Magnetic Algal Robots

Magnetic Algal Robots

For decades, engineers have been trying to build medical robots that can deliver drugs or do surgery inside the human body—a somewhat less fantastic version of the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. Now, scientists have manipulated spirulina to travel through people in response to magnetic signals. The biohybrid robot could one day carry drugs…

ASC and MSC release joint seaweed standard

ASC and MSC release joint seaweed standard

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have announced the launch of the ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard. The joint standard marks a first for the two certification programs, bringing together expertise in sustainable fishing and responsible aquaculture. Building on each…

Algae.Tec moves away from biofuel, Peter Hatfull steps down

Algae.Tec moves away from biofuel, Peter Hatfull steps down

Rachel Williamson writes in Stockhead.com that Algae.Tec’s boss Peter Hatfull has exited the business as it transitions from biofuel into a “plant-based health and wellbeing company.” Mr. Hatfull has been replaced by chairman Malcolm James. Algae.Tec told investors Mr. Hatfull… [Read the full story]

Techno-economic analysis of biofuel from seaweed

Techno-economic analysis of biofuel from seaweed

In spite of valuable food and medical products produced from seaweeds, their profitability as energy crops has not yet been commercially confirmed. Seaweed cultivation can be very labor intensive, and also can require expensive equipment. The potential profit of the seaweed-based renewable energy…

UConn researchers turning seaweed into biofuel

UConn researchers turning seaweed into biofuel

UConn Professor Charles Yarish has spent his career studying seaweed, and he just got news that the federal government is going to fund one of his dream projects. The grant from the Department of Energy is $5.7 million, and will go to Dr. Yarish and colleagues at the University of Connecticut…

Indiana U gets Duke Energy grant for algae project

Indiana U gets Duke Energy grant for algae project

Bailey Briscoe writes from Bloomington, Indiana, that a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy will help make Indiana University Bloomington one of the first universities in the U.S. to convert emissions from its heating plant into fertilizer to feed campus vegetation. To make this happen, a group composed of specialists…

Israel’s Seakura developing “landweed”

Israel’s Seakura developing “landweed”

Minna Fingerhood writes in NoCamels that Seakura, headquartered in Herzliya, Israel, and with offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, has worked since 2006 to develop and produce its organic “super seaweed.” The company promotes their macroalgae as one serving having double…

Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0

Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0

The new report, Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0, was released by the ABO Technical Standards Committee at the 11th Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) in Salt Lake City this month. The IAM 8.0 collaboration represents contributions of over 30 universities, private companies, and national… [Read the full story]

Algae to Hydrogen

Algae to Hydrogen

Professor Azizi Miskon, Director of the Center for Research and Innovation Management in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the National Defence University of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, has come up with a solution for making hydrogen from algae. Interviewed by Leo Siemann…

Corbion’s plan after TerraVia acquisition

Corbion’s plan after TerraVia acquisition

Jeff Gelsky writes in Meat+Poultry that Corbion executives have given insights on how its September 29 acquisition of TerraVia Holdings Inc., an algae-based ingredients company, could benefit Corbion. Enzymes in Corbion’s bakery ingredients and antimicrobials… [Read the full story]

Algal bioreactors on a chip for renewable energy research

Algal bioreactors on a chip for renewable energy research

Using metabolic engineering, Cornell Professor David Stern, of the Plant Biology department, has transferred the metabolic pathway of Botryococcus, a species of algae that produces large quantities of usable oil, into another species of algae that has a fast rate of reproduction. Despite the improvements, there was…

ABS11 Part 2: Astaxanthin increases its prominence

ABS11 Part 2: Astaxanthin increases its prominence

Astaxanthin is a xanthophyll carotenoid of predominantly marine origin, with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects demonstrated in both experimental and human studies. Arun Nair, CEO, AstaReal reported that the global astaxanthin business is currently worth $550-600 million, with projections… [Read the full story]

ASU scientists improving algal hydrogen production

ASU scientists improving algal hydrogen production

Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a new NSF grant awarded to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P). The goal of Dr. Redding and his research group is to…

Testing Your Spirulina

Testing Your Spirulina

This video shows how to test your spirulina under a microscope and what to look when testing the contamination of your culture…

Crude glycerol for production of low-cost biofuel

Crude glycerol for production of low-cost biofuel

Hemali Chhapia writes for the Times of India that researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee have come up with a new, low-cost method for production of biofuels. The collaborative research team led by Dr Richa Katiyar, Centre for Transportation Systems, and Prof BR Gurjar, Department of Civil Engineering…

Volume down, profits up at Cyanotech

Volume down, profits up at Cyanotech

Cyanotech Corporation has announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, ended September 30, 2017. For the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2017, net sales were $8,055,000 compared to $9,862,000 for the Hawaii-based grower and manufacturer…

MKU signs biofuel deal with Algoma Algal Biotechnology

MKU signs biofuel deal with Algoma Algal Biotechnology

TheHindu.com reports that Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), in southern Tamil Nadu, India, has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Algoma Algal Biotechnology (AABT), a limited liability company started through the research work at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO) in the US…

ABS11 Salt Lake City highlights

ABS11 Salt Lake City highlights

The Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) has transitioned from algae biofuels to higher value algae bioproducts. Most of the excitement in the 2017 version focused on nutrition for plants, animals and people, and the critical need for nutrient cycling. Algae’s role in health and nutrition was emphasized… [Read the full story]

CRISPR Gene Editing

CRISPR Gene Editing

A new technology has changed the game in genetics, bringing about new and exciting, and perhaps dangerous, possibilities for genetic research and development. In this video, famed scientist Neil dsGrasse Tyson shares his views on the powerful tool and how it offers a huge upside to mankind if used wisely…

Marine Biological Lab developing new seaweed harvest methods

Marine Biological Lab developing new seaweed harvest methods

CapeCod.com reports that the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, has received a grant to develop innovative cultivation and harvesting technologies for year-round production of seaweeds in tropical and subtropical…