Advancing from lab to industrial algae production

Advancing from lab to industrial algae production

Computer Science and Engineering Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Vineet Bafna was on the roster of experts who spoke at Green Revolution 2.0. The symposium, March 12-13 in the Qualcomm Institute, was organized by the California Center for Algal Biology and the Center for Food…

In search of clean water for Jordan

In search of clean water for Jordan

As one of the most water-poor countries in the world, Jordan’s current water resources are significantly below the global water scarcity line. Annual rainfall falls under 50mm in 95% of the country and nearly all the groundwater sources are being seriously overexploited. Experts are warning that the country…

Phenometrics releases Algal Command v. 2.0 for PBR101

Phenometrics releases Algal Command v. 2.0 for PBR101

Lansing, Michigan-based Phenometrics, Inc., maker of the PBR101 photo-bioreactor for optimization of biomass or products derived from algae, has announced the release of the next generation of their User Interface, Algal Command v. 2.0. New features include greater experimental options and controls…

Solarvest to produce therapeutic proteins

Solarvest to produce therapeutic proteins

Montague, Prince Edward Island-based Solarvest has announced that it has used its algal-based production platform to express bioactive therapeutic proteins. The proof of concept study required Solarvest’s Algal Platform to produce Bone Morphogenetic Protein(s) (BMP) and was completed using experts…

ATP3 Workshop

ATP3 Workshop

The Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) serves as a learning environment for research and commercialization of algae-based biofuels and other biomass co-products. ATP3 is funded through a $15 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The partnership is led by the Arizona Center for Algae…

Cambridge to build Algal Innovation Centre

Cambridge to build Algal Innovation Centre

Cambridge University, in Cambridge, England, has approved plans to build a new £490,000 ($513,196 US) Algal Innovation Centre facility at their Botanic Garden, which will house experiments looking to exploit the potential of algae as a new hi-tech biofuel. “This is work led by a colleague in the Department…

3D printing with algae

3D printing with algae

In an article in the latest issue of Engineering in Life Sciences, Lisa-Marie Rauschendorfer writes about a rarely discussed application of microalgae. As they are sensitive to a range of contaminants, they also can be used as biosensors. The harvesting of cells for such applications from suspensions traditionally…

Algae and Corn Stover

Algae and Corn Stover

Dr. John Kyndt and his student researchers, Suchita Shrestha and Adam Rawson, at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, discuss their experiments using corn stover as a low cost sugar source for growing high biomass algae heterotrophically in the lab for biofuel…

Algal malaria vaccine advances

Algal malaria vaccine advances

Using a malaria parasite protein produced from algae, paired with an immune-boosting cocktail suitable for use in humans, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine generated antibodies in mice that nearly eliminated mosquito infection by the malaria parasite. The method, published Feb. 17…

Producing two biofuels from Isochrysis algae

Producing two biofuels from Isochrysis algae

Researchers Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the microalgae Isochrysis to synthesize both biodiesel and jet fuel, in parallel. The new study was…

Algae react to stress hormone

Algae react to stress hormone

Land-based plants — including the fruits and vegetables in your kitchen — produce and respond to hormones in order to survive. Scientists once believed that hormone-signaling machinery only existed in these relatively complex plants. But new research from the University of Maryland shows that some…

Researching diatoms as insulation material

Researching diatoms as insulation material

Dr. Mufit Akinc, a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, are working to develop next-generation insulation materials for freezers, refrigerated trucks, buildings and other heating and cooling applications…

Algae in Belgium, Pt. 2: Thomas More’s PBR

Algae in Belgium, Pt. 2: Thomas More’s PBR

On September 25, 2014, a photobioreactor for the cultivation of algae was officially unveiled during a seminar at Thomas More University College in Mechelen, Belgium. Under SUNBUILT, a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment project, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and…

Algal discovery aids cancer research

Algal discovery aids cancer research

A team of Michigan State University algae researchers have discovered a cellular “snooze button” that has the potential to improve biofuel production and offer insight into the early stages of cancer. The discovery that the protein CHT7 is a likely repressor…

Boone County Algae

Boone County Algae

About half of the electricity produced in the United States comes from coal fire power plants like the Duke Energy East Bend Station in Boone County, Kentucky. Unlike almost all of the others, this plant is trapping…

UNH Algae Research

UNH Algae Research

University of New Hampshire students Kristen Mello ’14 and Amber Litterer ’16 spent 10 weeks at the Shoals Marine Lab, on Appledore Island, investigating the underwater habitat and architecture among the Isles of Shoals…

Red algae fermentation for ethanol

Red algae fermentation for ethanol

Business Korea reports that a Korean research team headed by Choi In-gul, a professor at the Department of Biotechnology at Korea University, has successfully defined the fermentation process of red algae and found a clue to making ethanol…

Racing on Algal Fuel

Racing on Algal Fuel

Utah State University researcher Michael Morgan took his lab work to “World of Speed,” at the Bonneville Speedway, near Wendover, Utah, to show how an algae & safflower biodiesel blend in a small diesel…

Feedstock to Tailpipe

Feedstock to Tailpipe

The University of Kansas’ “Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative” is a research project to demonstrate how community wastewater operations can add a large-scale algae-growing facility that will not only return cleaner air and water back…

USU races cars on algae/safflower biofuel blend

USU races cars on algae/safflower biofuel blend

Michael Anderson reports for Deseret News that Utah State University (USU) researchers used the Bonneville Salt Flats Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, to show how well a car fueled with 20 percent biofuel made of algae…

OSU researchers combine diatoms and nanoparticles

OSU researchers combine diatoms and nanoparticles

Oregon State University researchers are combining diatoms, a type of single-celled photosynthetic algae, with nanoparticles to create a sensor capable of detecting miniscule amounts of protein…

Growing microalgae in a building’s walls

Growing microalgae in a building’s walls

Helen Tunnicliffe writes in tcetoday.com about Jeremy Pruvost and his team at the University of Nantes, in France, exploring means of growing algae in vertical panels on the facades of buildings. The researchers…

Lipid accumulation advancement in Japan

Lipid accumulation advancement in Japan

Two scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have enhanced the lipid accumulation function in nutrient-starved algae, maintaining the cell growth through photosynthesis. Masako Iwai, Core Research for…

Algae Energy Farm developing cattle feed

Algae Energy Farm developing cattle feed

The University of Queensland has established an Algae Energy Farm to cultivate and harvest microalgae for a range of uses, including as a feed supplement for beef cattle. Established by UQ’s School…

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