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…

UCSD may launch a flip flop revolution

UCSD may launch a flip flop revolution

UC San Diego students and researchers have produced the world’s first algae-based, renewable flip flops. The first prototypes of their new invention, developed over the summer in a York Hall chemistry laboratory, consist of a flexible, spongy slipper adorned with a Triton logo and a simple strap — fairly basic, as flip flops go…

Producing high productivity microalgae with flexible composition

Producing high productivity microalgae with flexible composition

I joined Dr. Viamajala’s lab in 2013 working on improving economic and environmental sustainability of algal biodiesel production. My research (funded by DOE and NSF) has focused on addressing the current challenges…

James Cook University and MBD biorefine Ulva

James Cook University and MBD biorefine Ulva

A team of researchers at James Cook University has just published a cascading “biorefinery” approach for the extraction of soluble sulphated polysaccharides — known as ulvans — from the green sea lettuce, Ulva. The technique is simple and robust with a view to commercial production for nutraceutical applications…

Could algae be dairy’s next food source?

Could algae be dairy’s next food source?

Jennifer Coyne, writes in the University of Minnesota’s Dairy Star that assistant professor of renewable energy Robert Gardner and his research team think that algae could be the next ingredient used in dairy rations alongside corn and soybeans. Dr. Gardner presented his preliminary research findings during the…

Learn to build a spirulina microfarm

Learn to build a spirulina microfarm

Apogee Spirulina, in association with Santa Fe Community College is offering a 5-day workshop on DIY Spirulina and Aquaponics, where workshop students will get four days of hands-on Artisan spirulina farming, learning the French cultivation method. Aquaponics will be discussed providing students with real life…

$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…

MSU–PHYCO2 research moves to phase 4

MSU–PHYCO2 research moves to phase 4

Michigan State University and California-based PHYCO2, a company that focuses on algae growth and CO2 sequestration, are now using wastewater from breweries to produce algae as part of their ongoing partnership to generate clean energy sources. The production employs PHYCO2’s carbon dioxide-capturing technology…

Iowa State’s Revolving Algal Biofilm treatment system

Iowa State’s Revolving Algal Biofilm treatment system

Researchers at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, are developing technology, using algae, that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation. The system uses vertical conveyor belts, about six feet tall and three feet wide, which revolve in a continual loop, cycling through the wastewater and air as multiple…

Molecular “Velcro” boosts microalgae’s potential

Molecular “Velcro” boosts microalgae’s potential

Michigan State University scientists have engineered what they describe as “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting the microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research, they claim. The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic Biology, show how MSU researchers…

Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis

Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis

Phys.org reports that scientists from the University of Southampton have reengineered the fundamental process of photosynthesis to power useful chemical reactions that could be used to produce biofuels, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Photosynthesis in plants and algae consists of two reactions…

Israeli algal research team turns up the hydrogen

Israeli algal research team turns up the hydrogen

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich writes in the Jerusalem Post that Dr. Iftach Yacoby and his research team at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, have genetically altered microalgae to increase its efficiency of producing hydrogen to five times its natural ability. “Hydrogen is an energy source with huge advantages,” says Dr. Yacoby…

“Porous Substrate Bioreactor” developed at U. of Cologne

“Porous Substrate Bioreactor” developed at U. of Cologne

Gaynor Selby writes in foodingredientsfirst.com that a team of scientists and researchers at the University of Cologne believe they have made a breakthrough that could lead to cultivating algae on a commercial scale in a much cheaper way than is currently possible. Head of botany and algae specialist professor…

An alga-rithm to save the coral

An alga-rithm to save the coral

Northwestern University researchers have developed a quantitative tool that might help bring back coral from the brink of extinction. The novel algorithm could help assess and predict the future of coral bleaching events by better understanding the coral’s symbiotic partner: algae. “Coral is not an independent organism…

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…

Algae compound testing well as cancer fighter

Algae compound testing well as cancer fighter

Coibamide A, a compound produced by a unique community of blue-green algae, has potent anti-cancer activity in mice and cell cultures that model brain tumors and triple negative breast cancer, two of the most aggressive and difficult-to-treat types of cancer, according to a new study…

Native Alberta algae to detox tailings ponds

Native Alberta algae to detox tailings ponds

Erin Guiltenane reports that a research project underway at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, aims to clean up oil sands tailings ponds by using native algae already found in them to do the job. Oil sands mining produces pools of wastewater that are difficult…

Developing algae to target wastewater contaminants

Developing algae to target wastewater contaminants

Sean Myers reports that University of Calgary researchers have found a way to program algae with bacterial genes to target unwanted chemicals and pharmaceuticals that end up in wastewater. Lee Jackson, scientific director of the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) research facility…

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…

UT professor using “tiny greenhouses” to research algae

UT professor using “tiny greenhouses” to research algae

Professor David Sinton of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has been awarded a 2015 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The award will support Sinton’s research into optimizing the growth…

New spirulina and cancer study

New spirulina and cancer study

Alex Strauss writes in Surviving Mesothelioma about a new study on spirulina’s effects on five major types of cancer. Spirulina — a cyanobacterium, or blue-green algae, that is cultivated as a dietary supplement and as a whole food — is rich in plant proteins and contains other vitamins and minerals…

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large “antenna.” This antenna helps them capture light energy in an efficient way, while also providing protection against damage to the photosynthesis mechanism of the…

Coal dust + algae = Coalgae

Coal dust + algae = Coalgae

Heather Dugmore writes for BDlive that a new fuel, Coalgae – produced from a combination of waste coal dust and algae – could save South Africa up to 40% of its crude oil imports. Professor Ben Zeelie and his team at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) combined coal dust with algae to form…

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Chen Wei-han of the Taipei Times reports that a National Taiwan University (NTU) research team has announced the formulation of a synthetic nanoparticle that is able to extract oil from algae and turn it into biodiesel. The team, led by NTU chemistry professor Chia-wen Wu, synthesized a magnetic nanoparticle for…

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