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…

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…

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]

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…

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