Making a clean, green sunscreen

Making a clean, green sunscreen

Yousong Ding, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Florida, writes in The Conversation that, in his laboratory in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida, they are interested in combing the world for naturally occurring chemicals that have applications in health, agriculture and environment…

UNE lands $1.3M grant for seaweed production

UNE lands $1.3M grant for seaweed production

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). DOE awardees are part of a new program called “Macroalgae Research Inspiring…

$1.2 Million to UK CAER to support algae-CO2 project

$1.2 Million to UK CAER to support algae-CO2 project

The University of Kentucky (UK) Center for Applied Energy Research’s (CAER) Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group has received a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant for their novel work in utilizing carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants to develop bioplastics…

A breakthrough in fish-free aquaculture feed?

A breakthrough in fish-free aquaculture feed?

Scientists at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia, the second most farmed fish in the world and the most widely farmed in the United States. The findings, which appear in the open-access journal PLOS ONE…

University of Florida scientists identify algal lipid agent

University of Florida scientists identify algal lipid agent

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) researchers may have found a key to converting algae to fuel. The scientists have found what researchers call a “transcription factor,” called ROC40. Bala Rathinasabapathi, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences, likened a transcription factor’s role…

Making plastics and omega-3 in space

Making plastics and omega-3 in space

John Wenz reports in Popular Mechanics that Dr. Mark Blenner, a research group leader at Clemson University, is developing a smart way for future deep space explorers to recycle their bodily waste into nutritional supplements to keep them alive and even create useful building materials to keep the ship up and running…

Plant light sensors evolved from algae

Plant light sensors evolved from algae

The light-sensing molecules that tell plants whether to germinate, when to flower and which direction to grow were inherited millions of years ago from ancient algae, finds a new study from Duke University. The findings are some of the strongest evidence yet refuting the prevailing idea that the ancestors of early plants…

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…

Algae react to stress hormone

Algae react to stress hormone

Land-based plants — including the fruits and vegetables in your kitchen — produce and respond to hormones in order to survive. Scientists once believed that hormone-signaling machinery only existed in these relatively complex plants. But new research from the University of Maryland shows that some…

Duke Energy and U of K advancing carbon capture technology

Duke Energy and U of K advancing carbon capture technology

Duke Energy has been hosting a project at their East Bend Power Plant in Kentucky to demonstrate an algae-based system for CO2 mitigation from coal-fired power plants. Project participants include the…

Algal genes may boost efficiency, yield in crops

Algal genes may boost efficiency, yield in crops

As humanity faces more mouths to feed thanks to a swelling global population, new research has taken a step toward employing genes from blue-green algae to improve staple crop photosynthesis — a potential…

Study finds algal cells create fat more quickly than thought

Study finds algal cells create fat more quickly than thought

Dr. Bala Rathinasabapathi, a professor in the University of Florida’s horticultural sciences department, and graduate research assistant Elton Goncalves, have been researching how nitrogen starvation…

Algae fertilizer in development by ODU and NP

Algae fertilizer in development by ODU and NP

Nutrients PLUS (NP), a company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Old Dominion University (ODU), in Norfolk, Virginia, have applied for a patent on recent discoveries they’ve made related to the use…

UGA Researchers Find Algal Key to Deadly Pathogens

UGA Researchers Find Algal Key to Deadly Pathogens

Long ago, when life on Earth was in its infancy, a group of small single-celled algae propelled themselves through the vast prehistoric ocean by beating whip like tails called flagella…

Algix Developing Algal-based Plastics

Algix Developing Algal-based Plastics

Algix, LLC is a bioplastics company developing novel thermoplastic formulations and resins using feedstocks from renewable sources. The Algix Bio-resins derive up to 70% of their feedstock from aquatic biomass obtained from nitrogen and…

Cornell Researchers Explore Algae-based Animal Feed

Cornell University animal science professor Xingen Lei’s lab is testing marine algae as a new protein-rich source of feed to supplement and replace some of the corn and soybean meal mix traditionally given…