BioAstin first to receive NAXA verified seal

BioAstin first to receive NAXA verified seal

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association has announced that the full line of Nutrex Hawaii’s BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin® products are the first retail astaxanthin products to receive the verification seal. The new NAXA Verification Program (NAVP) involves testing products available… [Read the full story]

Is kelp the new kale?

Is kelp the new kale?

Fred Bever reports for NPR that “Kelp is the new kale,” according to Barton Seaver, who directs Harvard’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Program. A former D.C.-area chef, he has recently published a seaweed cookbook and sees a bright future for macroalgae. Their virtues are many, in Mr. Seaver’s eyes: They require…

Can seaweeds clean up our mess?

Can seaweeds clean up our mess?

Karen Phillips writes for deeperblue.com that algae are the alveoli in the ocean lungs of our planet, vitally important to the health of the seas as home, food source, sanctuary and above all the source of over half the oxygen on this planet. In coral seas there are two main kinds of flora – the microalgae that live within the coral…

On producing natural astaxanthin in Bangladesh

On producing natural astaxanthin in Bangladesh

Astaxanthin is one of a group of pigments known as carotenoids, often called a super anti-oxidant – 65 times more powerful than vitamin C; 54 times stronger than β-carotene; 10 times more potent than β-carotene, canthaxantin, zeaxanthin, and lutein; and 100 times more effective than α-tocopherol. It can be obtained from…

All About Astaxanthin

All About Astaxanthin

Here’s the first in a series of videos about everything astaxanthin, where interviewer Roslun Nuttley Moore visits Cyanotech, the worlds largest grower of microalgae, and talks with founder, Chief Science Officer, and Interim President/CEO Dr. Gerry Cysewski about how they grow and manufacturer Hawaiian Natural Astaxanthin…

Meet the Ring Garden: desalination and algae bioreactor

Meet the Ring Garden: desalination and algae bioreactor

Tafline Laylin writes for Inhabitat.com about the elegant solution that Romanian designer Alexandru Predonu has conceived that uses solar energy to power a rotating desalination plant and farm that not only produces clean drinking water for the city of Santa Monica, but also food crops – including algae…

Algae Lab Systems’ AlgaeConnect 2.0

Algae Lab Systems’ AlgaeConnect 2.0

Algae Lab Systems has announced their new line of algae pond and PBR monitoring and control systems. AlgaeConnect 2.0 incorporates rugged outdoor ready monitoring modules within a fully autonomous wireless network, with simple tablet and phone access on site. Individual SPARC boxes are installed…

The long winding road to algae’s promised land

The long winding road to algae’s promised land

Algae Industry Magazine contributing editor, emeritus agribusiness professor at Arizona State University, and algae industry icon Mark Edwards is interviewed this month in nutraingredients-usa.com on how and why the algae industry has a history of over promising and under delivering…

Algae adds traction for new surfboards

Algae adds traction for new surfboards

Alexander Haro, Senior Editor for Inertia, reports that Slater Designs and Firewire Surfboards are collaborating with BLOOM Foam to make “arguably the most environmentally-friendly traction pad on the market today.” In general, Mr. Haro says, “Surfing is a bit of an environmental disaster, involving toxic surfboards…

Virginia startup pitching new spirulina drink

Virginia startup pitching new spirulina drink

Katie Demeria at the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia native Elliot Roth wants people to drink spirulina.“It’s a highly efficient food source, and it can grow practically anywhere,” says Mr. Roth, a 2015 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and founder and CEO of Spira…

Board elections for ABO, Beaudry-Losique new chair

Board elections for ABO, Beaudry-Losique new chair

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has announced the election of six new and returning members to its 18-member Board of Directors for the 2016-2018 term. ABO also welcomed Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development for Algenol… [Read the full story]

Watch Coral Bleaching

Watch Coral Bleaching

In case you haven’t already seen it, this time lapse video from the Weather Channel shows the symbiotic relationship between algae and coral reefs, and how they are being stressed out by climate change. Scientists at the Queensland University of Technology have captured on video the coral bleaching process…

