Seaweed Farming, Bali

Seaweed Farming, Bali

A village in Indonesia is harvesting non-food ocean resources sustainably. …

BiomiTech introduces microalgae air filtration

BiomiTech introduces microalgae air filtration

A Mexican company specializing in microalgae air filtration systems, BiomiTech, will launch its BioUrban range in the UK at the Clean Air Technology Expo in September. Orlando Monroy and Emma Greenwood, spokespeople for the Global BiomiTech Project, will speak at the Clean Air Technology Expo, which takes place on…

How will ocean acidification affect seaweed?

How will ocean acidification affect seaweed?

Researcher Celso Hernández writes in ScienceTrends.com that the rise in temperature in the oceans affects marine life and ecosystems, but it is accompanied by another problem caused by an increase of CO2: ocean acidification. Atmospheric CO2 dissolves and reacts with seawater, forming the chemical compounds that…

British investors take a close look at Firglas

British investors take a close look at Firglas

Chris Tosic writes in the Financial Times that the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offers high-risk investors generous tax breaks in return for investing in early-stage start-ups. Wealthier investors hit with cuts to pension tax relief have also embraced it as a way of cutting their tax bills. EIS investors receive…

Cutting the Methane

Cutting the Methane

Seaweed may be the super food dairy cattle need to reduce the amount of methane they burp into the atmosphere. Early results from research at the University of California, Davis, indicate that just a touch of the ocean algae in cattle feed could dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions from California’s 1.8 million dairy cows…

Sunken Seaweed project gets San Diego Port approval

Sunken Seaweed project gets San Diego Port approval

Parimal M. Rohit writes in thelog.com that a company seeking to demonstrate the potential of seaweed aquaculture as a source of environmental sustainability and fish farming will receive $137,000 from the Port of San Diego as part of a pilot project under the district’s “Blue Economy” program. The Port of San Diego’s Board of…

Algaennovation signs deal with Iceland geothermal plant

Algaennovation signs deal with Iceland geothermal plant

Alexander Richter writes in thinkgeoenergy.com that Israel-based Algaennovation last week signed a 15-year contract with Icelandic energy utility and operator ON Power for the purchase of energy and other inputs for small-scale algae production, which the companies say will be the first of its kind in the world…

Enzyme could help accelerate algal biofuel production

Enzyme could help accelerate algal biofuel production

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have homed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Algae are known to store up large amounts of oils called triacylglycerols…

Dartmouth scientists making aquafeed more sustainable

Dartmouth scientists making aquafeed more sustainable

Dartmouth scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia. The results are published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE…

Polar marine diatoms clue scientists into changing climate

Polar marine diatoms clue scientists into changing climate

More than 40 researchers from around the world gathered in northwest Iowa last week to share their studies on single-celled algae organisms called polar marine diatoms. These organisms are the base of the food web in the polar regions and can reveal a lot about the Earth’s changing climate. The researchers spent the last…

Jeff Wesley joins Phenometrics’ Board of Directors

Jeff Wesley joins Phenometrics’ Board of Directors

Phenometrics Inc. has announced the name of another appointment to their board, in addition to adding Mark Edwards last week. The new addition, Jeff Wesley, is executive director of the Michigan State University Foundation’s wholly owned venture investment subsidiary… [Read the full story]

Corals and algae go back to Jurassic Period

Corals and algae go back to Jurassic Period

Algae and corals have been leaning on each other since dinosaurs roamed the earth, much longer than had been previously thought, according to new research led by scientists at Oregon State University and Penn State. The findings, published in Current Biology, are a key advance toward a better understanding…

Phenometrics welcomes Mark Edwards to Board of Directors

Phenometrics welcomes Mark Edwards to Board of Directors

Phenometrics Inc., a leader in benchtop photobioreactors, has announce a new distinguished member, Mark R. Edwards PhD, MBA, to its board of directors. Dr. Edwards, is Professor Emeritus after 39 years at Arizona State University. He advises global companies on strategy for food, energy… [Read the full story]

Algenist introduces vegan collagen lip treatment

Algenist introduces vegan collagen lip treatment

Algenist, the beauty product brand birthed by former algal fuel, food and skin care developer Solazyme, has announced the launch of its newest innovation: GENIUS Liquid Collagen Lip. Inspired by GENIUS Liquid Collagen, Algenist’s best-selling facial serum, Liquid Collagen Lip is formulated with the same vegan collagen…

Find a new strain? NCMA wants to help.

Find a new strain? NCMA wants to help.

The National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) has put out the word that they are looking to expand their algal strain collection for the betterment of science. “We are looking for unialgal micro- or macroalgae isolated strains to add to our collection. If you have unique culture(s) or strain(s) new to science…

Fighting algae blooms with tiny bubbles

Fighting algae blooms with tiny bubbles

Bill Smith writes in the Fort Myers News-Press that, as Florida’s Lee County begins its effort to remove and destroy the blue-green algae that has poisoned Southwest Florida waterways, some scientists and entrepreneurs are testing a new technology on an eight-acre pond bordering a south Fort Myers golf course…