Phenometrics intros Light Calibration Tool for PBR101

Phenometrics intros Light Calibration Tool for PBR101

Lansing, Michigan-based Phenometrics Inc. has introduced a new accessory for their benchtop PBR-101 photo bioreactors, the LCT99 Light Calibration Tool. The LCT99 is a time saving tool that helps scientists accurately calibrate the LED light on the Phenometrics PBR101 and ePBR Photo Bioreactors…

Could algae replace grain in animal feed?

Could algae replace grain in animal feed?

Today’s agricultural feed cultivation for cattle, pigs and chicken comes with tremendous impacts for the environment and climate. Cultivating feed in industrial facilities instead of on croplands might help to alleviate the critical implications in the agricultural food supply chain. Protein-rich microbes, produced…

UF/IFAS researcher to experiment with algae in space

UF/IFAS researcher to experiment with algae in space

Brad Buck at Southeast AG NET Radio Network reports that a University of Florida scientist will use the International Space Station to see if algae can help recycle carbon dioxide and eventually be used to help make plastics, resins and even food. Initially, researchers want to improve algae’s ability to use light to capture…

A new type of photosynthesis is discovered

A new type of photosynthesis is discovered

Hayley Dunning writes from the Imperial College of London that a new discovery has changed our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage…

Algaia secures 4m euros to expand French algae facility

Algaia secures 4m euros to expand French algae facility

Foodbev.com reports that French marine ingredients company Algaia will install a new specialty seaweed extract unit at its facility in Brittany, France, after securing €4 million in funding from its main shareholder, Maabarot Products. Algaia works with local fishermen to harvest brown algae just a few kilometers from the site…

New algae techno-economic analysis model from NREL

New algae techno-economic analysis model from NREL

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), we have used techno-economic analysis (TEA) to build a model for the production of algal biomass in large open ponds. This model allows us to determine the economies of scale that can reduce cost as the size of cultivation facilities (basically microalgae…

“AmazonSmile” program to support student algal research

“AmazonSmile” program to support student algal research

The Algae Foundation has launched an initiative with AmazonSmile to support the Foundation’s K-12 STEM project, The Algae Academy, and reach more students through this algae outreach program. AmazonSmile is an Amazon service that allows a buyer to donate a portion of their purchase to a charity/non-profit…

New Zealand funds leading-edge macroalgal research

New Zealand funds leading-edge macroalgal research

The New Zealand Government and the University of Waikato are investing $13 million in a new research program in Tauranga aimed at helping tackle some of the biggest issues facing New Zealand’s primary sector. The project, part of the Entrepreneurial Universities program administered by the Tertiary Education…

French partners to build photovoltaic greenhouses for microalgae

French partners to build photovoltaic greenhouses for microalgae

Global EcoPower (GEP), of Aix-en-Provence, France, has signed a 5-year partnership contract with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). This partnership, launched with the CEA’s technological…

Global seaweed market passes $4 billion in new study

Global seaweed market passes $4 billion in new study

According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled “Seaweed Market by Product and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018 to 2024,” the global seaweed market was valued at $4.1 billion in 2017, and is projected to reach $9.1 billion by 2024, registering a CAGR…

Algae from Scotch whisky to yield omega-3

Algae from Scotch whisky to yield omega-3

Colin Donald writes for Insider.co.uk that algae produced from the co-products of Scotland’s whisky industry could be used in health products for human consumption, if the winner of a major young entrepreneurial competition is successful. Douglas Martin, whose company MiAlgae was crowned…

AlgaEnergy biostimulant increases melon productivity, taste

AlgaEnergy biostimulant increases melon productivity, taste

For the second year in a row, as reported by freshplaza.com, an independent study conducted in Spain by the iMiDRA has demonstrated the effectiveness of AlgaEnergy’s micro-algae biostimulants in melon cultivation. “The trial, which was designed and carried out by the Agro-food Research Center, shows that…

Algenuity delivers Algem systems to LANL

Algenuity delivers Algem systems to LANL

Algenuity, maker of the Algem lab-scale photobioreactor for algal research, has announced the delivery of three integrated Algem systems to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Their latest delivery makes a total of six Algem systems at the research laboratory…