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…

Euglena Jet Fuel

Euglena Jet Fuel

Innovation Japan takes a look at the work being done with the microalga euglena to yield diesel and jet fuel in the near future, in their series on solutions to various challenges that the world faces….

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…

AstaGlo receives NAXA Verification

AstaGlo receives NAXA Verification

AstaGlo, marketed by Elite Life Sciences, has qualified for the Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) Verification Program Seal. The NAXA Verification Program (NAVP) tests products to verify that they contain natural algae astaxanthin derived from Haematococcus pluvialis algae, the only type of astaxanthin…

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…

A Natural Sunscreen

A Natural Sunscreen

The UV-blocking properties of microalgae could offer an abundant natural sunscreen alternative that is just as effective say British researchers. According to Carole Llewellyn, Associate Professor of Applied Aquatic Bioscience at Swansea University, “These tiny, microscopic algae that are living in the sea…

BETO Hosting Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture Workshop

BETO Hosting Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture Workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting an Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop on May 23-24, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The event will feature facilitated discussions focused on gathering stakeholder input on innovative… [Read the full story]

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…

7th European Algae Industry Summit

7th European Algae Industry Summit

The 7th Annual European Algae Industry Summit (formerly known as “European Algae Biomass Conference”) will take place on April 26th & 27th in Nice, France. Leaders from industry and academia will discuss the latest commercial and technical developments, challenges and research breakthroughs… [Read the full story]

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…

Plankton 101

Plankton 101

Shawn McCall takes us on a field trip to collect some plankton, and better understand this important component of the marine ecosystem as well as provider of the oxygen we breathe. This video is a great starting point for the whole family to learn about the role plankton play in our oceans and lives…

TerraVia’s algae butter receives FDA GRAS

TerraVia’s algae butter receives FDA GRAS

TerraVia Holdings, Inc., a plant-based food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company headquartered in South San Francisco, has announced that it has received a generally recognized as safe (GRAS) no questions letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Algae Butter… [Read the full story]

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…

AstaReal astaxanthin attains halal certification

AstaReal astaxanthin attains halal certification

The AstaReal Group has announced that it is now offering Japan-made natural astaxanthin ingredients produced by Fuji Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. that are certified by the Japan Muslim Association. This halal certification enables manufacturers to formulate products with the benefits of natural astaxanthin…

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…

Algae Oil Tasting

Algae Oil Tasting

The Doctors, an Emmy award-winning daytime talk show hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton, urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman and family medicine physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross, weigh in on the latest cooking oil trend, algae oil…

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…

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