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…

The algae-based sustainable surfboard

The algae-based sustainable 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. The surfboard was publicly unveiled and presented to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer…

New Mexico 17-year-old making algae biofuels more efficient

New Mexico 17-year-old making algae biofuels more efficient

Damien Willis writes in the Las Cruces Sun-News about New Mexico high school senior Sophia Sánchez-Maes, who has already racked up more than 90 credit hours at New Mexico State University, discussed her research on the future of algae as a biofuel with President Obama, and won countless prestigious awards…

Getting Algae Fat

Getting Algae Fat

An environmental biotechnology researcher at the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology, Peter Mooij has been studying “the phenomena of algae.” This talk was given at a recent TEDx event held at Delft, where Mooji discussed the importance of algae fatness…

Exploring red algae for economic benefits

Exploring red algae for economic benefits

James Konstantin Galvez writes in the Manila Times that red algae, or lumut, which many people there consider insignificant, offers huge economic benefits as a source of food and components for industrial products, according to a new study by the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UPMSI)…

Rice University, Houston Public Works team on algae study

Rice University, Houston Public Works team on algae study

In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorous…

University of Toledo gets grant for biofuel project

University of Toledo gets grant for biofuel project

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) has announced that the National Science Foundation is awarding a nearly $200,000 grant to the University of Toledo to advance research and develop possible commercial applications of a low-cost product called a “hydrogel” that would make… [Read the full story]

Using algae and bacteria for wastewater treatment

Using algae and bacteria for wastewater treatment

The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) recently awarded Assistant Professor Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst $500,000. The prize was given to pursue…

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…

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