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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

New Genome Editing Platform for Oleaginous Microalgae

New Genome Editing Platform for Oleaginous Microalgae

In a new study published in the Plant Journal, PhD student WANG Qintao, Dr. LU Yandu and their teammates from the Single Cell Center at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of Chinese Academy of Sciences established a novel genome editing platform for the industrial oleaginous…

Boosting astaxanthin production with a biorefinery approach

Boosting astaxanthin production with a biorefinery approach

Biofuel production is unlikely to be possible without the development of major low-energy and low-cost breakthrough technologies for cultivation, dewatering, and harvesting. Meanwhile, the high cost of microalgae cultivation and processing technologies can be justified by producing high-value nutraceutical compounds…

Growing seaweed on marine leases

Growing seaweed on marine leases

Sally Dakis reports for Tas Country Hour that salmon farming group Tassal is teaming up with Tasmanian seaweed specialists to trial seaweed farming on fish farm leases. Kai Ho, a company established by seafood purveyor Ashmore Foods Tasmania, and botanist Dr. Craig Sanderson, will trial the farming…