Lone Star students research algae for immune health

Lone Star students research algae for immune health

At Lone Star College-Montgomery, in Conroe, Texas, five professors and one student have been awarded grants from LSC-Montgomery’s newly formed Undergraduate Research Institute (URI). The primary goal of the URI is to empower students to take an active role in developing and defining their…

Resetting the circadian clock in algae

Resetting the circadian clock in algae

The human body clock runs on a 24-hour cycle, or circadian (from the Latin meaning “about a day”) rhythm. When our internal cycle gets out of sync with our surroundings, such as when crossing time zones, jetlag can result. The circadian rhythm therefore needs to be reset, which is achieved primarily…

Andalusia promotes marine microalgae biorefinery development

Andalusia promotes marine microalgae biorefinery development

Fis.com reports that, in Spain, the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) and the University of Almeria have signed an agreement to develop a marine microalgae biorefinery, with the objective of producing sustainable products with high added value as fertilizers and feed additives…

Microalgae as a fish feed ingredient

Microalgae as a fish feed ingredient

PhysOrg reports that commercially produced microalgae could become a sustainable fish feed ingredient, a project from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has shown. In the project, concepts have been developed to grow, harvest, dry and store two types of algae that are rich…

How green algae assemble their enzymes

How green algae assemble their enzymes

PhysOrg reports that researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, in Germany, have analyzed how green algae manufacture complex components of a hydrogen-producing enzyme. The enzyme, known as the hydrogenase, may be relevant for the biotechnological production of hydrogen. To date, little is known about…

A.I.M. International Readers Poll — Voting Now Open!

A.I.M. International Readers Poll — Voting Now Open!

Once again it’s time to vote for the pioneers, innovators and thought leaders of the algae community. The shifting sands of the algae industry have provided unexpected and intense challenges in recent years. Environmental policies and political philosophies have confused and complicated things… [Read the full story]

Astaxanthin Production

Astaxanthin Production

Take a tour of Iceland’s Algalif astaxanthin production facility with rigorous quality and sustainability standards, and hear from their staff about the benefits of this powerful antioxident with applications for skin health, anti-aging, muscle endurance/recovery, cardiovascular health and more….

Euglena cultivating algae for food, face cream and jet fuel

Euglena cultivating algae for food, face cream and jet fuel

Sarah Karacs reports for @CNNTech that Japanese firm Euglena has been cultivating a type of algae for use in food and cosmetics. But it sees a range of other potential uses for it. The company is aiming to produce 33,000 gallons of jet fuel a year from Japan’s first algae biofuel refinery, partnering with top…

Opportunities and risks of seaweed biofuels in aviation

Opportunities and risks of seaweed biofuels in aviation

When it comes to cutting emissions from transport, shipping and aviation are often considered the elephant in the room: having been excluded from the Paris agreement and being inadequately addressed under existing UN conventions and EU legislation. Yet these are the two sectors with the most rapidly increasing…

Needed: a protein revolution from novel sources

Needed: a protein revolution from novel sources

Dejan Miladinovic writes in allaboutfeed.net that in recent years, the price hike for feed raw materials, in global and national markets, has resulted in an increased number of malnourished and hungry people. Even though the awareness of the general public and policy-makers has been increased, the fragility of…

Seaweed driving product development at Algaia

Seaweed driving product development at Algaia

Gaynor Selby writes in FoodIngredientsFirst that seaweed, with its many varieties, is poised to become the next super green superfood, and is finding new product applications in Western markets due to its wide ranging health benefits. Algaia, with headquarters in Paris, France, recently bolstered its growth in specialty marine…

Growing microalgae in agricultural liquid waste

Growing microalgae in agricultural liquid waste

Fis.com reports that, after three years of research, Embrapa Agroenergía, in Brasilia, Brazil, has identified microalgae species that can be grown in liquid waste from agroindustry processing, and that generate renewable raw material for biofuels, food and cosmetics, among other products…

Clean and efficient processing of harvested seaweed

Clean and efficient processing of harvested seaweed

A Quebec-based company that specializes in the manufacturing and commercialization of marine and seaweed-based products for agriculture and horticulture constructed a new processing plant located in the maritime region of the lower St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. This location provides easy…

Canned Solar Energy

Canned Solar Energy

Silvia Fluch, biologist and Chief Operating Officer at ecoduna produktions GmbH’s large-scale algae cultivation facility in Austria, provides a TEDx talk calling attention to the cooperative role that algae has performed throughout history with the sun as the primary vehicle to store and transfer solar energy for many valuable and…

Algae in bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Algae in bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Diane Hellekson writes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that it’s been three years since Alison Hiltner first got serious about algae. But last week she said the relationship felt like it’s been going on forever. “I wake up in the morning and calculate how many gallons of algae I need to move,” she recounted…

U of Nantes Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering Master’s degree

U of Nantes Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering Master’s degree

University of Nantes, in the north-western French region of Pays de la Loire, has announced that they will begin offering a Master’s degree program in Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering, beginning next September. The degree will cover theoretical and practical aspects necessary to develop industrial processes…

Algae capture in Chile more profitable than artisanal fishing

Algae capture in Chile more profitable than artisanal fishing

As reported by Fish Information Services, algae capture is now more profitable in Chile than artisanal fishing. Many fishermen are exchanging their nets for wetsuits and returning with their boats loaded with algae. Some brown algae (black huiro, huiro palo and sargazo) are precious in Japan, China and France…

1.6 Billion-year-old red algae fossils discovered

1.6 Billion-year-old red algae fossils discovered

Scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History have found fossils of 1.6 billion-year-old probable red algae. The spectacular finds, publishing on March 14, 2017, in the open access journal PLOS Biology, indicate that advanced multicellular life evolved much earlier than previously thought…

Enzymes and algae alternatives to synthetic chemicals

Enzymes and algae alternatives to synthetic chemicals

Elaine Ramirez writes for asia.nikkei.com that, ever since four pregnant women died of mysterious lung problems in 2011, South Korea has been haunted by scandals over toxic chemicals in common household goods. The multiple deaths, together with serious lung damage suffered by hundreds of other victims…

AlgaPrime increases aquaculture distribution <br>— Wolfson steps down

AlgaPrime increases aquaculture distribution
— Wolfson steps down

TerraVia, Bunge Limited and BioMar Group have announced the expansion of their distribution agreement for AlgaPrime™ DHA — a native, whole algae specialty feed ingredient high in omega-3 DHA ­— making the product… [Read the full story]

AlgaeBioGas Project

AlgaeBioGas Project

KOTO and AlgEn Algal Technology Center, in Slovenia, started the AlgaeBioGas project in 2013. The project is focused to market the introduction of algal-bacterial treatment of biogas digestate and feedstock production, an innovative technology which has significant economic and environmental…

Snopes takes on Pruitt’s CO2 denial

Snopes takes on Pruitt’s CO2 denial

Alex Kasprak, of conspiracy and misinformation debunking site Snopes, does a fact check on newly appointed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s claim that carbon dioxide is not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” and that scientists are still debating the issue. During a March 9, 2017… [Read the full story]

Sandia purposefully crashing algae ponds

Sandia purposefully crashing algae ponds

For algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases, and learning to detect when an algae pond is about to crash. An estimated 30 percent of current production…

DSM and Evonik JV for omega-3 from marine algae

DSM and Evonik JV for omega-3 from marine algae

Essen, Germany-based Evonik, and Royal DSM, headquartered in Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, have announced their intention to establish a joint venture for omega-3 fatty acid products from natural marine algae for animal nutrition. This innovation will, according to the partners, enable the production… [Read the full story]

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