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…

VITO’s Algae Research

VITO’s Algae Research

VITO is a leading Belgium-based independent research and technology organization in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, and a pioneer regarding research into algae. They focus on the harvesting, medium reuse and downstream processing. VITO and Thomas More Kempen, the largest university college…

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…

Plant light sensors evolved from algae

Plant light sensors evolved from algae

The light-sensing molecules that tell plants whether to germinate, when to flower and which direction to grow were inherited millions of years ago from ancient algae, finds a new study from Duke University. The findings are some of the strongest evidence yet refuting the prevailing idea that the ancestors of early plants…

Tastes Like Bacon?

Tastes Like Bacon?

The folks at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center have been cooking up food innovations with seaweed. They’re using a red alga called dulse that grows wild on shores of the north Atlantic and Pacific coasts. As a sea “vegetable,” dulse has been used for centuries in the local foods of Ireland…

Polar Algae Cultivation

Polar Algae Cultivation

Looking to beat the heat? Here’s a refreshing video for a hot summer’s day. Researchers at Cambridge University’s microalgae pilot plant are exploring polar algae to see how they can cope with the winter conditions in northwest Europe. They are hoping to improve yields during the months…

UT wins $50K for algal bio-chemistry research

UT wins $50K for algal bio-chemistry research

The University of Toledo (UT) will receive $50,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research into commercial development of an innovative method developed at UT to source specific chemicals from algae. The lipids extracted from algae through this method could be used…

NMSU, Las Cruces Utilities partner on biofuel project

NMSU, Las Cruces Utilities partner on biofuel project

Suzanne Michaels and Isabel Walters report for the Las Cruces Sun-News that New Mexico State University professors have joined with Las Cruces Utilities on a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy using algae to clean wastewater and produce biofuels…

A new “fingerprinting” identification tool for algae

A new “fingerprinting” identification tool for algae

Scientists at Newcastle University and the Scottish Association for Marine Science have developed a new identification tool for algae, which could have a major impact on how algae are categorized in the future. In the same way that people can be recognized by their fingerprints, the algae’s proteome is now being used as…

JCU algae researchers win top award

JCU algae researchers win top award

The Centre for Macroalgal Resources & Biotechnology (MACRO) at James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, Australia, has won this year’s United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) World Environment Day Award for its groundbreaking research into using algae… [Read the full story]

Marine bacteria boost growth of diatoms

Marine bacteria boost growth of diatoms

University of Washington oceanographers have found that diatoms — the intricately patterned single-celled algae that exist throughout the world’s oceans — grow faster in the presence of bacteria that release a growth hormone known to benefit land plants. The study, published online May 27 in Nature, uses genetic and…

ABU study considers commercializing algae in Lebanon

ABU study considers commercializing algae in Lebanon

Ned Whalley reports for Lebanon’s Daily Star that scientists from the American University of Beirut (AUB) have released the results of a three-year study on the potential commercial uses of Lebanon’s coastal microalgae, citing possible applications in medicine, agriculture, nutrition, and as a renewable…

Algae cleaning wastewater in India

Algae cleaning wastewater in India

SciDev.Net’s South Asia desk reports that Indian scientists working on producing biofuel from algae cultured in municipal wastewater are enthused by the findings of a recent study conducted at the biotechnology department of Rice University, in Houston, Texas, demonstrating that strains of algae were capable…

UCSD’s Algae Surfboard

UCSD’s Algae Surfboard

UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems have resulted in a partnership with the region’s surfing industry to create the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard…

Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels Webinar

Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels Webinar

A new forum has been created at Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ, to examine the future of transportation fuels. As the fuel industry continues to see peaks and valleys in market prices and availability, it is the time for researchers, consumers and leaders to come together and discuss the critical issues…

Understanding dinoflagellate bioluminescence

Understanding dinoflagellate bioluminescence

Algae “red tide” events often create dazzling nighttime light shows of blue-green bioluminescence resulting from the force generated by breaking waves. While many mysteries remain on how such red tide blooms emerge, marine biologists are now making progress in decoding the mechanisms that trigger bioluminescence…

Cirque du Algae

Cirque du Algae

Researchers at Cambridge University have captured the first 3D video of a living algal embryo turning itself inside out, from a sphere to a mushroom shape and back again. The results could help unravel the mechanical processes at work during a similar process in animals, which has been called the “most important…

Professor awarded grant for algal bioenergy LCA

Professor awarded grant for algal bioenergy LCA

In Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University’s Yongli Zhang, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a 2015-16 University Research Grant for her work on the sustainable development of renewable bioenergy. The funds will directly support her ongoing research project…

Treating pig waste with algae

Treating pig waste with algae

Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the effluent from piggeries can be effectively treated with micro- and macroalgae so that species of the organism can be safely fed back to pigs. The Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) has invested $300,000 with the…

Young students share algae research at ASU

Young students share algae research at ASU

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) opened to the public recently to provide an overview of how algae are and can be used for a variety of products, from fuel to food. In addition to AzCATI displays and demonstrations related to algae-based or derived products, several local students…

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