New spirulina and cancer study

New spirulina and cancer study

Alex Strauss writes in Surviving Mesothelioma about a new study on spirulina’s effects on five major types of cancer. Spirulina — a cyanobacterium, or blue-green algae, that is cultivated as a dietary supplement and as a whole food — is rich in plant proteins and contains other vitamins and minerals…

Drexel University cleaning wastewater with algae

Drexel University cleaning wastewater with algae

A blob of algae scooped from a fountain on South Street, in Philadelphia, PA almost two years ago has seeded a crop of the green stuff that Drexel University researchers claim is more effective at treating wastewater than many of the processes employed in municipal facilities today…

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large “antenna.” This antenna helps them capture light energy in an efficient way, while also providing protection against damage to the photosynthesis mechanism of the…

Coal dust + algae = Coalgae

Coal dust + algae = Coalgae

Heather Dugmore writes for BDlive that a new fuel, Coalgae – produced from a combination of waste coal dust and algae – could save South Africa up to 40% of its crude oil imports. Professor Ben Zeelie and his team at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) combined coal dust with algae to form…

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Chen Wei-han of the Taipei Times reports that a National Taiwan University (NTU) research team has announced the formulation of a synthetic nanoparticle that is able to extract oil from algae and turn it into biodiesel. The team, led by NTU chemistry professor Chia-wen Wu, synthesized a magnetic nanoparticle for…

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Arizona State University (ASU) a three-year, $1 million grant to fund the Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Capture and Membrane Delivery project aimed at enabling more large-scale cultivation of microalgae. ASU engineer Dr. Bruce Rittmann and physicist Dr. Klaus Lackner…

AlgaeTec cultivation center opens in Munich

AlgaeTec cultivation center opens in Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built a one-of-a-kind technical facility for algae cultivation at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Ottobrunn, to the south of Munich, Germany, in cooperation with Airbus Group. Efficient processes for producing biokerosene and chemical products from algae will be developed there…

Recycling harmful algae blooms into battery electrodes

Recycling harmful algae blooms into battery electrodes

Lisa Zyga writes for techxplore.com that a few researchers – during last year’s disastrous algae bloom that shut down Toledo’s water system — collected some of the toxic Harmful Algae Bloom (HABs), and have now shown that, by heating them at temperatures of 700-1000 °C in argon gas, the HABs can be converted into…

Beefing up beef with algal omega-3

Beefing up beef with algal omega-3

Roxana Hegeman writes for the Associated Press that researchers at Kansas State University, inspired by the notion that eating more omega-3 fatty acids could decrease their risk of heart disease, are exploring whether the steaks and hamburgers from cattle fattened on algae can pass on those healthy fats…

Algal ancestors of land plants were predestined

Algal ancestors of land plants were predestined

When the algal ancestor of modern land plants made the transition from aquatic environments to an inhospitable shore 450 million years ago, it changed the world by dramatically altering climate and setting the stage for the vast array of terrestrial life. The genetic and developmental innovations plants used to make…

Algal biofuel production center launched in India

Algal biofuel production center launched in India

TheHindu.com reports that the Department of Microbiology of Bharathidasan University (BU), in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, has set up a permanent Microalgal Mass Cultivation Centre for production of cyanobacterial and microalgal biomass that could be converted into biofuel. The Centre was set up at a cost…

Creating edible algae for space travel

Creating edible algae for space travel

Robert Evatt writes in TulsaWorld.com about a vast array of extremely complex technical hurdles in flying astronauts all the way to Mars, not the least of which being “what will the astronauts eat?” Parameswar Harikumar, an associate professor at the University of Tulsa’s (TU) Department of Physics and Engineering…

ExxonMobil partners with MSU for algal research

ExxonMobil partners with MSU for algal research

A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research in the fundamental science to advance algae-based fuels. Dr. David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics at the MSU-DOE Plant and Research Laboratory…

Students and GE Algae

Students and GE Algae

Four student researchers from Sheridan Community College, in Sheridan, Wyoming, explain the process they will go through in the lab to genetically modify algal cells for increased lipid production…

Multi-purpose tool developed for cyanobacteria

Multi-purpose tool developed for cyanobacteria

Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular super protein tool that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria making, they say, biofuels and other green chemical production from these organisms more viable. In the current issue of Plant Cell, they describe how they fabricated a synthetic protein…

MSU/PHYCO2 form algae tech collaboration

MSU/PHYCO2 form algae tech collaboration

Michigan State University (MSU) and PHYCO2, an algae growth and CO2 sequestration company based in Santa Maria, CA, have entered into a partnership to develop algae technologies produced from PHYCO2’s patented concept that promotes algae growth and captures carbon dioxide from power plant emissions…

Algae and $$$

Algae and $$$

In Germany, DW Science Magazine’s Ingolf Baur interviews Dr. Martin Ecke, from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, who says, “Algae could be one of the answers to solve a lot of our problems — in the case of energy as well as feeding mankind…” but it’s about the money…

Algae Bandage for Lungs

Algae Bandage for Lungs

Joel Banner Baird at the Burlington Free Press interviews a team of researchers at the University of Vermont researching a new technique to repair a punctured lung. The challenge is not unlike patching a rubber ball that is constantly being inflated and deflated. What they’ve cooked up shares the characteristics of…

EnAlgae nearing completion of Algal Innovation Centre

EnAlgae nearing completion of Algal Innovation Centre

EnAlgae has announced that colleagues from Cambridge University, in the UK, are nearing completion on their new Algal Innovation Centre, with construction on the project expected to be complete sometime in October 2015. According to the developers the Algal Innovation Centre will address the requirement…

Making plastics and omega-3 in space

Making plastics and omega-3 in space

John Wenz reports in Popular Mechanics that Dr. Mark Blenner, a research group leader at Clemson University, is developing a smart way for future deep space explorers to recycle their bodily waste into nutritional supplements to keep them alive and even create useful building materials to keep the ship up and running…

Duke-led consortium creating algal food and fuel

Duke-led consortium creating algal food and fuel

Kati Moore writes in Duke Environment that Dr. Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a consortium to study…

Bigelow, Ole Miss pact on algal research, commercialization

Bigelow, Ole Miss pact on algal research, commercialization

Bigelow Laboratory, of East Boothbay, Maine, and the University of Mississippi have formed a five-year Strategic Inter-Institutional Partnership Agreement for collaborative research and commercialization initiatives. The collaboration is making progress on identifying new compounds with anti-microbial…

Sugar Kelp to Ethanol

Sugar Kelp to Ethanol

A mechanical engineering student at the University of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia is researching the efficacy of using sugar kelp as a source of biofuel. Shaw TV’s Paul Beilstein does the interview…

U. of Stuttgart working on algal nutrition for space flights

U. of Stuttgart working on algal nutrition for space flights

Institute for Space Systems (IRS) researchers at the University of Stuttgart, in Germany, are developing systems to ensure nourishment and oxygen during space missions that may last for years. Jens Bretschneider and his colleagues are coming step by step closer to the optimum space diet…

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