Cyanobacteria Bioplastic

Cyanobacteria Bioplastic

At Michigan State University Taylor Weiss, a former post-doc in the Ducat lab, along with his associates, have published a study in the journal Metabolic Engineering proposing a new production method for bioplastic — powered by sunlight and cyanobacteria — that could significantly cut costs…

Producing high productivity microalgae with flexible composition

Producing high productivity microalgae with flexible composition

I joined Dr. Viamajala’s lab in 2013 working on improving economic and environmental sustainability of algal biodiesel production. My research (funded by DOE and NSF) has focused on addressing the current challenges…

Could algae be dairy’s next food source?

Could algae be dairy’s next food source?

Jennifer Coyne, writes in the University of Minnesota’s Dairy Star that assistant professor of renewable energy Robert Gardner and his research team think that algae could be the next ingredient used in dairy rations alongside corn and soybeans. Dr. Gardner presented his preliminary research findings during the…

Learn to build a spirulina microfarm

Learn to build a spirulina microfarm

Apogee Spirulina, in association with Santa Fe Community College is offering a 5-day workshop on DIY Spirulina and Aquaponics, where workshop students will get four days of hands-on Artisan spirulina farming, learning the French cultivation method. Aquaponics will be discussed providing students with real life…

Lone Star students research algae for immune health

Lone Star students research algae for immune health

At Lone Star College-Montgomery, in Conroe, Texas, five professors and one student have been awarded grants from LSC-Montgomery’s newly formed Undergraduate Research Institute (URI). The primary goal of the URI is to empower students to take an active role in developing and defining their…

MSU–PHYCO2 research moves to phase 4

MSU–PHYCO2 research moves to phase 4

Michigan State University and California-based PHYCO2, a company that focuses on algae growth and CO2 sequestration, are now using wastewater from breweries to produce algae as part of their ongoing partnership to generate clean energy sources. The production employs PHYCO2’s carbon dioxide-capturing technology…

Iowa State’s Revolving Algal Biofilm treatment system

Iowa State’s Revolving Algal Biofilm treatment system

Researchers at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, are developing technology, using algae, that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation. The system uses vertical conveyor belts, about six feet tall and three feet wide, which revolve in a continual loop, cycling through the wastewater and air as multiple…

Bellevue Algal Research

Bellevue Algal Research

At Bellevue University, in Bellevue, Nebraska, Dr. John Kyndt and his student researchers, Suchita Shrestha and Adam Rawson, discuss their experiments using corn stover and algae to develop biofuel…

Molecular “Velcro” boosts microalgae’s potential

Molecular “Velcro” boosts microalgae’s potential

Michigan State University scientists have engineered what they describe as “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting the microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research, they claim. The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic Biology, show how MSU researchers…

Mosquito-killing Algae

Mosquito-killing Algae

KEYE-TV reports on researchers at the University of Texas developing a natural way to stop virus-transmitting mosquitoes from breeding, using biologically engineered algae to kill their larvae. The algae can live in ponds without harming other wildlife — but it will stop the mosquitoes carrying Zika and West Nile in their tracks…

An alga-rithm to save the coral

An alga-rithm to save the coral

Northwestern University researchers have developed a quantitative tool that might help bring back coral from the brink of extinction. The novel algorithm could help assess and predict the future of coral bleaching events by better understanding the coral’s symbiotic partner: algae. “Coral is not an independent organism…

PHYCO<sub>2</sub> and MSU pass Phase 1 in algae research project

PHYCO2 and MSU pass Phase 1 in algae research project

The research partnership between PHYCO2, an emerging algae growth and carbon dioxide sequestration company, and Michigan State University (MSU) has announced test results in Phase I of their multi-year trial to capture manmade carbon dioxide and create renewable alternative energy feedstock…

Mining Wastewater

Mining Wastewater

Biosystems and agricultural engineering professor Nurhan Dunford and her team of researchers at Oklahoma State University have spent much of the past five years developing strains of algae that can be turned into biofuels and feedstocks for food or medicines. Currently the researchers are studying strains…

Zika Virus Algae Plan

Zika Virus Algae Plan

NBC television in Austin, Texas, reports that researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are combining algae with mosquito-killing bacteria to fight mosquitoes and the Zika Virus they carry. When the larvae eat the modified algae, it kills them within 24 to 48 hours. “This was something we were interested…

Craft breweries bet on algae technology

Craft breweries bet on algae technology

John Wiegand writes for MiBiz.com that, as the craft brewing industry matures, many West Michigan producers have started seeking out technology that provides sustainable solutions to common issues. Brewers’ lean manufacturing experience has positioned them to be more willing to invest in energy…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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