SGI/Exxon’s Advancement

SGI/Exxon’s Advancement

San Diego-based Synthetic Genomics and oil giant Exxon Mobil announced earlier this week that they have created a genetically modified strain of algae that takes a step closer to making renewable, carbon-neutral fuel grown in algae ponds a reality…

MIRACLES of Algae

MIRACLES of Algae

EuroNews met with the scientists working on a European research project fittingly named “MIRACLES” – Multi-product Integrated bioRefinery of Algae: from Carbon dioxide and Light Energy to high-value Specialties. An industry-driven R&D and innovation project, MIRACLES is aimed at developing integrated, multiple-product…

360º NREL Algae Lab Tour

360º NREL Algae Lab Tour

Explore the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s algae lab as researcher Nick Sweeney takes you on a 360-degree tour of the algal biofuels research facility. Discover how NREL is growing algae to learn how it can be used as a renewable source of food, fuels, and other products…

In Memory of Dr. Milt

In Memory of Dr. Milt

The algae industry lost a giant this past month – Arizona State University’s lead researcher, Dr. Milton Sommerfeld. A veteran of the industry-spawning Aquatic Species Program, Dr. Sommerfeld until most recently was a Professor in the Department of Applied Biological Sciences and Co-director of the…

Motorcycle on Algae Oil

Motorcycle on Algae Oil

Crop Biotech Update passes along that Peter Mooij, a scientist from Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, has developed a method to grow algae in salt water for oil production. Mooij’s friend, Ritsert Mans, then designed a motorcycle to be powered by the biofuel. The two friends said that the fact that algae oil could…

The Tiny Organism

The Tiny Organism

And now, here’s a very well-produced ExxonMobile commercial about the potential of algae biofuels…

UCSD’s GE Algae Test

UCSD’s GE Algae Test

Scientists at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetically engineered algae. In a series of experiments funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the researchers tested…

DSM and Evonik Omega-3

DSM and Evonik Omega-3

DSM and Evonik have established a joint venture for omega-3 fatty acid products from natural marine algae for animal nutrition. This will enable the production of omega-3 fatty acids for animal nutrition, beginning with salmon, without using fish oil from wild caught fish, a finite resource…

Euglena Jet Fuel

Euglena Jet Fuel

Innovation Japan takes a look at the work being done with the microalga euglena to yield diesel and jet fuel in the near future, in their series on solutions to various challenges that the world faces….

A Natural Sunscreen

A Natural Sunscreen

The UV-blocking properties of microalgae could offer an abundant natural sunscreen alternative that is just as effective say British researchers. According to Carole Llewellyn, Associate Professor of Applied Aquatic Bioscience at Swansea University, “These tiny, microscopic algae that are living in the sea…

Plankton 101

Plankton 101

Shawn McCall takes us on a field trip to collect some plankton, and better understand this important component of the marine ecosystem as well as provider of the oxygen we breathe. This video is a great starting point for the whole family to learn about the role plankton play in our oceans and lives…

Algae Oil Tasting

Algae Oil Tasting

The Doctors, an Emmy award-winning daytime talk show hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton, urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman and family medicine physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross, weigh in on the latest cooking oil trend, algae oil…

Astaxanthin Anti-aging

Astaxanthin Anti-aging

Honolulu, Hawaii-based Cardax, Inc. and the University of Hawaii have announced that Cardax’s proprietary astaxanthin compound, CDX-085, demonstrated an almost 90% increase in FOXO3 gene, the so-called “longevity gene,” expression in mice (p=0.024). This research was conducted by UH scientists…

Astaxanthin Production

Astaxanthin Production

Take a tour of Iceland’s Algalif astaxanthin production facility with rigorous quality and sustainability standards, and hear from their staff about the benefits of this powerful antioxident with applications for skin health, anti-aging, muscle endurance/recovery, cardiovascular health and more….

Canned Solar Energy

Canned Solar Energy

Silvia Fluch, biologist and Chief Operating Officer at ecoduna produktions GmbH’s large-scale algae cultivation facility in Austria, provides a TEDx talk calling attention to the cooperative role that algae has performed throughout history with the sun as the primary vehicle to store and transfer solar energy for many valuable and…

AlgaeBioGas Project

AlgaeBioGas Project

KOTO and AlgEn Algal Technology Center, in Slovenia, started the AlgaeBioGas project in 2013. The project is focused to market the introduction of algal-bacterial treatment of biogas digestate and feedstock production, an innovative technology which has significant economic and environmental…

Carbon Negative Biofuel

Carbon Negative Biofuel

Team Aljadix, from Basel, Switzerland, is one of 27 teams moving forward into Round 2 of the competition for the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. This competition challenges the world to reimagine what we can do with CO2 emissions by incentivizing and accelerating the development of…

New Algae.Tec Plant

New Algae.Tec Plant

Algae.Tec announced the start-up this week of its nutraceutical plant in Cumming, near Atlanta, Georgia. The plant has been substantially upgraded following a $1million investment in June of 2016 by Gencor, in order to increase product flexibility, expand plant capacity and focus on multiple high quality products…

Diatom Dynamics

Diatom Dynamics

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), lake ecologist Jasmine Saros and her team from the University of Maine gathered samples of diatoms from the lake waters of southwestern Greenland to study how climate change is affecting this Arctic ecosystem…

TAPP Algae Growth Medium

TAPP Algae Growth Medium

Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York, has developed a new medium to culture and harvest microalgae. Mr. Estime’s medium, Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic or TAPP, can transition from solution to a gel through relatively…

Algae to Filter Water

Algae to Filter Water

A senior at Tucson, Arizona’s Immaculate Heart High School, Amanda Minke’s goal is to find ways to create clean lead-free water for small rural communities around the world. For the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition she developed a device which removes lead-contamination in water by utilizing algae…

Bellevue Algal Research

Bellevue Algal Research

At Bellevue University, in Bellevue, Nebraska, Dr. John Kyndt and his student researchers, Suchita Shrestha and Adam Rawson, discuss their experiments using corn stover and algae to develop biofuel…

SGI-ExxonMobile ’17

SGI-ExxonMobile ’17

Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), the La Jolla, California, synthetic biology startup, and ExxonMobil continue to believe the dream of turning algae into a ubiquitous, affordable and low-emission transportation fuel can become a reality. The two companies announced this week that they are renewing their…

Artificial Skin Research

Artificial Skin Research

Artificial skin, used to treat burn victims and help new skin grow, has been around for decades. But it takes weeks for new blood vessels to grow on the collagen base. Until those new blood vessels can carry oxygen into the new growth site, the skin can’t “breathe” so the area is vulnerable to infection. Voice of America’s…

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