Predicting Toxic Algae

Predicting Toxic Algae

Detroit Public TV shares a video in which Dr. Timothy Davis, with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, explains how he’s working to predict if and when an algal bloom will become toxic…

James Cook University and MBD biorefine Ulva

James Cook University and MBD biorefine Ulva

A team of researchers at James Cook University has just published a cascading “biorefinery” approach for the extraction of soluble sulphated polysaccharides — known as ulvans — from the green sea lettuce, Ulva. The technique is simple and robust with a view to commercial production for nutraceutical applications…

A closed cycle algae processing mechanism

A closed cycle algae processing mechanism

Audrey Tan writes in Singapore’s Straightstimes.com that, when it comes to putting healthy fish on the dinner table, experts believe vaccination is the way to go. But it is a laborious process. Workers at fish farms have to manually inject young fish with the vaccine one by one in order to protect them against specific diseases…

Algenuity takes quality control testing to the next level

Algenuity takes quality control testing to the next level

The Algem®, Algenuity’s lab-scale algal photobioreactor, has been recognized by many algae researchers worldwide as the finest commercially-available system of its kind. However, one thing that most people don’t know about it is the level of quality control testing that is required for each unit…

Algae and Sex Part 1: Self-Destruction

Algae and Sex Part 1: Self-Destruction

Sex self-destruction represents a fascinating new scientific mystery that includes climate chaos, ghost forests, temperature spikes, fierce storms, colossal nutrient collapse in field crops, prized stallions, knockout mice, virile mink and an end to sex as we know it. This avoidable self-destruction threatens humanity pain…

Know Your Diatoms

Know Your Diatoms

Diatoms are a major group of algae and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. Diatoms are unicellular organism, although they can form colonies. They have cell walls made of glass. Diatoms belong to the kingdom Protista. There are at least 100,000 species of diatoms that have been discovered…

DOE: $22M to advance macroalgae for fuel via MARINER

DOE: $22M to advance macroalgae for fuel via MARINER

The Department of Energy has just announced $22 million in funding through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for 18 innovative projects as part of the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program. MARINER projects are intended to develop the…

MSU explores biomass cascade conversion

MSU explores biomass cascade conversion

Michigan State U. (MSU) scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project, funded by an approximately $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, unites faculty from the MSU departments of Biosystems…

Morgan Hill BioEnergy PBR for high productivity

Morgan Hill BioEnergy PBR for high productivity

Morgan Hill BioEnergy, Inc. has introduced their proprietary algae photobioreactors, the 100L and 200L, developed for commercial cultivation of highly pure algae biomass ideally for the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. The company, founded in 2013 in San Jose, California, also focuses on bioenergy and the health…

Corbion approved as highest bidder for TerraVia

Corbion approved as highest bidder for TerraVia

Following an auction process, TerraVia Holdings and its affiliated debtors have determined that Corbion had submitted the best bid for substantially all of the assets of TerraVia, a food and specialty ingredients company centered on ingredients derived from microalgae. On September 15, 2017… [Read the full story]

UT Algae Research

UT Algae Research

Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that algae into useful products. The University of Toledo was recently awarded nearly $2.4 million by the United States Department of Energy to develop a way…

Aliga developing high volumes of microalgae for aquafeed

Aliga developing high volumes of microalgae for aquafeed

Neil Ramsden reports in UndercurrentNews.com that young Danish firm Aliga is seeking cooperation with major fish feed players to use its microalgae-derived products in aquafeed formulations. Speaking at the recent AquaNor show in Trondheim, Norway, Aliga sales director David Erlandsson said talks…

New process for microalgal separation by shape

New process for microalgal separation by shape

Researchers from UCLA and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a new capability to sort microalgae cells by their shape, creating a baseline of uniform cells for a large range of research, industrial and clinical applications. While traditional microalgal separation methods are based on porous filters or sedimentation…

DOE: up to $8.8M for algae tech innovations

DOE: up to $8.8M for algae tech innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. “These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms…

The Algae Dome

The Algae Dome

IKEA’s external future-living lab SPACE10 presented at this year’s CHART art fair 2017 in Copenhagen a four-meter-high pavilion, that not only provides a unique spatial experience for visitors, but also employs a running photo-bioreactor to grow algae. The aim is to give people a taste of what could be a superfood of the future…

New algae strain for desert farming

New algae strain for desert farming

Biologists from Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates have engineered a new form of microalgae that can grow rapidly in desert conditions, a discovery they claim could be used to sustainably produce biofuels, animal feed and other bio-based products in otherwise barren environments. The researchers set out…

Microalgal vaccine for farmed fish

Microalgal vaccine for farmed fish

Audrey Tan writes in Singapore’s Straightstimes.com that, when it comes to putting healthy fish on the dinner table, experts believe vaccination is the way to go. But it is a laborious process. Workers at fish farms have to manually inject young fish with the vaccine one by one in order to protect them against specific diseases…

Photoenzyme allows algae to produce hydrocarbons

Photoenzyme allows algae to produce hydrocarbons

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) reports that an international team has discovered an enzyme which allows microalgae to convert some of their fatty acids into hydrocarbons using light. This discovery is relevant in the quest of sustainable energy production. Researchers at the CEA (French Atomic…

Feeding the Planet

Feeding the Planet

Genetically engineered microalgae could become an important food of the future, and scientists at UC San Diego have taken a step closer to that reality with an outdoor field trial approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The scientists inserted two genes into the algae — one a fluorescent…

Measuring evolutionary adaptation to climate change

Measuring evolutionary adaptation to climate change

One challenge facing scientists is to measure evolutionary adaptation — how our environment and the complex web of creatures within it, will respond to changes in their environment due to climate change or other human influences. Traditionally, scientists have tested single or pairs of ecological “drivers” of change…