Algae.Tec’s nutraceutical plant “ahead of schedule”

Algae.Tec’s nutraceutical plant “ahead of schedule”

Algae.Tec has announced that, with the completion of the US$1M injection by Gencore, their nutraceutical plant upgrade in Cummings, Georgia, is progressing ahead of schedule. As a result it is now expected that initial sales will be made to Gencore within weeks, with full production being achieved within 3 months…

Algix demos algae process for Chinese partners

Algix demos algae process for Chinese partners

Randall Hammons writes for themeridianstar.com that a delegation from China is in Meridian, Mississippi, to learn from Algix, its business partner, about making biodegradable products from algae. The 17-member delegation has been visiting all week from Yixing, China, a city with 1.3 million people…

Testing algae on “yellow dragon” citrus disease

Testing algae on “yellow dragon” citrus disease

Notimex reports that a group of researchers at the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences (CICIMAR) of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico are researching the applications of algae extracts to combat the “yellow dragon” disease that attacks citrus crops. Scientists conducted an analysis of algae extracts…

Algae treatment for blindness scores $60M

Algae treatment for blindness scores $60M

John Gallagher reports in the Detroit Free Press that Ann Arbor, Michigan-based RetroSense Therapeutics, a small eye-care company that uses green algae genes to treat a type of human blindness, has sold for $60 million to Allergan, a $4 billion-a-year maker of skin and eye care products…

Maabarot’s strategic investment in Algaia

Maabarot’s strategic investment in Algaia

Algaia SA, following its declaration of intent last week to acquire Cargill’s Alginate business, will welcome Maabarot Products Ltd. as its new strategic investor and shareholder. Maabarot, a well-established Tel Aviv Stock Exchange company with a 500-person global footprint based in Israel… [Read the full story]

$1.1B global algae market projected by 2024

$1.1B global algae market projected by 2024

According to this report, the global algae market was valued at US$ 608.0M in 2015 and is projected to reach US$ 1.143B by 2024, at a CAGR of 7.39% from 2016 to 2024. In terms of volume the algae market is expected to reach 27,552 tons by 2024, expanding at a CAGR of 5.32% between 2016 and 2024…

White Cliffs of Algae

White Cliffs of Algae

Researchers outline in a new study the ocean conditions necessary for coccolithophores, a type of algae, to flourish, conditions that likely allowed the White Cliffs of Dover to form nearly 100 million years ago. The new information comes from a great bloom of coccolithophores in the Southern Ocean known as the…

Algal omega-3 a key to sustainable aquaculture

Algal omega-3 a key to sustainable aquaculture

TheFishSite News Desk reports on how the sustainable growth of aquaculture lies in utilizing new feed ingredients that match requirements for good and healthy growth of the fish; and how exploiting microalgae as a feed ingredient can match these requirements. “We must ensure that growth is sustainable…

Non-GMO Project Verification for bulk BioAstin

Non-GMO Project Verification for bulk BioAstin

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation has announced that its bulk raw material BioAstin® SCE products have received Non-GMO Project Verification. “We are very excited about this verification as it leads to receiving Non-GMO Project Verification for our finished goods,” said Dr. Gerald Cysewski, Interim…

Phenometrics names Jody Burgess President and CEO


Phenometrics names Jody Burgess President and CEO


Phenometrics, Inc., a Lansing, Michigan-based manufacturer of scientific instruments and software to advance algal research and production, has announced that Jody Burgess has been selected as the new President and CEO. Ms. Burgess assumed the role in July, 2016. “It is a privilege to be… [Read the full story]

Algae and the White Cliffs of Dover

Algae and the White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover span England’s southeastern coastline for 16 kilometers (10 miles) and reach as tall as 110 meters (350 feet) high. Facing the narrowest part of the English Channel, the cliffs have come to symbolize England since the time of Julius Caesar, often the first and last view travelers have of the country by sea…

