U.S. expert promotes algal farming in India

U.S. expert promotes algal farming in India

“Marine algae have the power to simultaneously fuel vehicles, recycle carbon dioxide, and provide nutrition to animals and humans,” said Ira A. Levine, a tenured Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Southern Maine in the US and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, in an interview with Vinson Kurian…

Molecular “Velcro” boosts microalgae’s potential

Molecular “Velcro” boosts microalgae’s potential

Michigan State University scientists have engineered what they describe as “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting the microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research, they claim. The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic Biology, show how MSU researchers…

DOE funding projects for biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower

DOE funding projects for biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower

The Energy Department (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower.” These projects, required to share the cost at a minimum of 50%…

PEF algae predator control system

PEF algae predator control system

Bedford, Massachusetts-based Diversified Technologies, Inc. is developing a new PEF (pulsed electric field) system that offers a non-chemical solution to algae predator control and cellular product extraction. The company’s PEF System applies 1 to 20 µs very high voltage pulses that create a 1 to 50 kV/cm high voltage…

Spanish consortium to develop microalgae food products

Spanish consortium to develop microalgae food products

“Algae for a Healthy World,” a seven-member consortium to produce biocompounds with food applications from microalgae, was launched on December 23, 2016, in Madrid, Spain. Comprised of Spanish project members AINIA technology center, the Centre for Biological Research (CSIC-CIB), Endesa, Mar Cristal Marilum…

ABO on search for ’18 ABS venue

ABO on search for ’18 ABS venue

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is seeking a venue to host the 12th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, to take place over 3-4 days in September or October, 2018. The event attracts more than 120 speakers, nearly 600 attendees and more than 50 exhibitors from 20+ countries… [Read the full story]

Subitec Photobioreactors

Subitec Photobioreactors

Southern Germany’s Subitec makes and sells photobioreactors to cultivate microalgae. The company is a spin-off of the German research organization, the Fraunhofer Institute. Peter Ripplinger, Subitec’s business manager, demonstrates how algae is grown in their system and discusses the many applications he sees…

ZIVO and NutriQuest partner on algal animal nutrition

ZIVO and NutriQuest partner on algal animal nutrition

Keego Harbor, Michigan-based ZIVO Bioscience, Inc. develops and commercializes nutritional compounds and bioactive molecules derived from its proprietary algal strains. The company has recently announced signing a Letter of Intent with NutriQuest LLC, a leader in animal health and nutrition… [Read the full story]

ARPA-E’s MARINER project seeks macroalgae productivity

ARPA-E’s MARINER project seeks macroalgae productivity

The United States has the world’s largest marine Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of ocean along the nation’s coastlines which is equivalent to the total land area of all 50 states. The nation has the potential to utilize this resource to build and grow a thriving marine biomass industry for the production of fuels, chemicals…

FlowCam announces student equipment and travel grant

FlowCam announces student equipment and travel grant

Scarborough, ME-based laboratory instrumentation manufacturer, Fluid Imaging Technologies (FIT), has announced that it is accepting applications for the FlowCam® Student Equipment & Travel Grant for Algae Technology Research. The grant is open to graduate students and senior… [Read the full story]

TerraVia suspends supply to soylent

TerraVia suspends supply to soylent

After being blamed by meal-replacement maker, Soylent, for contamination of their snack bars leading to reports of “violent” gastrointestinal issues, TerraVia, maker of the accused whole algal flour, has made the decision to suspend supply to Soylent of all its ingredients, effective immediately… [Read the full story]

French seaweed startup rethinks bioplastics

French seaweed startup rethinks bioplastics

Nicolas Sainte-Foie writes for Labiotech.eu about French startup Algopack manufacturing bio-based plastics made from brown algae. Founded by Rémy Lucas in 2010 and managed by David Coti, Algopack hopes to make inroads into the “more virtuous” office supplies market with algal-based plastics…

Maine students study toxic algae genetics

Maine students study toxic algae genetics

An unprecedented harmful algal bloom off the coast of New England this fall provided a unique opportunity for Waterville, Maine-based Colby College students studying at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, in East Boothbay, Maine. Each fall, Bigelow scientists host a group of undergraduate students for a…

Generating resources from urban wastewater

Generating resources from urban wastewater

Urbanization, climate change and pollution, among other phenomena stemming from human activity, pose a threat to water resources. Until now, urban wastewater, of which there is the greatest amount, is in the best of cases treated and then discharged into the environment. It is also sometimes used for irrigation…

Up to $8 Million from DOE to develop algae-based biofuels

Up to $8 Million from DOE to develop algae-based biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office has officially announced a funding opportunity of up to $8 million, subject to appropriations, for innovative technologies and approaches to help advance bioenergy and bioproducts from algae…

NREL Scientist Maria Ghirardi Named AAAS Fellow

NREL Scientist Maria Ghirardi Named AAAS Fellow

Maria Ghirardi, a scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS cited Dr. Ghirardi for “distinguished contributions to our understanding of photobiological hydrogen production…

ConsumerLab.com quality certification for Solix astaxanthin

ConsumerLab.com quality certification for Solix astaxanthin

Solix Algredients, Inc. has announced that Solasta Astaxanthin has received the “Approved Quality” seal certification from ConsumerLab.com. Solasta is a natural astaxanthin extract produced from Haematococcus pluvialis (microalgae). It is non-GMO, vegetarian, extracted in the USA… [Read the full story]

$10-million search for algae bloom solution

$10-million search for algae bloom solution

The George Barley Water Prize, presented by The Everglades Foundation, will award $10 million to the researcher or researchers capable of developing a cost-effective process for recovering phosphorus while yielding clean water from natural water bodies on a globally-applicable scale…

DHA-enriched pork, milk and eggs coming to market

DHA-enriched pork, milk and eggs coming to market

Algae nutritional products from Alltech are now registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in the diets of pigs, dairy cows and laying hens. The DHA found within algae can naturally enrich pork, milk and eggs. Canadian dairy, swine and layer producers will be able to market their DHA-enriched…

Farm Based Algae

Farm Based Algae

The University of Queensland operates an Algae Energy Farm to cultivate and harvest microalgae for a range of uses, including as a feed supplement for beef cattle. Lead researcher Professor Peer Schenk said the farm shows that algae could be grown easily in Australian conditions, leveraging feed and fuel…

How cryptophyte algae harvest light energy

How cryptophyte algae harvest light energy

It’s the single-celled photosynthetic organisms at the top layer of the ocean that absorb the most sunlight. Underneath, in the sublayers, are cryptophyte algae that must compete for photons that have filtered through the upper depths. The key to their survival, a study published on December 8 in Chem reveals…

Algae Natural Food and Cargill team for microalgae project

Algae Natural Food and Cargill team for microalgae project

Two-year-old microalgae producers Algae Natural Food, based in Northeastern France, and Cargill, one of the world’s leading malt producers, have launched the first stage of their project to grow microalgae in Strasbourg, France’s port area. For this circular economy project, Algae Natural Food… [Read the full story]

SABANA looks to improve agriculture with microalgae

SABANA looks to improve agriculture with microalgae

The SABANA project, being coordinated by the University of Almeria (UAL), in Spain, is researching biofertilizers and biopesticides as an alternative to the chemicals currently used in agriculture. The focus is on microalgae, which could help improve both the sustainability and profitability of agriculture…

MERCOSUL award to Brazilian student for microalgae DC research

MERCOSUL award to Brazilian student for microalgae DC research

Ângelo Paggi Matos, a doctoral student from Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in Brasília, Brazil, has been awarded an honorable mention by MERCOSUL Science and Technology Awards — Category: Young…

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