Dissecting an algal bloom

Dissecting an algal bloom

A new U.S. Geological Survey study that looked at the extensive harmful algal bloom that plagued Florida last year found far more types of cyanobacteria present than previously known. Twenty-eight species of cyanobacteria were identified in the extensive bloom, which occurred in the summer of 2016 in southern…

How the first female photographer pictured algae

How the first female photographer pictured algae

Brigit Katz writes in Smithsonian.com that Photographs of British Algae, a groundbreaking photo book by 19th-century British botanist Anna Atkins, will go on display at the Rijksmuseum on June 17th, as part of a larger exhibit titled “New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century.” The exhibit highlights the…

UC collaboration unlocks C. zofingiensis

UC collaboration unlocks C. zofingiensis

Scientists have learned in the past decade that the tiny, single-celled alga Chromochloris zofingiensis could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and that it produces astaxanthin. In new research, plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have sequenced the green…

Motorcycle on Algae Oil

Motorcycle on Algae Oil

Crop Biotech Update passes along that Peter Mooij, a scientist from Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, has developed a method to grow algae in salt water for oil production. Mooij’s friend, Ritsert Mans, then designed a motorcycle to be powered by the biofuel. The two friends said that the fact that algae oil could…

Queensland funds algae research to fight obesity

Queensland funds algae research to fight obesity

Algae in the form of a new pill could be the game-changer in the fight against obesity, if a joint research project being funded by the Palaszczuk Government in Queensland is successful. Science Minister Leeanne Enoch said University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Jessica Pahl has been awarded an Advance…

Qualitas Health triples algae production

Qualitas Health triples algae production

Qualitas Health, an algae-based health and nutrition company headquartered in Texas, has announced a long term, strategic partnership with commercial crop producer Green Stream Farms to triple its algae production. With this partnership, according to the Company, Qualitas achieves enough critical mass…

Bloom, VivoBarefoot develop molded shoe made from algae

Bloom, VivoBarefoot develop molded shoe made from algae

Leading London-based barefoot shoe company VivoBarefoot has announced its partnership with Meridian, Mississippi-based Bloom, which uses algae biomass harvested from freshwater sources around the world to make EVA foams out of a non-fossil fuel for the first time. VivoBarefoot shoes will be the first full…

Algaia and AIDP partner for North American market

Algaia and AIDP partner for North American market

France-based Algaia, S.A., and AIDP, Inc. have announced their entry into a distribution partnership to market Algaia’s alginates and other specialty marine-based solutions to customers in Canada, USA and Mexico. The distribution arrangement was finalized at Vitafoods, in Geneva… [Read the full story]

MBD Energy’s astaxanthin plant nears completion

MBD Energy’s astaxanthin plant nears completion

Tony Raggatt writes in Australia’s townsvillebulletin.com that a “prized” red algae is set to be the next big but unlikely cash crop of the Burdekin shire. Melbourne-based waste recycling company MBD Energy is nearing completion of what will be Australia’s first astaxanthin plant near Alva Beach, growing algae as part…

Japan’s Euglena looks to China, Southeast Asia for growth

Japan’s Euglena looks to China, Southeast Asia for growth

Akiyo Yasuda writes in asia.nikkei.com that Tokyo-based Euglena, a biotech venture formed by the University of Tokyo, is expanding overseas operations. The producer of algae-based products started selling supplements in Singapore and cosmetics in Macau last month. At an earnings briefing in Tokyo recently, Euglena’s…

The Tiny Organism

The Tiny Organism

And now, here’s a very well-produced ExxonMobile commercial about the potential of algae biofuels…

A better sustainable sanitary pad

A better sustainable sanitary pad

Nearly 20 billion sanitary pads, tampons and applicators are dumped into North American landfills every year, and it takes centuries for them to biodegrade inside plastic bags, according to a 2016 Harvard Business School report. Additionally, it requires high amounts of fossil fuel energy to produce the plastic for these…

Analyzing a strange symbiosis

Analyzing a strange symbiosis

George Dvorsky writes in Gizmodo.com that, in a scientific first, researchers have discovered a bizarre inter-species relationship in which salamanders and algae cozy up together to share cells. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why these two very different organisms have adopted such an intimate arrangement…

NREL and high school team for algal space project

NREL and high school team for algal space project

Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield High School to the International Space Station disintegrated 139 seconds into its flight. That could have put an end to the collaboration between the students and researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy…

Algae.Tec announces expanded product range

Algae.Tec announces expanded product range

Algae.Tec Limited has announced its planned expansion into a range of high-value product lines. Their controlled growth proprietary technology combined with their algae species research and development has enabled the Company to develop a series of high quality liquid and… [Read the full story]

On the intrigue surrounding astaxanthin

On the intrigue surrounding astaxanthin

Jasenka Piljac Zegarac writes in nutritionaloutlook.com that the health-promoting properties of astaxanthin, the red, fat-soluble pigment found in freshwater microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis, continue to intrigue health-savvy consumers worldwide. According to a 2015 report from Research and Markets, the global market…

Algae to reduce the use of antibiotics

Algae to reduce the use of antibiotics

The 3rd edition of the “Olmix International Seminar on Animal Health and Nutrition: Algae to Reduce the use of Antibiotics” took place recently in Guangzhou, China. This year’s focus was on the risk of the overuse of antibiotics in animal production and how marine algae technology and its unique active molecules…

UCSD’s GE Algae Test

UCSD’s GE Algae Test

Scientists at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetically engineered algae. In a series of experiments funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the researchers tested…

An algal predictor to ecosystem collapse

An algal predictor to ecosystem collapse

Gabriel Popkin writes in Science that a new study promises a way to predict — and possibly head off — catastrophic ecosystem failures and the collapse of species that support those ecosystems, with just one measurement. For years, scientists studying lakes and other ecosystems have predicted collapses before they happen…

ZIVO Bioscience, NutriQuest begin poultry trials

ZIVO Bioscience, NutriQuest begin poultry trials

Keego Harbor, Michigan-based ZIVO Bioscience, Inc., a company dedicated to the development and commercialization of nutritional compounds and bioactive molecules derived from its proprietary algal strains, has announced that the Company has executed a definitive agreement with NutriQuest…

Algae-fed coho salmon hits shelves

Algae-fed coho salmon hits shelves

Daniella Balin writes in fishfarmingexpert.com that a new brand of premium coho salmon fed with Alga-Prime DHA – an algae-based ingredient which reduces the need to include fish oil in feed to maintain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids – has been launched by Chilean producer Ventisqueros. A statement from the company…

ATEC passes first semester

ATEC passes first semester

The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC), a collaboration among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Algae Foundation, universities, community colleges, and industry production companies across the United States, has successfully implemented the first semester of the ATEC curriculum at…

EID Parry gets US FDA OK for microalgae facility

EID Parry gets US FDA OK for microalgae facility

India-based Murugappa Group’s nutrition firm EID Parry has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for its facility in Tamil Nadu for organic microalgae cultivation and processing. The microalgae facility is part of the Parry Nutraceuticals division and is located in Oonaiyur… [Read the full story]

And now it’s time

And now it’s time

You have voted. And now it’s time to reveal the results of the 2017 A.I.M. International Readers’ Poll of who and what people, issues, and developments are leading the evolution of the algae industry. If you’ve been one of those people tracking all things algae for a while, you’ve seen how… [Read the full story]

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