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…

UD researcher works Delaware algal strain

UD researcher works Delaware algal strain

At the University of Delaware (UD), associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to grow algae on power plant smokestack emissions to neutralize their nitric oxide and carbon dioxide, and create sustainable algae-based biofuels. “What if we could capture or redirect these emissions for a usable purpose…

Ira Levine awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair

Ira Levine awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair

Only hours after University of Southern Maine awarded Professor Ira Levine a year-long sabbatical, the U.S. Department of State awarded him with the biggest prize of his career. And suddenly, his year away got a whole lot busier. The aquaculture expert’s previously planned work… [Read the full story]

Drexel University cleaning wastewater with algae

Drexel University cleaning wastewater with algae

A blob of algae scooped from a fountain on South Street, in Philadelphia, PA almost two years ago has seeded a crop of the green stuff that Drexel University researchers claim is more effective at treating wastewater than many of the processes employed in municipal facilities today…

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…

Duke-led consortium creating algal food and fuel

Duke-led consortium creating algal food and fuel

Kati Moore writes in Duke Environment that Dr. Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a consortium to study…

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…

Professor awarded grant for algal bioenergy LCA

Professor awarded grant for algal bioenergy LCA

In Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University’s Yongli Zhang, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a 2015-16 University Research Grant for her work on the sustainable development of renewable bioenergy. The funds will directly support her ongoing research project…

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…

EPA: Think CCU for CO2

EPA: Think CCU for CO2

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) released the following statement calling on the EPA to include Carbon Capture and Utilization strategies in rules proposed June 2, 2014, that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants…

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…

WERF awards UMass professor for algae research

WERF awards UMass professor for algae research

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has announced that University of Massachusetts Amherst Associate Professor Dr. Chul Park has been awarded the 2013 Paul L. Busch Award…

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…

U of Delaware’s pollution-fighting algae

U of Delaware’s pollution-fighting algae

New research at the University of Delaware has identified a hardy algae species showing promise in both reducing power plant pollution and making biofuel. The microscopic algae…

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…

Johns Hopkins algae students test wastewater capabilities

A Johns Hopkins University student team is working with a starter grant of $15,000 from the EPA to see if algae can consume nutrients from wastewater and produce clean bio-fuels…

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…

$900K Grant to Cornell for New Bioreactors

A Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build a new type of bioreactor that efficiently delivers light and collects fuel produced by algae inside the reactor…

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…

U. of D. Explores H. akashiwo Algae for Treating Smokestack Emissions

U. of D. Explores H. akashiwo Algae for Treating Smokestack Emissions

University of Delaware researchers are studying whether the algal species Heterosigma akashiwo can neutralize harmful smokestack emissions – and also serve as a source of eco-friendly biofuel…

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…

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