Fighting childhood malnutrition in Zambia with spirulina

Fighting childhood malnutrition in Zambia with spirulina

Memory Maninga reports for Zambia Daily Mail that in Mansa, the capital of the Luapula Province of Zambia, spirulina is being grown in ponds in the communities because of its high medicinal and nutritional value. Zambia has in the recent past been importing spirulina from the United States. However, imported…

Algatech expands astaxanthin line into Brazil

Algatech expands astaxanthin line into Brazil

Kibbutz Ketura, Israel-based Algatechnologies Ltd. (Algatech) has received Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) approval for its all-natural AstaPure® astaxanthin to be used as a food ingredient. This approval makes Algatech the first supplier to start marketing its clean-label astaxanthin… [Read the full story]

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

Bob McCauley, a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant who sells chlorella and spirulina on his web blog, addresses a common question among his clientele: spirulina or chlorella — which is the way to go? “The most powerful foods on earth are Spirulina Plantensis and Chlorella Pyrenoidosa…

Valensa gets US patent for eye health formula

Valensa gets US patent for eye health formula

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Florida-based Valensa International covering its commercial its EyePro MD formula. The formula includes lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin mixed with omega-3 essential oils from krill, algae or perilla seed, said the company in a press release. Patent No. 9,610,313…

Advancing biofilm cultivation for algae

Advancing biofilm cultivation for algae

Washington State University researchers have developed a biofilm reactor to grow algae more efficiently, and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Their work was reported in the journal Algal Research. Led by graduate student Sandra Rincon and her advisor, Haluk Beyenal, professor in the…

Sequencing the genome of Porphyra umbilicalis

Sequencing the genome of Porphyra umbilicalis

Michael Abramowitz writes in The Daily Reflector about East Carolina University biologist John Stiller, an associate professor of plant genomics who specializes in the study of molecular evolution and algal genomics. Dr. Stiller serves as a primary researcher on a 50-member team led by the University of Maine…

Multifunctional light-diffusing fibers for algae bioreactors

Multifunctional light-diffusing fibers for algae bioreactors

Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security LAB (J-WAFS) Solutions has the mission of moving water and food technologies from labs at MIT into the commercial world, where they will improve the productivity, accessibility, and sustainability of the world’s water and food systems. J-WAFS awards seed grants of $100,000…

Improving algal extraction for chemical components

Improving algal extraction for chemical components

Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that they claim can more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. “There’s been a huge movement toward greener, renewable products…

Surftech and BLOOM collaborate on stand-up paddleboards

Surftech and BLOOM collaborate on stand-up paddleboards

Carlsbad-based Surftech, a stand-up paddle (SUP) and Surfboard manufacturing company has announced its collaboration with BLOOM, a materials development company, to develop deck pad traction on select 2018 models of paddleboards. “Surftech is very conscious about making products with…

Nature’s Own Sunscreen

Nature’s Own Sunscreen

Growing algae to harvest nature’s own sunscreen could replace synthetic varieties, sometimes blamed for adverse effects on human skin. “These tiny, microscopic algae that are living in the sea protect themselves against the harsh sun rays and they do this by producing a suite of compounds that have very…

A super-algae to save our seas

A super-algae to save our seas

Phys.org reports that coral reefs are our most diverse marine habitat and provide over US$30 billion to the world economy every year, directly supporting over 500 million people. However, they are vulnerable with climate change impact models predicting that most of our coral reefs will be eradicated within this century if we…

A better understanding of green algae’s evolution

A better understanding of green algae’s evolution

A new jigsaw piece in the evolution of green algae has been identified by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, together with colleagues from Max Planck Institute in Mülheim an der Ruhr, in Germany. They analyzed the hydrogen-producing enzyme of a phylogenetically old alga. The team, headed by…

NAA Production Workshop call for presentations

NAA Production Workshop call for presentations

The National Algae Association (NAA) has put out a call for presentations for its next Algae Production Workshop scheduled for September of 2017 in The Woodlands, Texas. The intention is to bring together commercially-minded algae researchers, algae producers and equipment companies into… [Read the full story]

Cyanotech Names Mawae Morton President

Cyanotech Names Mawae Morton President

In Hawaii, Cyanotech Corporation’s Board of Directors has named Mawae Morton as President, effective immediately. Mr. Morton will report directly to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Gerald Cysewski. Cyanotech’s Chairman, Michael Davis said, “We are pleased that Mawae has chosen… [Read the full story]

Cyanotech earns Halal certification for astaxanthin

Cyanotech earns Halal certification for astaxanthin

Kailua-Kone, Hawaii-based Cyanotech® Corporation, has announced that its bulk raw material, BioAstin® SCE 5 and vegan BioAstin soft gels, have received halal certification from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). BioAstin® Hawaiian Astaxanthin® is marketed as a natural…

Algae-producing architecture at Astana Expo 2017

Algae-producing architecture at Astana Expo 2017

Will Yeates reports in DailyPlanet.com that an urban “algae farm” producing low-carbon protein and bio-fuel is one of the highlights on show this week at the future energy-themed Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan. London-based EcoLogicStudio’s BIO.tech HUT is a three-part pavilion at the biennial world fair event, exploring…

Ultrasonic Algae Control

Ultrasonic Algae Control

Designed to be an environmentally friendly long-term solution for addressing algal blooms, while maintaining a healthy ecosystem, LG Sonic’s MPC-Buoy reduces algae up to 90% in lakes and reservoirs. The MPC-Buoy combines online water quality monitoring and ultrasound technology to provide an algae…

Spanish-Portuguese experts to collaborate for algae projects

Spanish-Portuguese experts to collaborate for algae projects

A new microalgae production and exploitation project by Spanish and Portuguese experts will be implemented by a consortium comprised of nine institutions, including universities, research centers, public and private enterprises in the regions of Algarve and Alentejo in Portugal, and Andalusia, in Spain. The initiative…

Could algae be dairy’s next food source?

Could algae be dairy’s next food source?

Jennifer Coyne, writes in the University of Minnesota’s Dairy Star that assistant professor of renewable energy Robert Gardner and his research team think that algae could be the next ingredient used in dairy rations alongside corn and soybeans. Dr. Gardner presented his preliminary research findings during the…

LANL and Sapphire team for algal research

LANL and Sapphire team for algal research

The recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts, includes a project involving Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Shawn Starkenburg working with Alina Corcoran…

DOE — up to $8 Million for “breakthroughs” in algae-based biofuels

DOE — up to $8 Million for “breakthroughs” in algae-based biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. These projects aim to deliver high-impact tools and…

Mutaz Ghandour joins IIMSAM African spirulina initiative

Mutaz Ghandour joins IIMSAM African spirulina initiative

In Africa, TradeArabia News Service reports that the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Microalgae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) has appointed Mutaz Ghandour, chairman and CEO of Metito Holdings, a Goodwill Ambassador. “The objective of this institution is to eradicate malnutrition in Africa…

Sequenced green algae show large genomic variation

Sequenced green algae show large genomic variation

A decade after the complete representative genomes of three Ostreococcus picoplankton groups were sequenced, researchers have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of 13 members of a natural Ostreococcus population. The analysis revealed that the O. tauri population is larger than anticipated, with high…

One for the Kids

One for the Kids

Natural product, nutrition and biotechnology industry consultant Dr. Mark JS Miller, dives into the science behind nutritional supplements. In this installment, Dr. Miller breaks down astaxanthin, the powerful and increasingly popular antioxidant made from microalgae…

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