Standardizing Kelp Farming

Standardizing Kelp Farming

Diane Stopyra writes in Salon.com that a growing number of coastal states around the country are undertaking large-scale seaweed farming projects. While farms are underway in Alaska, California and Oregon, New England is leading the country in number of operations; farms have sprung up in Connecticut…

Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae

Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae

PhysOrg reports that recent efforts have been made by researchers in Japan to reduce the cost of biodiesel production by using pulsed electric fields (PEF) to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. A milli- or microsecond PEF is typically…

Lerøy / BioMar team for microalgae salmon feed

Lerøy / BioMar team for microalgae salmon feed

Andrew Hoyle writes in fishfarmingexpert.com that the Lerøy Seafood Group has linked up with BioMar to use feed partly derived from the microalgae ingredient AlgaPrime DHA. Beginning next month, Lerøy’s salmon above 1 kg will be farmed with feed formulated with a sustainable, omega-3-rich whole algae…

The effect of respiration on photosynthesis

The effect of respiration on photosynthesis

Scientists have long studied which of the three primary photosynthetic eukaryotes (red algae, green algae, and glaucophytes) came into existence first — to unravel the biological mystery of algae evolution by analyzing their genetic information. Despite learning that the structure of cyanelles, an organelle unique…

MicroBio Engineering’s Pilot Algae Raceways

MicroBio Engineering’s Pilot Algae Raceways

MicroBio Engineering Inc (MBE) has introduced their 3.4 m2 Algae Raceway®. The HDPE raceway features a center divider that is integrated seamlessly into the tank for easier cleaning. Typically, other small algae test ponds are assembled with center dividers fastened to the pond floor, which can invite unwanted bacteria…

Genome sequence of B. braunii announced

Genome sequence of B. braunii announced

The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist…

The search for disease-free seaweed

The search for disease-free seaweed

The Fish Site reports that representatives from BMG Labtech have recently delivered a NEPHELOstar to Dr. Claire Gachon, senior lecturer in molecular phycology at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). The hi-tech piece of lab equipment is being used to help breed disease-resistant algae for the…

Increasing oil production from algae

Increasing oil production from algae

PhysOrg reports that the mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has been revealed by a Japanese research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels. The findings were published on April 4 in Scientific Reports. The research was carried out by a group led by Professor Hasunuma…

Algae industry growing in Southern Queensland

Algae industry growing in Southern Queensland

ABC News Brisbane (Australia) reports that University of Queensland researchers are growing their highest density algae at a pilot farm in Brisbane. “We’ll see how this goes in large scale, but in the moment everything looks very positive and we’re looking forward to the next few months,” said U. of Queensland Professor…

A better way to treat wastewater

A better way to treat wastewater

Suzanne Michaels, writes for the Las Cruces Sun-News that big implications are resulting from what looks like a small algae research project using the City’s wastewater. “This research has global implications for wastewater management in sunbelt regions that are hot and dry,” said New Mexico State University…

SabrTech to launch portable algae-growing system

SabrTech to launch portable algae-growing system

Ola Wietecha writes for undercurrentnews.com that Nova Scotia-based SabrTech is planning soon to launch its easy-to-transport algae-growing system called RiverBox, a product the company believes will revolutionize algae production. SabrTech spent about two years developing its RiverBox system — which uses…

Algal residue — an alternative carbon resource

Algal residue — an alternative carbon resource

Many microalgae strains have received attention in biomass production due to their high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in the form of starch. Oil derived from algae has recently been adopted for use in jet fuels and biodiesel…

3-D printing with Algix’ Alga

3-D printing with Algix’ Alga

Matt Stultz writes in MakeZine.com about Algix’ unique 3-D printing filament created with a combination of algae and Polylactic Acid (PLA) – a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane. This environmentally friendly filament requires less plastic because it’s…

Algae-based aquafeed firms promote fish-free feeds

Algae-based aquafeed firms promote fish-free feeds

Cliff White writes in SeafoodSource.com that, at this year’s recent Seafood Expo North America, leaders from both the aquaculture and aquafeed industries spoke compellingly about the future of aquaculture being fish-free feeds. Historically, aquafeeds have been composed of fishmeal, primarily derived from forage fish…

ADM introduces Onavita DHA algal oil

ADM introduces Onavita DHA algal oil

Archer Daniels Midland Company has introduced Onavita DHA algal oil, a new DHA product from a high-quality, reliable U.S. algae supplier. Onavita DHA algal oil is the newest addition to ADM’s Omega-3 product line, which also includes Onavita ALA from non-GMO flaxseed oil. Omega-3s are vital for proper…

Seaweed: from superfood to superconductor

Seaweed: from superfood to superconductor

Seaweed could turn out to be an essential ingredient in yet another trend: the development of more sustainable ways to power our devices. Researchers have made a seaweed-derived material to help boost the performance of superconductors, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells. The team presented their…

NRRI scientist links algae and climate change

NRRI scientist links algae and climate change

Brandon Michaels reports for KBJR6, in Duluth, MN, that a scientist with the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth has had a paper published that suggests a warming climate’s potential impact on the Great Lakes. Andy Bramburger and his team have probed core samples through a depth of the lakebed…

Kemin acquires Algal Scientific’s beta-glucan technology

Kemin acquires Algal Scientific’s beta-glucan technology

Kemin Industries, a global nutritional ingredient company, has acquired unique beta-glucan manufacturing technology from Algal Scientific. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Algal Scientific focuses on solutions for animal and human nutrition using a unique algae production system. This technology… [Read the full story]

Can sewage and algae solve our energy crisis?

Can sewage and algae solve our energy crisis?

Len Calderone, Contributing Editor of Altenergymag.com, reports that with the growing trends of energy consumption, existing production is unsustainable. If the world maintains existing policies in energy usage and production, global energy demand will rise by 1.5 % per year on average through 2030, while fossil…