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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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]

Genetic early warning for algal blooms

Genetic early warning for algal blooms

In one of the most comprehensive studies to date, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have sequenced the genes of a harmful algal bloom, unveiling never-before-seen interactions between algae and bacteria that are thought to propagate their growth. The work also opens up the possibility…