Ana Feeds Our World, Part 2

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 2

Ana knows that tiny single-celled organisms have extraordinary properties. Her favorite, algae, is the mother of all land plants. Terrestrial plants, with roots, evolved from algae about 500 million years ago. Algae comes in all shapes and sizes from tiny to macro. Some algae species group and form…

Using brown seaweed to make sustainable paper cups

Using brown seaweed to make sustainable paper cups

Julianna Photopoulos writes in Horizon EU Research and Innovation magazine that UK start-up Skipping Rocks Lab aims to use natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed to create waste-free alternatives to single-use plastics, such as bottles, cups and plates. In 2013, it introduced its first product, Ooho…

Photosynthetic sutures promote wound healing

Photosynthetic sutures promote wound healing

Héctor Capella Monsonís writes in PhysicWorld.com that sutures are extensively used to close wounds. However, rather than promoting active healing of the wound, they act as a passive element that provokes scar formation. In addition, the disruption of blood vessels decreases the presence…

Growing algae with improved carbon dioxide utilization

Growing algae with improved carbon dioxide utilization

Ken Reardon, the Jud and Pat Harper Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University, is leading a $2.1 million project that aims to increase algae yield by improving carbon dioxide utilization. The three-year project is part of an effort led by the…

Space Algae Research

Space Algae Research

NASA scientist and astronauts have been experimenting with algae in space. Two specimens recently spent 16 months on the exterior of the International Space Station and became the first plants to make it through these conditions. The researchers are exploring the genetic basis for…

Algae takes center stage in Florida political debates

Algae takes center stage in Florida political debates

E.A. Crunden writes in thinkprogress.org that Florida’s first gubernatorial debate was dominated by environmental and climate issues, with an emphasis on the state’s algae crisis, which has persisted throughout the midterm election cycle. Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis sparred… [Read the full story]

Harvesting microalgae to de-carbonize future cities

Harvesting microalgae to de-carbonize future cities

In the project Photo.Synth.Etica, which my company ecoLogicStudio has developed for the EIT Climate-KIC annual Climate Innovation Summit, we have introduced a new spatial metric to measure human-induced climate change. Ecologic value, measured here in terms of CO2 emissions…

Microalgae delivering targeted medicines

Microalgae delivering targeted medicines

Nature.com reports that swimming algae have been enlisted to carry drugs to individual cells, raising the prospect that such “microswimmers” could deliver targeted therapies. Miniscule devices propelled by living organisms can “swim” through the body to deliver cargo such as…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 1

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 1

By 2040, Ana’s world will have over 9 billion hungry people competing for nourishment on our increasingly hot, dry and crowded planet. What will Ana’s children do for food? To provide abundant affordable and sustainable food for everyone, we need a plant that works miracles…

Boosting Crop Yields

Boosting Crop Yields

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in an innovation that can help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas and cassava…

Cultivating geothermal with spirulina, in Tuscany

Cultivating geothermal with spirulina, in Tuscany

Alexander Richter reports for Geothermal Energy News that, among the many examples offered during a recent conference in Pisa, Italy, on Perspectives and Impact of the Green Economy is a project that cultivates geothermal energy and spirulina together. This project has so…

PHYCO2, MSU advance algae production/carbon reduction program

PHYCO2, MSU advance algae production/carbon reduction program

PHYCO2 LLC has announced a new milestone in their three-year pilot program with Michigan State University, with the operation of its new, scalable algae production technology reactor, which will reduce the level of carbon emissions produced…

Predicting and controlling HABs with new device

Predicting and controlling HABs with new device

UCLA researchers have developed an inexpensive and portable device that can analyze water samples immediately, which would provide marine biologists with real-time insight about the possibility that algal blooms could occur in the area they’re testing. That, in turn, would allow officials…

Ana Feeds Our World — Introduction

Ana Feeds Our World — Introduction

Ana Feeds our World describes the adoption and diffusion of sustainable, healthy and affordable algae-based food for plants, animals and people. Ana identifies and celebrates the many miracles algae has contributed to our planet and our society. Does Ana suggest that algae alone will feed…

How Algae Becomes Toxic

How Algae Becomes Toxic

A team led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has uncovered the genetic basis for the production of domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin produced by harmful algal blooms…

Algae business accelerator gets a green light

Algae business accelerator gets a green light

Australia’s first biotech accelerator dedicated to innovation in algae-based products and services is open for business, with applications being sought from New South Wales (NSW)-based startups and small businesses. The Green Light accelerator program is a result of a successful…

Phenometrics Narrow Spectrum Lights for PBR

Phenometrics Narrow Spectrum Lights for PBR

The computer-controlled PBR101 uses innovative technology to re-create algal environmental conditions such as temperature, light intensity, and CO2, enabling scientists to study algae under the same conditions found outdoors in the ponds, but in the much more efficient confines…

Sounds from algae helping coral reefs

Sounds from algae helping coral reefs

Phys.org reports that gas bubbles released by marine algae during photosynthesis produce sound whose intensity correlates with the degree of algal cover on coral reefs, according to a study published October 3 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Simon and Lauren Freeman…

Dr. Mark Edwards, on food for future generations

Dr. Mark Edwards, on food for future generations

A frequent contributor to Algae Industry Magazine, Dr. Mark Edwards is widely considered the #1 author in the world on issues related to algae food, feed and bioproducts. His 14 books in the Green Algae Series, dozens of articles and over 130+ blog posts in Algae Industry Magazine…

Algal Biofuels at U of M

Algal Biofuels at U of M

With $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, University of Michigan researchers aim to make the long-touted promise of algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines into a reality. Their goal: create biofuels that work with existing diesel engines and reduce greenhouse gas emissions…

Rutgers study: certain algae are resistant to climate change

Rutgers study: certain algae are resistant to climate change

A Rutgers University-led study has found that certain green algae are expected to better survive climate change compared to others due to genes they “stole” from bacteria. The Picochlorum single-celled species of green algae, which evolved to tolerate hostile and fluctuating…

ABS to feature the “New Carbon Economy”

ABS to feature the “New Carbon Economy”

The upcoming Algae Biomass Summit, October 14-17, in the Woodlands, Texas, has designated a major portion of the event as “Algae in the New Carbon Economy,” headlined by industry icon, Dr. Algae, aka John Benemann. A pioneering 40+ year algae scientist and consultant, Dr. Algae… [Read the full story]

Predicting algal blooms

Predicting algal blooms

Environmental Technology magazine notes that the difficulty in predicting how algae blooms will develop lies in their variform nature. With a multitude of different blooms affecting different parts of the coastline and interior bodies of water — from blue-green cyanobacteria to red dinoflagellates Karenia brevis…

SWALG to promote algae in Switzerland

SWALG to promote algae in Switzerland

The Swiss Algae Consortium Association (SWALG) was founded in May 2018 as a non-profit organization that serves as a platform for algae-related activities in Switzerland and beyond. The aim of the organization is to promote research, development and commercialization of algal technology through knowledge…