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…

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…

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…

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…

UT scientists design synthetic trees to secrete algal biofuel

UT scientists design synthetic trees to secrete algal biofuel

Dr. Halil Berberoglu, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, is leading a research effort to produce renewable biofuel using solar energy…

UT Studies Energy Benefits of Algae Fuels

UT Studies Energy Benefits of Algae Fuels

A recent study at the University of Texas at Austin demonstrates that it is theoretically possible to produce about 500 times as much energy from algae fuels as is needed to grow the fuels. However, limited by…

UT Awards Professor to Model Algae Fuel

Venkat Raman, a University of Texas at Austin associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, has won a Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Award to develop…

AlgEternal Technologies Teams with UT and Open Algae

Barry Harrell writes in Statesman.com that Austin-based AlgEternal Technologies, LLC has cut the ribbon on its nearly completed “commercial” facility on the University of Texas at Austin’s J.J. Pickle Research…

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Jerry Brand

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Jerry Brand

Dr. Jerry Brand, a PhD biologist and photosynthesis researcher, began his association with the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae in 1987, when he performed an extensive survey of the capacity for hydrogen gas production in UTEX strains…