On dinoflagellate algae’s symbiosis with corals

On dinoflagellate algae’s symbiosis with corals

Dinoflagellates are among the most prolific organisms on the planet, forming the basis of the oceanic food chain, and their close symbiotic relationships with corals help maintain healthy reefs. However, because dinoflagellates have unusually large genomes, very few species have been sequenced…

Algal extract repairs human cells

Algal extract repairs human cells

Wesley Tin reports for medicalnewsbulletin.com that many human diseases, such as diabetes, chronic inflammation, and various cancers, are linked to reactive oxygen species (ROS) and their harmful effects on the human body. ROS are naturally occurring and are essential in cell signaling and homeostasis…

New Algae.Tec Plant

New Algae.Tec Plant

Algae.Tec announced the start-up this week of its nutraceutical plant in Cumming, near Atlanta, Georgia. The plant has been substantially upgraded following a $1million investment in June of 2016 by Gencor, in order to increase product flexibility, expand plant capacity and focus on multiple high quality products…

AstaReal astaxanthin approved for pet supplementation

AstaReal astaxanthin approved for pet supplementation

AstaReal USA has earned the distinction of being the National Animal Supplement Council’s (NASC) first qualified brand of natural astaxanthin for use in pet supplementation. The National Animal Supplement Council is a nonprofit trade organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing… [Read the full story]

Healthy Origins astaxanthin receives NAXA seal

Healthy Origins astaxanthin receives NAXA seal

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) has announced that Healthy Origins® astaxanthin products have qualified for the NAXA verification seal. The NAXA Verification Program (NAVP) involves testing products to verify they contain natural algae astaxanthin derived from Haematococcus pluvialis…

Salofa Oy introduces a blue-green algae test

Salofa Oy introduces a blue-green algae test

Soon ordinary customers in Finland will be able to check that the water at their beach is free of cyanobacteria toxins. Finnish company Salofa Oy will commercialize the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) test originally developed by the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland…

Diatoms indicating the future

Diatoms indicating the future

Peter Rüegg writes for Phys.org that, during their rapid growth cycle, diatoms absorb huge amounts of trace elements and nutrients from the surface water layer, especially silicon to form their shells, and zinc, which plays a vital physiological role in their development. The heavy depletion of nutrients caused by the…

UConn addresses emerging seaweed agriculture

UConn addresses emerging seaweed agriculture

Dan Wood, at the University of Connecticut, writes that assistant extension educator of marine aquaculture at UConn’s Avery Point Campus, Anoushka Concepcion, spoke about the recent developments in the vegetable aquaculture industry that has been growing and showing promise in the past few decades…

Lake restoration using microalgal technology

Lake restoration using microalgal technology

Ponds, lakes and other waster bodies are getting polluted through discharges from agricultural run-off, sewage discharge, industrial effluents etc. Due to excessive loading of chemicals and nutrients (eutrophication) sudden blooming of hazardous algae – mostly blue green algae – occurs, eliminating other species of algae…

Diatom Dynamics

Diatom Dynamics

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), lake ecologist Jasmine Saros and her team from the University of Maine gathered samples of diatoms from the lake waters of southwestern Greenland to study how climate change is affecting this Arctic ecosystem…

BlueOcean restarts algae gas infusion subsidiary

BlueOcean restarts algae gas infusion subsidiary

BlueOcean NutraSciences Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, has announced that it will restart its dormant algae gas infusion subsidiary, BlueOcean Algae Inc., targeting commercial omega-3 and astaxanthin-based algae companies. The Company’s shrimp oil, derived from Newfoundland based cold… [Read the full story]

Alltech sees big growth in algae for aquaculture

Alltech sees big growth in algae for aquaculture

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing segment in the feed industry. According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12 percent increase in feed production in 2016, to 39.9 million metric tons. “‘The Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture’ report produced…

MSU–PHYCO2 research moves to phase 4

MSU–PHYCO2 research moves to phase 4

Michigan State University and California-based PHYCO2, a company that focuses on algae growth and CO2 sequestration, are now using wastewater from breweries to produce algae as part of their ongoing partnership to generate clean energy sources. The production employs PHYCO2’s carbon dioxide-capturing technology…

Univar to distribute TerraVia in Europe

Univar to distribute TerraVia in Europe

Algae-based food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company TerraVia, and Univar, a distributor of food ingredients and provider of value-added services across Europe Middle East and Africa, have announced a distribution agreement across Europe for the AlgaVia® brand of Whole Algae Ingredients… [Read the full story]

Time to nominate the industry’s best!

Time to nominate the industry’s best!

AIM’s International Readers’ Poll is an assessment of where the algae industry is today, and what dominated for the past year — as decided by you. The I.R.P. singles out those people, companies and developments that are driving the industry’s progress, as well as those who are making the… [Read the full story]

TAPP Algae Growth Medium

TAPP Algae Growth Medium

Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York, has developed a new medium to culture and harvest microalgae. Mr. Estime’s medium, Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic or TAPP, can transition from solution to a gel through relatively…

Study: red seaweed slows cancer growth

Study: red seaweed slows cancer growth

Mae Chan writes in RiseEarth.com about a recent study in Malaysia that found Kappaphycus alvarezii red seaweed helps in slowing down the growth rate of mammary tumors – which researchers say displays the alga’s potential as a natural aid in cancer treatment. K. alvarezii is an algae species cultivated…

Argentina’s restocking algae program for artisanal fisheries

Argentina’s restocking algae program for artisanal fisheries

FIS.com reports that a new program called “Restocking, Cultivation and Management of Algae in Artisanal Fisheries” is being developed in the province of Arauco, Argentina, between the Arauco Lagging Area Program and the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca). The three-year…

Cellana and Living Ink to commercialize algal inks

Cellana and Living Ink to commercialize algal inks

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii-based Cellana, Inc., a leading developer of algae-based products for sustainable nutrition and energy applications, and Living Ink Technologies of Denver, Colorado, have signed a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of inks containing Cellana’s renewable…

Algae survive outside Space Station

Algae survive outside Space Station

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft reports in Science Daily that two algae species survived 16 months on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS) despite extreme temperature fluctuations and the vacuum of space – as well as considerable UV and cosmic radiation. That was the astonishing result of an experiment…

AlgoSource adds new production unit for phycocyanin

AlgoSource adds new production unit for phycocyanin

Saint-Nazaire, France-based AlgoSource has announced the recent launch of their new production unit that will allow the company to quadruple their spirulina extract production in 2017 to an annual capacity of 100,000 liters. The expansion, according to the company, will ensure the sales development in new segments…

IAEA develops tools to fight algal toxins

IAEA develops tools to fight algal toxins

Scientists at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are working with researchers in Cuba to detect and measure biotoxins in ocean organisms and develop monitoring and reference tools that will help identify such outbreaks worldwide. “With a better understanding of how harmful algal blooms behave…

Algae to Filter Water

Algae to Filter Water

A senior at Tucson, Arizona’s Immaculate Heart High School, Amanda Minke’s goal is to find ways to create clean lead-free water for small rural communities around the world. For the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition she developed a device which removes lead-contamination in water by utilizing algae…

Scottish scientists scaling up C-phycocyanin

Scottish scientists scaling up C-phycocyanin

Nutraceutical Business Review reports that Scottish research scientists are scaling the ability to produce large quantities of a blue pigment-protein called C-phycocyanin (C-PC) to be able mass produce a high-value natural blue dye for use in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries. Global demand for natural blue…

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