Algae Bio-materials

Algae Bio-materials

Maartje Dros and Eric Klarenbeek harvest algae in Camargue, in the South of France. Researching new values for local wetlands as incubators for locally grown bio-materials, their algae lab project explores the potential of growing micro- and macroalgae locally. These algae are then mixed with biopolymers…

SPHIRA Urban Farming

SPHIRA Urban Farming

SPHIRA is a multi-scalar apparatus that focuses on bringing public attention to the portable cultivation and innovative consumption of spirulina by combining a working photobioreactor with the modern gastronomy process of spherification. This fully automated device, controlled by an interactive…

Space Algae Research

Space Algae Research

NASA scientist and astronauts have been experimenting with algae in space. Two specimens recently spent 16 months on the exterior of the International Space Station and became the first plants to make it through these conditions. The researchers are exploring the genetic basis for…

Boosting Crop Yields

Boosting Crop Yields

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in an innovation that can help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas and cassava…

How Algae Becomes Toxic

How Algae Becomes Toxic

A team led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has uncovered the genetic basis for the production of domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin produced by harmful algal blooms…

Algal Biofuels at U of M

Algal Biofuels at U of M

With $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, University of Michigan researchers aim to make the long-touted promise of algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines into a reality. Their goal: create biofuels that work with existing diesel engines and reduce greenhouse gas emissions…

A New Biofuel System

A New Biofuel System

Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation…

Fighting the Bad Algae

Fighting the Bad Algae

Bill Smith reports in the Fort Myers News-Press that a company that manages private lakes throughout Florida is the next contractor that will try to show how it can get rid of blue-green algae that has made thousands of Lee County residents miserable. SOLitude Lake Management will perform demonstration projects…

A Spirulina Snack Break

A Spirulina Snack Break

Courtesy of Health Magazine, here is an oatmeal breakfast bar recipe featuring spirulina powder, that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this healthy and delicious snack…

Bioluminescent Algae

Bioluminescent Algae

David Finlay filmed this footage of the glow caused by a bioluminescent algae, called Noctiluca scintillans, at Jervis Bay, a 102-square-kilometre oceanic bay and village on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, said to possess the whitest sand in the world…

Seaweed Farming, Bali

Seaweed Farming, Bali

A village in Indonesia is harvesting non-food ocean resources sustainably. …

Cutting the Methane

Cutting the Methane

Seaweed may be the super food dairy cattle need to reduce the amount of methane they burp into the atmosphere. Early results from research at the University of California, Davis, indicate that just a touch of the ocean algae in cattle feed could dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions from California’s 1.8 million dairy cows…

An Algae Removal System

An Algae Removal System

WPBF News, in West Palm Beach, Florida, reports on Wilson McQueen, a Jensen Beach resident who saw the toxic algae on the Treasure Coast in 2016, and knew he had to do something about it. Over the past two years, he has become obsessed with finding solutions and has spent a lot of time and his own money working…

Dealing with Red Tides

Dealing with Red Tides

CNN’s Bill Weir visits the Gulf Coast of Florida where an algae bloom known as a red tide has killed thousands of marine animals. The algae that causes red tides occurs naturally in salt water, but human activity on land can make the situation much worse. Generations of sugar cane farming and processing has altered…

Sheffield Algal Research

Sheffield Algal Research

Jags Pandhal is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. His research involves biological resource recovery utilizing algae from landfill leachate at 300L scale. This project is in cooperation with Viridor, one the of UK’s largest waste management…

Algae to Feed Infants

Algae to Feed Infants

Triton Algae Innovations, a small business funded by the National Science Foundation, uses algae to make a protein that mimics the unique benefits of breast milk. Triton creates the protein additive by modifying edible green algae found in soil. The San Diego-based company says that the protein’s benefits…

How to Mitigate HABs

How to Mitigate HABs

Bethany Jensen is an undergraduate research fellow in USU’s Biological Engineering program, focusing on water resources. She has worked in the Sustainable Waste to Bioproduct Engineering Center for four years and currently serves as a tutor in the College of Engineering Tutoring Center…

Increasing Crop Yield

Increasing Crop Yield

UK researchers have found how algae captures CO2 from the air for use in photosynthesis. Key to its usefulness is an organelle known as the pyrenoid. The discovery could lead to improvement in photosynthetic efficiency and increased crop production…

IEEE Algae Taste Test

IEEE Algae Taste Test

While working on a special report about potential climate-saving technologies, IEEE Spectrum staff decided to grow Spirulina in a five-gallon plastic bucket in a back room of their New York City office over the course of six weeks. Their point was not only to explore algae’s ability to reduce carbon dioxide emissions…

DOE’s Scum Ranchers

DOE’s Scum Ranchers

The Department of Energy is trying to turn the Salton Sea, a lake in the California desert, into a farm for renewable fuels — and clean its infamously polluted water in the process. The Salton Sea Biomass Remediation (SABRE) Project harnesses algae’s ability to grow in hostile conditions. The Sea’s water is polluted…

A diverse mix is best

A diverse mix is best

A diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a federally funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers. U-M scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in…