A New Biofuel System

A New Biofuel System

Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation…

Global scientists strategize on macroalgal ecosystems

Global scientists strategize on macroalgal ecosystems

Twenty eight scientists from nine countries are this week meeting at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart, the capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, as part of a Working Group to develop a strategy for monitoring macroalgal ecosystems around the world. The meeting has been organized…

Spirulina greenhouses at France’s Groupe Olivier

Spirulina greenhouses at France’s Groupe Olivier

Cécile Barbière writes for Euractive.fr (translated by Rob Kirby) that, in large greenhouses formerly home to the tomatoes and cucumbers of the market gardening Groupe Olivier, the family-owned business has over the past three years ventured into growing spirulina. Under the leadership of Stéphane Olivier…

Algae becoming a sustainable feedstock for bioplastics

Algae becoming a sustainable feedstock for bioplastics

The demand for bioplastics is growing globally. Major consumer brands are investing in bioplastics as an opportunity to lower their environmental footprint, including Lego, and Danone, among others. Indeed, the rising demand for bioplastics is influencing the next generation of material choices for packaging and consumer goods…

Fighting the Bad Algae

Fighting the Bad Algae

Bill Smith reports in the Fort Myers News-Press that a company that manages private lakes throughout Florida is the next contractor that will try to show how it can get rid of blue-green algae that has made thousands of Lee County residents miserable. SOLitude Lake Management will perform demonstration projects…

Solaga startup commercializing algal biofilms

Solaga startup commercializing algal biofilms

Berlin, Germany-based biotechnology startup Solaga is working on developing the commercial potential of microalgae biofilms. The company is currently involved in two major projects — what they consider sustainable applications of this technology. The first is a frame containing a biofilm that has the purpose of cleaning air…

Profit model for co-products at algal biorefineries

Profit model for co-products at algal biorefineries

Annie Megan Santamaria writes from Mumbai, India, in researchmatters.in that, in a new study, Prof. Yogendra Shastri and his team from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) have designed a computer simulation tool that can take into account the demand…

BiomiTech algae air purifier wins innovation award

BiomiTech algae air purifier wins innovation award

Milenio.com reports that BiomiTech, a Mexican company, won a prestigious innovation award for its air purification system at the Contamination Expo Series 2018 held in Birmingham, England, this past week. BiomiTech bested six other finalists in the innovation category with its Biourban 2.0 system…

A Spirulina Snack Break

A Spirulina Snack Break

Courtesy of Health Magazine, here is an oatmeal breakfast bar recipe featuring spirulina powder, that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this healthy and delicious snack…

Microalgae repository inaugurated in India

Microalgae repository inaugurated in India

Thehindu.com reports that Sangita M. Kasture, Joint Director of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at India’s Bharathidasan University, said during the recent Inauguration of the National Repository for Micro-algae and Cyanobacteria-Freshwater, that the Centre had recently approved a national policy…

John Innes Centre takes a closer look at algal blooms

John Innes Centre takes a closer look at algal blooms

Scientists at the John Innes Centre, located in Norwich, Norfolk, England, are relying on automatic photobioreactors from Algenuity to look more closely at algal blooms. “Our work so far has centered on the Prymnesiumgolden algae,” said Professor Rob Field, a Project Leader at the Centre. “These produce a toxin lethal…

Cyanotech buying Cellana’s Hawaiian demonstration facility

Cyanotech buying Cellana’s Hawaiian demonstration facility

San Diego, CA and Kailua-Kona, HI-based Cellana, Inc. has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with Cyanotech Corporation for the sale of Cellana’s six-acre production and research facility, known as the Kona Demonstration Facility (KDF). KDF is located adjacent to Cyanotech’s existing 90-acre… [Read the full story]

Bioluminescent Algae

Bioluminescent Algae

David Finlay filmed this footage of the glow caused by a bioluminescent algae, called Noctiluca scintillans, at Jervis Bay, a 102-square-kilometre oceanic bay and village on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, said to possess the whitest sand in the world…

Cosmos-Satreps project gearing Malaysia up for microalgae

Cosmos-Satreps project gearing Malaysia up for microalgae

Adrian David reports from Kuala Nerus in New Straits Times that Malaysia wants to tap into the US$1.25 billion (RM5 billion) a year global microalgae consumption industry. Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Cosmos-Satreps project advisor Dr. Mohamed Shariff Mohamed Din said Malaysia was working closely with Japan to carry…

DOE: $15M for 7 algal bioenergy R&D projects

DOE: $15M for 7 algal bioenergy R&D projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of 7 algal projects totaling $15 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. This R&D will go toward enabling cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products…

Mark Hildebrand, leading algal biofuel scientist, passes away

Mark Hildebrand, leading algal biofuel scientist, passes away

Mark Hildebrand, a research molecular biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, died Aug. 9 after a battle with cancer lasting more than four years. He was 59. Dr. Hildebrand was a leader of the national research effort to develop fuels from algae and…