Algal enzyme could improve photosynthesis efficiency

Algal enzyme could improve photosynthesis efficiency

For plants and algae that carry on photosynthesis, light can be too much of a good thing. On a bright, sunny day, a plant might only be able to utilize 20 percent or less of absorbed sunlight. The plant dissipates the excess light energy to prevent damage and oxidative stress, and a process called the xanthophyll cycle…

LG Sonic Algae Control wins Energy Globe Award

LG Sonic Algae Control wins Energy Globe Award

LG Sonic has received the Energy Globe National Award for the development and commercialization of the MPC-Buoy. This solar-powered system controls toxic algal blooms by using ultrasound technology. Representatives from the Austrian Embassy presented the award during a company visit in Zoetermeer, in the western…

Know Your Cyanobacteria

Know Your Cyanobacteria

Water Research Foundation prepared this video for those wanting to know more about the science behind cyanobacteria, and get a utility perspective on the latest in source water protection, monitoring, detection, and treatment. Experts from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, SUEZ, City of Alliance (OH)…

TerraVia opening doors in protein powder market

TerraVia opening doors in protein powder market

Algal-based food ingredient maker TerraVia has announced that its AlgaVia® Protein-Rich Whole Algae is now being incorporated into bakery snacks, beverages, and energy bars by OLLY, Enjoy Life Foods, and K’ul Chocolate products, distributed nationally. A whole food, not a processed isolate…

Spirulina — from space to Congo

Spirulina — from space to Congo

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti ate the first food containing spirulina in space. Ms. Cristoforetti is the seventh ESA astronaut and the first female ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space. Preparing for long missions far from Earth, astronauts will need to harvest their own food…

Seaweed’s role in carbon sequestration

Seaweed’s role in carbon sequestration

R&D Magazine reports that researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia have helped to reveal a major role for the abundance of seaweed growing around the world’s coasts. Some years ago, Carlos Duarte, now director of the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST…

Scientist awarded for algae to biofuel software

Scientist awarded for algae to biofuel software

Md Tamjidul Hoque, a Bangladeshi computer scientist and an assistant professor in the computer science department at the University of New Orleans (UNO), has been awarded $141,453 by the Louisiana Board of Regents Industrial Ties Research Subprogram for developing the software tools and theoretical underpinning…

Iceland’s lake ball diatoms disappearing

Iceland’s lake ball diatoms disappearing

Cheryl Katz writes in National Geographic that Iceland’s last living lake balls are disappearing. The fluffy green supersize diatoms as large as a head of cabbage are one of the planet’s most unusual plants. This distinctive form of the freshwater alga Aegagropila linnaei is exceedingly rare. Northern Iceland’s Lake Mývatn…

Network proposed for UK seaweed industry

Network proposed for UK seaweed industry

Valerie Elliott reports in the Daily Mail that a study by the U.K. Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has proposed the establishment of a network of seaweed farms to satisfy growing demand for salty algae, which is plentiful along the U.K. coast…

Crisis and Opportunity

Crisis and Opportunity

Oh Soo-young reports for Arirang News in South Korea that, while algae are damaging local ecosystems, numerous researchers in Korea are turning the crisis into opportunity. The number of patent applications for algae-based technologies has risen to roughly 50 per year – a fifty-fold increase from ten years ago…

Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis

Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis

Phys.org reports that scientists from the University of Southampton have reengineered the fundamental process of photosynthesis to power useful chemical reactions that could be used to produce biofuels, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Photosynthesis in plants and algae consists of two reactions…

$1.25 million to study cilia and flagella

$1.25 million to study cilia and flagella

They are the tiny motors present in many of the human body’s most complex systems. Cilia are hair-like structures that oscillate in waves, and are present in the brain, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system. They move liquids such as cerebrospinal fluid and mucus past the cell surface, and throughout the body…

Israeli algal research team turns up the hydrogen

Israeli algal research team turns up the hydrogen

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich writes in the Jerusalem Post that Dr. Iftach Yacoby and his research team at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, have genetically altered microalgae to increase its efficiency of producing hydrogen to five times its natural ability. “Hydrogen is an energy source with huge advantages,” says Dr. Yacoby…

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