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]

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

UDRI develops outdoor algae growing system

UDRI develops outdoor algae growing system

A new, outdoor system at the University of Dayton Research Institute has been producing a high volume of algae since its installation in the summer of 2013, even through this especially harsh Ohio winter…

Lab-on-a-chip accelerates algal biofuel development

Lab-on-a-chip accelerates algal biofuel development

Significant improvements are still required to make algal biofuel commercially viable, such as developing better microalgal strains showing faster growth and higher oil production.
 To that end, a team led by Arum Han…

Alaskan seaweed may treat diabetes and obesity

Alaskan seaweed may treat diabetes and obesity

Yereth Rosen reports in the Anchorage Daily News that scientists at North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute have found extremely high levels of “bioactive phytochemicals” in edible…

Valicor and U-M collaborate on research and employment

Valicor and U-M collaborate on research and employment

The collaboration in the last several years between Valicor Inc. and the University of Michigan College of Engineering illustrates how innovative programs can keep recent graduates working harmoniously…

MSU researching high alkaline algae

MSU researching high alkaline algae

Montana State University professor Robin Gerlach coordinates research into the production of oil-producing algae, as well as studies the feasibility of commercial-scale biofuel production based on microbes discovered in Yellowstone National…

Ohio U student building algae harvesting robotics

Ohio U student building algae harvesting robotics

Under the guidance of Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, David Bayless, and Professor Bob Williams, in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology – who are developing technology…

OriginOil’s Algae Screen verified by St. Cloud U.

OriginOil’s Algae Screen verified by St. Cloud U.

OriginOil Inc. has announced that academic testing at St. Cloud State University has verified its new Algae Screen™ growth optimizer effectively controls bacteria and microscopic predators in commercial…

UWO research fueling start-up algae venture

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh microbiologist Toivo Kallas, along with research assistant Mathew Nelson, presented their latest findings at the sixth annual Wisconsin Science…

UM researchers to test multi-strain algae cultivation

UM researchers to test multi-strain algae cultivation

A team of University of Michigan (U-M) researchers has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to identify and test naturally diverse groups of green algae that can be grown together to create a high-yield…

UT, Organic Fuels assigned oil recovery patent

The University of Texas, Austin, and Houston-based Organic Fuels Algae Technologies have been assigned a patent developed by Peter B. Kipp, Frank Seibert, and Rhykka Connelly, for a “non-dispersive…

Lone Star students get algae pond on campus

YourHoustonNews.com reports that Lone Star College-Montgomery, in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands has received a donation of $27,000 to build an open pond on campus to allow students…

ATP3’s Next Workshop

ATP3’s Next Workshop

The Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) will open its doors to the algae community from Aug. 19 to Aug. 23 for a hands-on interactive algae workshop on Algal Culture Management and Strain Selection on the University of Texas at Austin’s campus…

ISU producing made-to-order algae

ISU producing made-to-order algae

A new algae production facility at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, makes use of an innovative design containing a novel biofilm-based cultivation system designed by Martin Gross, a graduate assistant in agricultural and biosystems engineering…

FAPC algae project ranks No. 1 for OCAST funding

FAPC algae project ranks No. 1 for OCAST funding

An algae research proposal from Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) was ranked No. 1 of 28 plant-related research projects, resulting in $100,000…

PlanktOMICS spins out of University of Wyoming

PlanktOMICS spins out of University of Wyoming

PlanktOMICS Algae Bioservices has finalized a spin-out agreement with the University of Wyoming (UW) in a deal that will allow the company to further its goal to be an innovative leader in providing…

Researchers examining fertilizers for algae biofuels

Researchers examining fertilizers for algae biofuels

One of the major roadblocks to mass-producing algae for biofuels, observes researchers at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, is the need for fertilizer…

Blue-green algae being engineered for nanocellulose

Blue-green algae being engineered for nanocellulose

Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar and Kombucha tea are being engineered by University of Texas at Austin scientists into blue-green algae to produce the “wonder material” nanocellulose…

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