal biofuels/bioproducts

DOE $15 million to improve algal biofuels/bioproducts

The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) has announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects will develop highly productive algal cultivation systems and couple those systems…

NAXA releases first astaxanthin verification results

NAXA releases first astaxanthin verification results

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) has completed its first round of testing of retail astaxanthin products, after earlier this year expanding the NAXA Verification Program to include retail products. Twelve products were tested to verify that the source of astaxanthin as described… [Read the full story]

Algae in the DOE 2016 Billion-Ton Report

Algae in the DOE 2016 Billion-Ton Report

The U.S. Department of Energy’s just released 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy summarizes the most recent estimates of potential biomass that could be available for biorefining in the future. This report is the first in the Billion-Ton series to include algae in the biomass…

India to join EU research on drugs from cyanobacteria

India to join EU research on drugs from cyanobacteria

S V Krishna Chaitanya writes for newindianexpress that India is set to join an elite European Union (EU) research group aiming at discovering new drug molecules. These include anti-cancerous, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiprotozoal molecules, from cyanobacteria (blue green algae) found in marine and…

Algae-cleaning tech gears up in Florida

Algae-cleaning tech gears up in Florida

Tyler Treadway of TCPalm reports on technology joining the fight in response to the Florida algae blooms. He watches, as water from a boat basin topped with several inches of foul-smelling algae is pumped into the back of a tractor-trailer rig through one pipe, another pipe sending water out from the rig and back into the basin…

Treating Algal Blooms

Treating Algal Blooms

Toxins from harmful algal blooms are increasingly contaminating source waters, as well as the drinking water treatment facilities that source waters supply. This video from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows EPA researchers helping the treatment facilities find safe, cost effective ways to remove the toxins…

How bacteria manage algal gardens

How bacteria manage algal gardens

Andy Coghlan reports in New Scientist.com about research that shows how Roseobacter, a type of marine bacteria, tends algae using “pesticides” to keep other microbes away. Understanding how Roseobacter does this could help us better understand nutrient circulation in the world’s oceans, where the bacteria and…

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