On the optimal production of astaxanthin

On the optimal production of astaxanthin

The numerous benefits of natural astaxanthin for brain health, eye health, healthy aging, cardiovascular health, muscle endurance/recovery and skin health are supported by extensive research, including more than 50 human clinical studies and 1,400 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Although astaxanthin can be found…

LANL algae researchers searching for affordable fuel

LANL algae researchers searching for affordable fuel

Andy Stiny writes for the Santa Fe New Mexican that molecular biologist Amanda Barry and a team of algae researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bio-energy and Biome Sciences group are trying to determine whether one particular strain of algae can be produced at low cost and in short periods of time so that…

NMSU researchers mining energy from wastewater

NMSU researchers mining energy from wastewater

Tiffany Acosta writes for the (Las Cruces, NM) Sun-News that three years ago Catherine Brewer was asked to join a university collaboration on bioalgal energy. The assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at New Mexico State University, who specializes in biomass processing, accepted the…

New methods to control bacterial factories for biotech

New methods to control bacterial factories for biotech

Miniature “factories” found in bacteria, called bacterial microcompartments, are widespread in nature and do different things depending on the host. For example in cyanobacteria, which harvest energy from the sun, they help to construct high energy compounds. In our own guts, pathogenic bacteria use the factories…

Algatech Launches Fucovital, a Fucoxanthin from Microalgae

Algatech Launches Fucovital, a Fucoxanthin from Microalgae

Algatechnologies, Ltd. (Algatech) of Kibbutz Ketura, Israel, has launched Fucovital®, a patented, all-natural 3% fucoxanthin oleoresin produced and extracted from microalgae. Fucovital’s unique composition is the first fucoxanthin granted New Dietary Ingredient Notification (NDIN) acknowledgement for dietary…

New biofuel cell system uses spirulina

New biofuel cell system uses spirulina

Japan for Sustainability reports that Osaka City University announced on April 25, 2018, that it succeeded in developing a new biofuel cell system with the functions of a solar cell and the ability of carbon dioxide conversion. Utilizing the photosynthesis function of spirulina, this solar-light driven biofuel cell…

French wineries testing algae on mildew, botrytis

French wineries testing algae on mildew, botrytis

Sophie Kevany writes in Decanter.com that a group of vineyards in France’s Bordeaux and Cognac regions are exploring whether algae can be used to prevent the fungal infections mildew and botrytis, both posing significant problems to their grapes due to the region’s warm, damp conditions. While the traditional copper…

Algae strain uses raw plants as carbon energy source

Algae strain uses raw plants as carbon energy source

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions have provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and…

Ecoalf sneakers made from algae and ocean plastic

Ecoalf sneakers made from algae and ocean plastic

Trudie Carter writes for dezeen.com that the new footwear collection from Spanish fashion brand Ecoalf is made from recycled plastic and algae found in oceans and rivers. Old plastic bottles sourced from the Mediterranean Sea are used to create each pair of Shao sneakers. This discarded plastic is processed into a yarn…

Dr. Craig Behnke joins Lumen Bioscience as SVP

Dr. Craig Behnke joins Lumen Bioscience as SVP

Lumen Bioscience, a Seattle company developing novel biologics on its proprietary spirulina expression platform, has announced that Dr. Craig Behnke has joined its executive team as Senior Vice President, Production and Development. Dr. Behnke will assume leadership of Lumen’s existing… [Read the full story]

Overcoming limitations of engineering eukaryotic algae

Overcoming limitations of engineering eukaryotic algae

Have some of the final engineering limitations of microalgae been overcome? Can microalgae be hosts for genetic engineering as powerful as bacteria and yeast? A promising new technique for gene design seems to overcome expression limitations of nuclear transgene expression for practical eukaryotic algal engineering…

Algenuity launches MERIT project for pharmaceutical development

Algenuity launches MERIT project for pharmaceutical development

Algae technology development and licensing company, Algenuity, based in Stewartby, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, has launched the MicroalgaE as Renewable Innovative green cell facTories (MERIT) project, a three-year ERA…

Looking for algae growth genes in space

Looking for algae growth genes in space

Amy Thompson writes in Space.com that SpaceX successfully launched its 15th Space Station cargo-resupply mission on Friday, June 29; carrying a payload of experiments designed to better understand how astronauts can have access to fresh foods and grow their own in space. This mission — dubbed VEG-03G…

How eating seaweed can lower cow methane

How eating seaweed can lower cow methane

Judith Lewis Mernit writes in e360.yale.edu that an experiment being conducted by animal science professor Ermias Kebreab at the University of California, Davis, is testing 12 Holstein cows in an experiment to reduce methane emissions from livestock by supplementing their diets with a specific type of seaweed…

Study: astaxanthin protects skin from sun damage

Study: astaxanthin protects skin from sun damage

A new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial provides stronger evidence for the protective role of algal-derived astaxanthin against skin deterioration caused by ultraviolet (UV) light. The new study, published June 25, 2018, in the journal Nutrients, was conducted at the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Research…

Swedish Algae Factory scales up for solar cells

Swedish Algae Factory scales up for solar cells

Swedish Algae Factory, a start-up supported by EIT InnoEnergy, has received close to EUR 1.7 million from the EU LIFE programme. The grant will be used to scale up the material extraction from algae that can increase the efficiency of solar cells. The company’s innovation increases the efficiency of solar panels by using…