Deep Green Biotech Hub incubator launched in NSW

Deep Green Biotech Hub incubator launched in NSW

In Australia, the New South Wales Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH) has been launched as an enabling incubator environment to foster the development of algae as a cost effective and sustainable resource. The incubator will facilitate a diverse range of products including nutritional supplements, cosmetics, industrial…

New algae-delivered vaccination technology for fish

New algae-delivered vaccination technology for fish

Peter O’Dwyer writes in the Irish Examiner that approximately 5% of the world’s fish stock is lost to infectious disease at a cost of more than $10+ billion annually. MicroSynbiotiX, headquartered in Cork City, Ireland, has developed an oral vaccine hidden within microalgae that fish eat, aiming to reduce those losses significantly…

Demand booming in China for algal EPA-fortified eggs

Demand booming in China for algal EPA-fortified eggs

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) fortified eggs are developing quite a demand among middle and upper-class consumers in China. With clinical trials demonstrating that EPA can improve blood circulation and reduce the formation of blood clots, among many other positive attributes, retailors in major cities including Beijing…

TerraVia, Nestlé to co-develop animal health products

TerraVia, Nestlé to co-develop animal health products

TerraVia, a pioneer in algae-based food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, and Nestlé Purina PetCare, a premiere global manufacturer of pet products, have announced a joint development agreement targeting the companion animal market. The agreement, which spans multiple years, will leverage… [Read the full story]

Cyanotech posts financial results

Cyanotech posts financial results

Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation, producer of microalgae-based nutrition and health products, has announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, ended June 30, 2016. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, net sales were $7,322,000…

DeuSEL project: “practical” algal-based biofuel by 2018

DeuSEL project: “practical” algal-based biofuel by 2018

In Japan, Isuzu Motors Co. Ltd. and Euglena have joined efforts in the DeuSEL project, aiming at the practical use of microalgal-based biofuel by 2018. The project is divided into two major components, defined by each of the partners. Euglena will be responsible for the R&D for cultivating the euglena microalgae…

Wolfson Hands Over Keys

Wolfson Hands Over Keys

TerraVia’s financial results, announced last week for the second quarter of 2016, reflect progress in the company’s transition to food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, offset by the impacts of selling a majority interest in skin care line Algenist to Tengram Capital Partners…

Saga City signs algae R&D agreement

Saga City signs algae R&D agreement

Japan’s University of Tsukuba, Saga City, and Saga University have signed an “Agreement on the Utilization of Algae Biomass and its Research and Development in Saga City.” The agreement defines the three party’s cooperation for the Saga region to take advantage of algae biomass, and to cooperate on the research…

AFA: From Horse Food to Wellness Trend

AFA: From Horse Food to Wellness Trend

Katie Van Syckle writes in New York Magazine that, as a heath-food trend, many swear by blue-green algae’s (BGA’s) energy-boosting properties. In health-food circles, BGA usually refers to spirolina, chlorella, or a quickly rising star by the name of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). Spirulina has been on the market for…

New Zealand culture collection moves to new home

New Zealand culture collection moves to new home

In New Zealand is an internationally significant collection of microalgae cultures known as the Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Microalgae (CICCM). The CICCM was recently moved into a new home in Cawthron Institute’s recently built Envirotech building in central Nelson. The laboratory includes cabinets…

Spirulina growing natural food colors market

Spirulina growing natural food colors market

The global natural food colors market was valued at US$1.2 Billion in 2015, and is expected to grow by 6.8% to reach US$1.3 Billion in 2016. North America and Western Europe are the two largest markets for natural food coloring according to a new market study, collectively accounting… [Read the full story]

TerraVia appoints Apu Mody Chairman and CEO

TerraVia appoints Apu Mody Chairman and CEO

TerraVia Holdings, Inc., the South San Francisco-based next generation food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company formerly known as Solazyme, has announced that Apu Mody, former President of Mars Food America, has been appointed CEO and a member of the Board of… [Read the full story]

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