Triton making ingredients for next-generation foods

Triton making ingredients for next-generation foods

Elise Reuter writes for the San Diego Business Journal that, with the rise of the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat tacos, and the growing demand for other plant-based products, Triton Algae Innovations is looking to take a big bite of the growing market. Triton recently secured approval to begin selling…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 23

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 23

Smartcultures address food production challenges with sustainable solutions. The core concept comes from Aristotle, who suggested using nature’s way: “If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.” —Aristotle Smartcultures mimic nature by employing nature’s original…

Learn spirulina farming — the French way

Learn spirulina farming — the French way

Apogee Spirulina, in association with Santa Fe Community College is offering two 4-day workshops, where students will get three days of hands-on Artisan Spirulina farming, learning the French cultivation method.The Spirulina portion of the course will be taught by Nicholas Petrovic, proprietor of Apogee Spirulina…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 22

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 22

The post–World War II, Green Agricultural Revolution increased crop yields, but half our global population currently suffers from caloric and micronutrient deficiencies. Many people consume thousands of empty calories, yet remain malnourished and obese because their diet is deficient in essential vitamins…

Checkerspot Closes $13 Million Series A

Checkerspot Closes $13 Million Series A

Berkeley-CA-based Checkerspot, Inc., a materials innovation company, has closed its Series A financing for $13 million. The round was led by Builders VC, and included Breakout Ventures, Viking Global Investors, KdT Ventures, Plug and Play Ventures, Sahsen Ventures, and Godfrey Capital…

Phenometrics introduces two next generation photo bioreactors

Phenometrics introduces two next generation photo bioreactors

Lansing, Michigan-based Phenometrics Inc., a highly respected innovator in benchtop photo bioreactors, has introduced two upgraded PBR systems, the PBR102-FTM, which includes the FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system, and the PBR102-STM, with Standard spectrum light. The PBR102-F and…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 21

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 21

In spite of the numerous advantages associated with organic food production, less than 1% of the world’s croplands are farmed organically. About 4% of European Union’s farms, where farmers receive subsidies to use organic methods, practice organic farming. The US has only 0.8% of cropland and…

Researchers remove hormones from wastewater using Nannochloris

Researchers remove hormones from wastewater using Nannochloris

A common species of freshwater green algae is capable of removing certain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from wastewater, according to new research from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas. EDCs are natural…

Startup turning wastewater algae into specialty chemicals

Startup turning wastewater algae into specialty chemicals

Algae from wastewater treatment facilities is typically disposed of in a landfill, which can be costly and environmentally challenging. “There is a better way to repurpose this algae,” says Kelvin Okamoto, founder and chief executive officer of Gen3Bio — a startup commercializing a new technology…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 20

Leonardo was right. Our modern society spends 100 times more on space. NASA has a $18.3 billion budget, but the USDA invests practically nothing on soil research. Ancient, as well as current indigenous civilizations worshipped the soil as the foundry of life. Proof of soil veneration comes from the Latin…

Algae-derived solar fuel

Algae-derived solar fuel

Susan Kraemer writes in solarpaces.org that to use solar thermal energy to convert farmed algae to fuel, the solar fuels research team at Australian National University (ANU), led by John Pye together with Mahesh Venkataraman, proposed a new process, detailed in their paper Modelling of a 50 MWth…