The surprisingly rapid evolution of Emiliania huxleyi

The surprisingly rapid evolution of Emiliania huxleyi

As the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, an increasing amount of CO2 dissolves in the ocean, where it reacts to carbonic acid and acidifies the seawater. As ocean acidification progresses steadily, scientists aim to assess the implications of this process for marine ecosystems…

Algae-based wastewater treatment in South Africa

Algae-based wastewater treatment in South Africa

Globally, an increase in water pollution is pushing scientists and environmental care specialists to seek best ways of preserving and maintaining sources of safe drinking water. In South Africa, areas such as the greater Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo are experiencing huge water quality and sanitation challenges…

Stress testing algae’s internal solar panels

Stress testing algae’s internal solar panels

A collaboration between the Benning and Kramer labs at Michigan State University (MSU) is revealing how algae’s internal solar panels constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their environments, a crucial system that ensures their hosts stay healthy and alive. The scientists want to use this knowledge…

AQUASUS project treating wastewater from fish farms

AQUASUS project treating wastewater from fish farms

Daniel Farrell writes in xcoastmonkey about an innovative new project led by University College Cork (UCC), in Ireland, that will use duckweed and algae to treat wastewater from fish farms. The project AQUASUS has just received €230,000 in funding under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), administered…

Consortium launches online algae intro course

Consortium launches online algae intro course

A new online course in algae basics has just been made available by Coursera for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of algae. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Algae, was produced at the University of San Diego and is being taught by Drs. Steve Mayfield of UCSD and Ira “Ike” Levine…

Corbion may acquire Bunge’s stake in SB Renewable Oils JV

Corbion may acquire Bunge’s stake in SB Renewable Oils JV

Corbion, the Netherlands-based global food ingredients company that took over the algal food portfolio of TerraVia last year, has announced that it is in discussions with Bunge Limited regarding the potential acquisition by Corbion of Bunge’s stake in the SB Renewable Oils joint venture. SB Oils, the former joint… [Read the full story]

42 Technology and LabXero team for pilot scale omega-3 equipment

42 Technology and LabXero team for pilot scale omega-3 equipment

42 Technology has been appointed by LabXero, acoustic particle filtration technology company, to help develop pilot-scale biomanufacturing equipment that could significantly reduce the costs of commercial-scale production of high grade…

NonFood plans for home-based algae reactors

NonFood plans for home-based algae reactors

Harvard Magazine reports that a glimpse of the future of food can be seen through the eyes of Andrew Ive, a Harvard M.B.A. He is managing director of the world’s largest food-company incubator, Food-X, based in New York City, which helps about 170 food start-ups get off the ground each year…

Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads from algae

Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads from algae

Tens of thousands of pounds of plastic Mardi Gras beads enter the environment every year. After the parades, most of the discarded beads end up in the landfill. Now, a biologist at Louisiana State University (LSU) is developing an innovative way to solve this problem by creating biodegradable Mardi Gras beads…

Salmon with double the omega-3 content

Salmon with double the omega-3 content

Leading aquaculture producers Kvarøy and Blue Circle Foods, along with top feed company BioMar have announced production of salmon that offers superior nutrition through a 100 percent increase in marine omega-3 content, essential to heart and brain function, and overall good health…

Algae.Tec to license pharmaceutical delivery platform using algal oils

Algae.Tec to license pharmaceutical delivery platform using algal oils

Plant-based health and wellbeing company Algae.Tec Limited (AEB) has announced that it has entered into a binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) to acquire a significant interest in private Australian-based pharmaceutical delivery… [Read the full story]

Oman Centre, Swedish Algae Factory partner for diatoms

Oman Centre, Swedish Algae Factory partner for diatoms

Trade Arabia reports that the Oman Centre for Marine Biotechnology (OCMB) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Swedish Algae Factory to support the domestic cultivation of algae as a source for commercially valuable nutrients and nanomaterial for the marine… [Read the full story]

ZIVO and Tianjin Norland to produce ZIVO algae in China

ZIVO and Tianjin Norland to produce ZIVO algae in China

Keego Harbor, Michigan-based ZIVO Bioscience, Inc., a company engaged in the commercialization of nutritional and medicinal products derived from proprietary algal strains, has announced the execution of a letter of intent to produce its proprietary algae strain at Tianjin Norland Biotech (Norland) facilities… [Read the full story]

How single cell life forms evolved into multicellular organisms

How single cell life forms evolved into multicellular organisms

PhD student, Jonathan Featherston, of the Evolution of Complexity Laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, has answered at least part of this question, by decoding the genomic sequence of one of the simplest of all multicellular organisms — the four-celled alga Tetrabaena socialis. His research…