White Cliffs of Algae

White Cliffs of Algae

Researchers outline in a new study the ocean conditions necessary for coccolithophores, a type of algae, to flourish, conditions that likely allowed the White Cliffs of Dover to form nearly 100 million years ago. The new information comes from a great bloom of coccolithophores in the Southern Ocean known as the Great Calcite Belt…

Know Your Cyanobacteria

Know Your Cyanobacteria

Water Research Foundation prepared this video for those wanting to know more about the science behind cyanobacteria, and get a utility perspective on the latest in source water protection, monitoring, detection, and treatment. Experts from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, SUEZ, City of Alliance (OH)…

Crisis and Opportunity

Crisis and Opportunity

Oh Soo-young reports for Arirang News in South Korea that, while algae are damaging local ecosystems, numerous researchers in Korea are turning the crisis into opportunity. The number of patent applications for algae-based technologies has risen to roughly 50 per year – a fifty-fold increase from ten years ago…

Carbon Capture at Pond

Carbon Capture at Pond

Bloomberg’s Michael Bancroft visits the headquarters of Pond Technologies, a startup using algae to convert smokestack pollution into products such as clean biofuel and help companies reduce their carbon footprint…

All About Astaxanthin

All About Astaxanthin

Here’s the first in a series of videos about everything astaxanthin, where interviewer Roslun Nuttley Moore visits Cyanotech, the worlds largest grower of microalgae, and talks with founder, Chief Science Officer, and Interim President/CEO Dr. Gerry Cysewski about how they grow and manufacturer Hawaiian Natural Astaxanthin…

Watch Coral Bleaching

Watch Coral Bleaching

In case you haven’t already seen it, this time lapse video from the Weather Channel shows the symbiotic relationship between algae and coral reefs, and how they are being stressed out by climate change. Scientists at the Queensland University of Technology have captured on video the coral bleaching process…

Wolfson Hands Over Keys

Wolfson Hands Over Keys

TerraVia’s financial results, announced last week for the second quarter of 2016, reflect progress in the company’s transition to food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, offset by the impacts of selling a majority interest in skin care line Algenist to Tengram Capital Partners…

Spain’s Bio Fuel Systems

Spain’s Bio Fuel Systems

Bernard Stroiazzo-Mougin, founder of Spain’s Bio Fuel Systems, along with his staff, explain their company’s six-year development quest to create energy from photosynthetic algae…

ExxonMobil and Biofuels

ExxonMobil and Biofuels

ExxonMobil scientists Vijay Swarup and Kelsey McNeely are still on the case for algal-based biofuels. Here they discuss the challenges and benefits of a technology that could transform how we power cars, planes, and just about anything with an internal combustion engine…

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…

Dr. Mayfield on Biofuels

Dr. Mayfield on Biofuels

Kate Sequeira produced this video interview with UCSD biology professor Stephen Mayfield for the San Diego Union Tribune. Dr. Mayfield has spent the past 25 years experimenting with algae, and now focuses on extracting crude oil from green algae to create biofuel. “When petroleum’s expensive, we invest in alternative fuels…

Treating Algal Blooms

Treating Algal Blooms

Toxins from harmful algal blooms are increasingly contaminating source waters, as well as the drinking water treatment facilities that source waters supply. This video from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows EPA researchers helping the treatment facilities find safe, cost effective ways to remove the toxins…

The Algaevator

The Algaevator

Designers Jie Zhang and Tyler Stevermer teamed up with Selgascano Architects to design the Algaevator, a spiral-shaped pavilion that propagates algae in an attractive visible structure. The designers took on the project to boost awareness of algae’s uses and production. Created as part of the Burglars of Transnatural Transparency…

Cancer Fighting Algae

Cancer Fighting Algae

Michael Aranda describes on SciShow how scientists are fighting cancer…with algae…

Airbus Algae Jet Fuel

Airbus Algae Jet Fuel

Aviation giant Airbus hopes algae can one day help power jets — and help airlines cut their CO2 emissions. They’re working with the Munich Technical University to cultivate the photosynthetic organisms in this lab. The company says the project remains in its infancy. “Algae fuel is still in the state of research, so today we…

Growing Food in Space

Growing Food in Space

Jeremy Wilks at Euronews investigates the MELiSSA pilot plant at UAB Barcelona, where scientists are addressing the issues of producing food to eat and air to breathe while in space. Beginning with air, the pilot plant is running a test system using rats and algae in which the rats breathe oxygen from the algae…

Get Personal With Algae

Get Personal With Algae

Here’s one to forward to someone in your life who is open to including algae in their nutritional regimen but might not know where to begin. From WCIU’s You & Me This Morning segment, Sarah Baker from Balanced Babe shares three different ways to incorporate this nutritional superstar into your daily routine…

Spirulina Nutrition Study

Spirulina Nutrition Study

See how spirulina is being used to treat childhood malnutrition and nursing mothers in Madurai, a major city and cultural headquarters in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Professor Doctor Edwin discusses the improvements in children’s health, including weight, iron level and Vitamin A, with a daily…

The NoMorFilm Project

The NoMorFilm Project

Over 800,000 prosthetic devices – and an even higher number of catheters – are inserted in patients in the European Union every year. Out of these patients, nearly 8% will suffer from a post-implant infection. The bacteria and fungi found in infected prostheses do not respond to conventional antibiotics…

Scotland’s Xanthella

Scotland’s Xanthella

Douglas McKenzie, CEO of Xanthella, shares his observations and enthusiasm to work for an early stage manufacturing company, based in Scotland and operating internationally, that produces photobioreactors for growing microalgae…

Bird Bath Astaxanthin

Bird Bath Astaxanthin

New Zealand-based Supreme Biotech’s CEO Tony Dowd produces astaxanthin products from a unique strain of Haematococcus pluvialis they originally found in a birdbath. Once cultivated the algae is mixed with other ingredients to create the base product, be it a gel tablet, a moisturizer or a skin serum…

Algae for Foods & Feeds

Algae for Foods & Feeds

Olmix Group, located in Brittany, France, shows how they are employing algae as a primary tool to replace pesticides for crops, and antibiotics for farm animals. Their research and findings reflect a new era of agricultural production, requiring increased technical skills, more natural solutions, and fewer pesticides, antibiotics and…

Seaweed Bubble Wrap

Seaweed Bubble Wrap

This year’s Lexus Design competition awarded its top prize to a new material called Agar Plasticity. Hailed as a product to replace plastic bubble wrap, the new material is made mainly from agar. Extracted by first boiling and then dehydrating red algae, agar is extremely lightweight, porous and has a feathery structure.

Mining Wastewater

Mining Wastewater

Biosystems and agricultural engineering professor Nurhan Dunford and her team of researchers at Oklahoma State University have spent much of the past five years developing strains of algae that can be turned into biofuels and feedstocks for food or medicines. Currently the researchers are studying strains…

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