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Collectis’ meganucleases allow new genetic information to be added to a genome

Collectis’ meganucleases allow new genetic information to be added to a genome

In July…at the “Molecular Life of Diatoms” meeting in Paris, France, genome engineering specialists Cellectis announced that they successfully used engineered nucleases to genetically reprogram diatoms with a view to producing biofuels…also in Paris, OriginOil successfully demonstrated their Electro Water Separation system to treat liquid sewage at an urban algae demonstration site in an office building – generating clean, nitrate-rich water to feed algae grown on the building’s roof as an energy source…in New Delhi, India, the Department of Biotechnology and Indian Oil signed an agreement with LanzaTech, of the US, to further develop microalgae technology…the DOE-sponsored NAABB consortium wrapped up their three-year study with the conclusion that algal biofuel could be manufactured at scale for $2.86 per gallon, under an optimized scenario…Haifa, Israel-based Sealantis reported they had begun treating patients with its alga-mimetic vascular sealant, as part of the company’s first clinical study… the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company announced plans to build an algae technical center, to produce biokerosene from algae…following its first industrial-scale algae harvest at its new West Texas algae facility and subsequent omega-3 oil production, Qualitas Health reported that crop yields and product quality were exceeding expectations…research from University of Queensland, Australia, suggested the country could potentially produce five times more oil than they currently consume and become an oil exporter by devoting just one percent of their land to algae farms…the University of Texas, Austin, and Houston-based Organic Fuels Algae Technologies were assigned a patent for a “non-dispersive process for insoluble oil recovery from aqueous slurries”…Sapphire Energy paid off the $54.5 million loan guarantee awarded to the company by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Biorefinery Assistance Program to build an algae-to-crude oil commercial demonstration facility in Columbus, New Mexico…OriginOil, Inc. received its second international patent for its algae harvesting technology from the Japan Patent Office…

Algae research at New Mexico State University

Algae research at New Mexico State University

In AugustVG Energy announced a $200,000 competitive grant from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research BioEnergy Initiatives Program for testing algal oil secretion technology…the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $5 million grant to improve algae-based fuel – compatible with existing refineries – to a multi-institutional team led by New Mexico State UniversitySolarvest, of Prince Edward Island, Canada, relocated to a newly renovated 30,000 sq. ft. facility…researchers from Masdar Institute, in Abu Dhabi, announced they were roaming the open desert with geospatial mapping software, looking for blooms of AAH001, a particularly hardy native strain that could eventually usher in another energy boom for the UAE…Utah State University’s Aggie A-Salt Streamliner topped 73 miles per hour during the dragster’s algae-fueled debut…the National Algae Association announced that a new commercial algae production cultivation system was developed at the NAA Test Center in The Woodlands, Texas…in Bangkok, Thailand, an urban farming effort came to light where spirulina was being grown in barrels on rooftops to provide a sustainable source of protein as an alternative to meat… Algix displayed multi-colored, odor-free, thermoformed algae-plastic at a packing industry trade show…at Murdoch University, in Australia, researchers demonstrated increased conversion efficiency of solar energy by the novel pairing of algae biomass and selective thin film solar panels…researchers in the University of Florida’s Horticultural Sciences Department showed that lipid accumulation in chlorella cells begins just hours after they have been starved of nitrogen…

Next to a commercial nursery and greenhouse operation on the outskirts of Wooster, Ohio, a Nexus greenhouse covers two 30-by-200-foot raceway ponds at Cedar Lane Farms.

Next to a commercial nursery and greenhouse operation on the outskirts of Wooster, Ohio, a Nexus greenhouse covers two 30-by-200-foot raceway ponds at Cedar Lane Farms.

In September…Indianapolis, IN-based Algaeon announced signing a multi-year, multi-million dollar supply agreement with Valensa International, of Eustis, FL, to bring high value “condition specific” nutraceuticals to the marketplace…Bogart, Georgia-based Algix opened its facility in Dallas County, developed to turn catfish-pond algae into biodegradable plastic…Fluid Imaging Technologies celebrated the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Scarborough, Maine…Cargill made a $15 million investment to upgrade and expand its French alginates production plant for the food and pharmaceutical markets…Arizona State University algae researchers made a one-year agreement with Health Enhancement Products for investigation and licensing of algae-derived, high-value bioactive molecules that benefit human and animal health…a new study concluded that algae-derived biofuels can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment as conventional petroleum…Nexus Greenhouse Systems introduced a line of greenhouses designed around the needs of the algae industry…the National Algae Association announced their new online Algae Production Certification Course… the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota – part of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences – expanded into the new, high-tech Norton Center for Blue Biotechnology in East Boothbay, Maine…Solazyme executed a commercial supply agreement with Unilever for the first partnered Solazyme Tailored™ Algal Oil…Valensa International and Contract Biotics, of La Jolla, CA, announced a multi-year contract for the supply of commercial quantities of algae biomass for the production of astaxanthin…

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