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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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]

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…

A blooming mess? Don’t blame the algae!

A blooming mess? Don’t blame the algae!

CBS Miami reports that protesters are demanding answers and action over the toxic mess in Florida — a poisonous algae bloom plaguing four counties now under a state of emergency. The algae bloom took a toll on the busy holiday weekend — forcing some beaches to be closed to swimmers. Protesters instead of…

Seaweed gains ground as food staple in South America

Seaweed gains ground as food staple in South America

Orlando Milesi reports for IPS News that nutrient-rich seaweed, a regular part of the diet of several South American indigenous peoples, is emerging as a new pillar of food security in Latin America and is providing a livelihood for thousands of people in the region’s coastal areas. Seaweeds have been used as human food…

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 9

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 9

Prior posts highlight the value proposition for building a Green Friendship Bridge of algae microfarms in lieu of 1%, (13 miles) of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico. If we built microfarms for Mexican and Central American farmers, should we build another set for U.S. families in impoverished rural communities…

India’s spirulina conundrum

India’s spirulina conundrum

Afshan Yasmeen reports in The Hindu that India’s recent moves to provide two grams of spirulina as nutritional supplements to undernourished children living in the country’s anganwadi shelters in the state of Karnataka is getting push back from some activists and nutritionists who see it as inferior to a balanced meal…