Algae Chocolate Bar

Algae Chocolate Bar

Meet the people at Algae Factory, in Wageningen, Netherlands, who are using spirulina packaged into a chocolate bar to give the world a healthier sweet tooth…

Reducing the number of annual algal blooms

Reducing the number of annual algal blooms

The massive annual algal blooms around the world, caused by excess fertilizer from farms and cities running off into water supplies, are having severe human health and economic consequences, with economic damages from the issue costing up to $2.3 trillion annually. New research led by Brigham Young University ecosystem…

Assessment of algae via diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

Assessment of algae via diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

Dennis C. J. Kharagpur writes in Research Matters that scientists from Indian Institute of Khragpur (IIT KGP) have developed a novel method to estimate the biomass and pigment concentration of algae, without having to touch or disturb the organism. The new process could help industries, such as the pharmaceutical…

AlgalBBB 2018 to meet in Seattle

AlgalBBB 2018 to meet in Seattle

The 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2018), being held June 11-13 in Seattle, will provide an atmosphere to discuss the industry’s latest research and technologies, and interact with leaders in the field. Emphasis will be placed… [Read the full story]

Triton Algae readies for commercialization

Triton Algae readies for commercialization

Triton Algae Innovations, a San Diego-based startup company focused on new food and nutritional products derived from algae, has announced that it has achieved Independent Conclusion of GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for its wild-type algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (c. reinhardtii). After a rigorous evaluation…

Algae-powered Fuel Cells

Algae-powered Fuel Cells

A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. While algae-powered fuel cells are unlikely to generate enough electricity to power a grid system…

Lipid-extracted microalgal biomass waste for biogas

Lipid-extracted microalgal biomass waste for biogas

Microalgae contain substantial amounts of lipids (2–46%), carbohydrates (8–64%) including cellulose and starch, proteins (6–71%), fats and many other valuable compounds. The current obstacle for microalgal biodiesel development lies in its economics, because until now there has been no commercial…

Renew/IU to grow cannabinoids in microalgae

Renew/IU to grow cannabinoids in microalgae

In a collaboration that could lead to a new class of drugs to replace opioids and help fight the national opioid epidemic, Renew Biopharma has announced it is collaborating with Ken Mackie from the Indiana University (Bloomington) Gill Center for Biomolecular Science to help screen and develop human therapeutics…

Producing algae-based biofertilizer from runoff water

Producing algae-based biofertilizer from runoff water

Minnesota is an agricultural powerhouse that ranks 5th in the nation for total agricultural production. However, this agricultural prosperity may inadvertently threaten the future of the state’s 10,000+ lakes. Agricultural runoff, often high in inorganic nitrogen and phosphorous, can fuel the rapid growth of algae that…

Algae fighting wastewater pathogens in New Mexico

Algae fighting wastewater pathogens in New Mexico

Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels report for KRWG that, over the past decade, New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Engineering Professor Nagamany Nirmalakhandan (known as Dr. Khandan) has been investigating how algae removes contaminants from wastewater. The specific microalgae used by Dr. Khandan…

From Emissions to Algae

From Emissions to Algae

How can the construction industry do its share to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases connected to global warming? In the urgent search for answers, Votorantim Cimentos and Pond Technologies are taking part in a cutting edge project that reveals how carbon dioxide waste can be tapped to reduce emissions, while fueling the production of valuable raw materials…

New alginate skin patch for type 2 diabetes

New alginate skin patch for type 2 diabetes

For millions of people with type 2 diabetes, ongoing vigilance over the amount of sugar, or glucose, in their blood is the key to health. A finger prick before mealtimes and maybe an insulin injection is an uncomfortable but necessary routine. Researchers with NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging…

2017 — It was a seaweed year for algae

2017 — It was a seaweed year for algae

Of all of the directions that the algae industry has pivoted to in recent years, 2017 will likely go down as the year that seaweed finally received major attention. As the year began we passed along a story about a Korean research team at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, South Korea that has developed the technology…

Growing oxygen from spirulina in space

Growing oxygen from spirulina in space

Though the International Space Station is regularly restocked by cargo vessels, like today’s Dragon, self-sufficient spaceflight in the future will require us to recycle and reuse precious resources like oxygen. An experiment in space will soon look into doing just that. Researchers are studying how photosynthesis…