Lomonosov scientists adjust an algal technology for waste

Lomonosov scientists adjust an algal technology for waste

Members of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have proven that, under Nordic conditions, wastewaters could be treated with the help of microalgae, while the algal biomass is suitable for processing into biofuel. The Lomonosov scientists presented the optimized technique…

Imperial researcher develops recyclable surfboard

Imperial researcher develops recyclable surfboard

A 3D-printed surfboard that is comparably cheaper to make, more durable and more sustainable than most conventional surfboards has been developed at the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. With seed funding from NASA, Imperial researcher Dr. Nathaniel Petre and his colleagues in the USA…

Did HABs fell the mighty dinosaurs?

Did HABs fell the mighty dinosaurs?

Carolyn Gramling writes in ScienceMag that seventy million years ago animals of all sizes came to drink in a rapidly drying river in northwestern Madagascar, and never left. Tiny birds and mighty dinosaurs were entombed together in the riverbed, forming what is now a spectacular series of mass graves. Last week…

Iowa town considering algae wastewater system

Iowa town considering algae wastewater system

Julia Mericle reports in The Hawk Eye that Columbus Junction, Iowa, could become a pioneering city in the struggle to treat wastewater if the city council approves new technology that favors algae over bacteria. Wastewater treatment plants receive permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that regulate what…

Identifying a cheaper, greener biofuel processing catalyst

Identifying a cheaper, greener biofuel processing catalyst

Many biofuels are costly to produce because the precursor product, bio-oil, must be processed before it is sent to the refinery to be turned into liquid fuel. In search of bringing that cost down, University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute researcher B.K. Sharma and his co-authors have identified and tested a new processing…

Phenometrics expands into China and India with new partnerships

Phenometrics expands into China and India with new partnerships

Phenometrics Inc., a leading manufacturer of desktop photo bioreactors for the algae industry, has expanded its distribution into India and China with two new partnerships. The company has joined with Biolinx… [Read the full story]

Treating arthritis with algae

Treating arthritis with algae

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Empa and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF are pursuing a new approach to treating arthritis. This is based on a polysaccharide, a long-chain sugar molecule, originating from brown algae. When chemically modified, this “alginate” reduces oxidative stress, has an anti-inflammatory effect…

Farming cyanobacteria — a new source of biofuel?

Farming cyanobacteria — a new source of biofuel?

A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. HelioBioSys is working with cyanobacteria which…

Raven to acquire Colorado Lining

Raven to acquire Colorado Lining

Raven Industries, Inc. has announced that it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Colorado Lining International, Inc., headquartered in Parker, Colo. The cash transaction is expected to close in September with Raven paying approximately $14 million and… [Read the full story]

UAE algae could produce alternative to palm oil

UAE algae could produce alternative to palm oil

Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with other groups have discovered that the unique genomic traits that allow local green algae to survive in a desert climate may have far-reaching potential for biotechnical applications. “The alga belongs to the Chloroidium genus…

Mimi C. Hall returns to Phenometrics

Mimi C. Hall returns to Phenometrics

Mimi Cook Hall, co-founder of Phenometrics Inc. rejoined the company in July as Sales and Marketing Director. In 2010 — when the company was founded to provide desktop photo bioreactors to the algae scientific community — she was the entrepreneur business partner and co-founder… [Read the full story]

Serbian scientists develop biofuel from algae

Serbian scientists develop biofuel from algae

Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program and is carried out by Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in cooperation with Manchester University…

A brief history of algal dining in China

A brief history of algal dining in China

Li Anlan writes in ShanghaiDaily.com that, with its salty, fishy taste, seaweed brings the flavor of the ocean to the dinner table. Kelp and nori are popular algae in China to prepare dishes such as kelp salad and nori egg drop soup. The closer one gets to coastal regions, the greater the variety of ways that sea algae finds its ways…

Climate change projected to significantly increase HABs

Climate change projected to significantly increase HABs

Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change, according to a team of researchers led by a Tufts University scientist. The team developed a modeling framework that predicts that the largest increase…

Mercury is altering gene expression

Mercury is altering gene expression

The mercury found at very low concentrations in water is concentrated along the entire food chain, from algae via zooplankton to small fish and on to the largest fish – the ones we eat. Mercury causes severe and irreversible neurological disorders in people who have consumed highly contaminated fish…

Algae.Tec and Winter Garden launch pot crop

Algae.Tec and Winter Garden launch pot crop

Algae.Tec Ltd has announced the first project to be funded under its Collaboration and Licensing Agreement with Winter Garden Biosciences (“Winter Garden”): the development of an initial crop of active heirloom cannabis, without genetically altered structures and with naturally high levels of cannabinoids… [Read the full story]

SUBPESCA funds studies for algae projects in artisanal fisheries

SUBPESCA funds studies for algae projects in artisanal fisheries

In Chile, Fis.com reports that the Fisheries Management Fund (FAP) has CLP 120 million ($184,000USD) to support those interested in having access to the algae farming and restocking bonus. Until September 20, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) announced, artisanal fishermen from all…

Australia21 poses algal solutions to future food scarcity

Australia21 poses algal solutions to future food scarcity

By 2050 we will need to feed 10 billion people.  That will require a 70 per cent increase in food production and a doubling of our energy supply, while decreasing our carbon footprint. Existing agricultural and industrial production systems are incapable of meeting these demands. Something radically different…

Cyanotech net sales up 20% for Q-1 FY2018

Cyanotech net sales up 20% for Q-1 FY2018

Cyanotech Corporation has announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, ended June 30, 2017. Compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2017, net sales were $8,809,000 compared to $7,322,000, an increase of 20.3%. Gross profit was $3,603,000, with gross profit margin of 40.9%, compared to gross profit…

Sandia testing Salton Sea-grown algae

Sandia testing Salton Sea-grown algae

Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff…

Algae farming helping artisanal fishers in Ecuador

Algae farming helping artisanal fishers in Ecuador

Fis.com reports that in Ecuador fishermen’s organizations are benefitting from the Mariculture and Aquaculture Project for Aquaculture Development. This macroalgae farming project, implemented by the National Government through the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAP), aims to manage new production…

Edible algae’s link to fertility in men

Edible algae’s link to fertility in men

Agricultural and environmental economist, Dr. Jules Siedenburg, writes in MedicalXpress.com about his research of algae and its potential to help poor communities in the global South meet their food needs. While he primarily focuses on algae as a food, he wanted to report what researchers have learned about…

Report suggests astaxanthin market @ $2.57 billion by 2025

Report suggests astaxanthin market @ $2.57 billion by 2025

Adoption of advanced technologies in various stages of natural astaxanthin production, such as microalgae harvesting, cultivation, extraction, and drying, have been major factors driving astaxanthin’s market growth, expected to reach USD $2.57 billion by 2025. The new report, by Grand View Research…

Blendtek partners for algal-based health products

Blendtek partners for algal-based health products

Blendtek Ingredients Inc., a Canadian innovative food ingredients and solutions company, has partnered with Fitoplancton Marino, a leader in the development of marine microalgae cultures based in Spain, to supply an emerging natural health ingredient with a wide range of beneficial applications for food, health and nutrition…

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