Allmicroalgae adds fermentation system

Allmicroalgae adds fermentation system

Portuguese microalgae producer, Allmicroalgae Natural Products S.A., has recently begun production of Chlorella vulgaris and other microalgae species via fermentation, which complements the company’s existing photobioreactor capacity. At their state-of-the-art Algafarm production facility in Leiria…

Algaetech goes international with astaxanthin eggs

Algaetech goes international with astaxanthin eggs

Malaysia-based Algaetech International, a pioneer algae technology company specializing in R&D, as well as production and commercialization of algae-derived high value products, has been on track to expand their production of astaxanthin eggs, to sell at the rate of 500,000/day by early 2019…

Algae and Sex Part 6

Algae and Sex Part 6

An Algae Secrets series last year addressed the challenge of solving the problem of lead poisoning inflicted on children and adults in Flint Michigan. Flint Michigan regained new attention in September 2017 with a report by David Slusky and Daniel Grossman that fetal death rates rose by a horrifying 58% while the fertility…

Will N. Korea sanctions trigger algal biofuel production?

Will N. Korea sanctions trigger algal biofuel production?

Brandon Jacobs reports in 38North.com that a new algal research facility just outside of Wonsan, North Korea, suggests a growing interest in developing algae as a strategic resource to diversify sources of energy supplies and improve agricultural production, which could over time reduce the country’s… [Read the full story]

U of Twente develops CO2 capture unit for algae

U of Twente develops CO2 capture unit for algae

A new air capture technology, developed by the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, captures CO2 from atmospheric air in a cheap and efficient way, they claim. The CO2, in turn, is used by the researchers for growing microalgae. The new unit was designed to capture 500 grams of CO2 from air per day…

Algae and Sex Part 5

Algae and Sex Part 5

Nutrient loss in foods may occur from rising levels of atmospheric CO2. Nutrient loss may come from degraded soil that has insufficient nutrients to support healthy crops. Cropland degrades from industrial agriculture’s standard operating procedure, systemic overproduction and constant…

Swedish Algae Factory developing more efficient solar panels

Swedish Algae Factory developing more efficient solar panels

Camille Charluet writes in thenextweb.com about Swedish Algae Factory, a self-proclaimed “visionary algae lab,” that works with a specific strain of diatom algae that can endure and multiply in the grim low-light, low-temperature conditions of the Nordic sea and has a set of remarkable abilities. The outer shell of…

UNE lands $1.3M grant for seaweed production

UNE lands $1.3M grant for seaweed production

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). DOE awardees are part of a new program called “Macroalgae Research Inspiring…

Scientists in Viet Nam mull world water shortages

Scientists in Viet Nam mull world water shortages

Viet NamNews reports that some 150 scientists gathered in Hà Nội to discuss how to develop environmentally friendly, economically viable and energy efficient processes to treat and preserve the world’s limited water resources. The three-day conference on Green Technologies for Sustainable Water 2017 (GTSW) was organized by…

Algae and Sex Part 4

Algae and Sex Part 4

The “sex self-destruction” theory posits that the collapse of vital dietary nutrients in food crops due to global warming contributes significantly to the catastrophic collapse in male sperm counts, which threatens to destroy successful sex. Prior posts examined the evidence indicating global warming will lead…

ZIVO and NutriQuest conclude two algal poultry studies

ZIVO and NutriQuest conclude two algal poultry studies

ZIVO Bioscience, Inc. (ZIVO) a biotech/agtech R&D company engaged in the commercialization of nutritional and medicinal products derived from proprietary algal strains, has announced results from two poultry studies designed and supervised by animal nutrition strategic partner NutriQuest, LLC. The two studies…

ASU, CSU, NREL share in $3.5 million algae project

ASU, CSU, NREL share in $3.5 million algae project

Colorado State University scientists and Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. The Department of Energy’s…

UCSD may launch a flip flop revolution

UCSD may launch a flip flop revolution

UC San Diego students and researchers have produced the world’s first algae-based, renewable flip flops. The first prototypes of their new invention, developed over the summer in a York Hall chemistry laboratory, consist of a flexible, spongy slipper adorned with a Triton logo and a simple strap — fairly basic, as flip flops go…

Algae and Sex Part 3

Algae and Sex Part 3

The “sex self-destruction” by inaction to climate change, nutrient collapse and sperm collapse is currently only a theory with strong indicators, but without sufficient proof of cause and effect. Sex self-destruction by continued overuse of pesticides is not a theory, it is fact. Here are the facts. EPA’s Annual use of Pesticides…

Venter Institute-led team gets $10.7M for diatom research

Venter Institute-led team gets $10.7M for diatom research

Scientists, led by the La Jolla, CA-based J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, were recently awarded a 5-year, $10.7 million grant by the United States Department of Energy, Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER), BER Genomic Science Program…

Phenometrics’ FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system

Phenometrics’ FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system

Photobioreactor experts Phenometrics Inc. have introduced a new accessory for their PBR-101 photo bioreactors, the FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system. The FSL-200’s LED produces a more accurate solar spectrum, compared to the current LED light that comes standard with the PBR-101. The PBR101 is a computer…

Producing high productivity microalgae with flexible composition

Producing high productivity microalgae with flexible composition

I joined Dr. Viamajala’s lab in 2013 working on improving economic and environmental sustainability of algal biodiesel production. My research (funded by DOE and NSF) has focused on addressing the current challenges…

Algae and Sex Part 2

Algae and Sex Part 2

The sex self-destruction theory posits that nutrient collapse in food crops due to global warming contributes significantly to the catastrophic collapse in male sperm counts, which threatens to destroy successful sex. A recent study led by Samuel Myers and a team at the Harvard School of Public Health found that rising…