Princeton’s algal library explores genes for photosynthesis

Princeton’s algal library explores genes for photosynthesis

A team led by Princeton University researchers has constructed a public algae “library” to help researchers find out what each gene does during photosynthesis. Using the library, the team identified 303 genes associated with photosynthesis, including 21 newly discovered genes with high potential to provide…

Juan Algae: cost effective feed for aquaculture

Juan Algae: cost effective feed for aquaculture

Zen Trinidad writes for the Philippine News Agency that an innovative, locally-developed feed for shrimp, milkfish and other high value fin-fishes is now available in the country. The feed is known as Juan Algae, a microalgae paste developed by the University of the Philippines-Visayas College of…

Fast conversion of algae to biocrude

Fast conversion of algae to biocrude

Biofuel experts have long sought a more economically viable way to turn algae into biocrude oil to power vehicles, ships and even jets. University of Utah researchers believe they have found an answer. They have developed an unusually rapid method to deliver cost-effective algal biocrude in large quantities…

Algae-based alternative to single-use packaging

Algae-based alternative to single-use packaging

Natashah Hitti reports in dezeen.com that Chile-based designer Margarita Talep has created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae. Disappointed by the abundance of non-recyclable materials currently used to contain food products, Ms. Talep…

Magnetized microalgae could be the future of medicine

Magnetized microalgae could be the future of medicine

Jessica D’Lima writes in AdvancedScienceNews.com that medicine is moving towards minimally invasive procedures, which have important patient-oriented benefits such as shorter hospitalization durations and lower risks for infections and complications. In this regard, microrobots have…

Kyanos air-to-food process awarded at Protein Summit

Kyanos air-to-food process awarded at Protein Summit

The first edition of the “Plant-based Protein Innovation Awards” organized by the Village by CA Nord de France, the Caisse Crédit Agricole Nord de France and Bridge2Food, presented the start-up Kyanos Biotechnologies, based in Toulouse, France, the award for the best plant-based innovation. The awards were…

Carbon fibers, made from algae oil

Carbon fibers, made from algae oil

In collaboration with fellow researchers, chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a process that, according to their initial calculations, can facilitate economically removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by producing carbon fibers. Algae convert carbon dioxide from the atmosphere…

ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital urban curtain clears the air

ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital urban curtain clears the air

London-based architectural and urban design firm ecoLogicStudio www.ecologicstudio.com, led by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, has unveiled Photo.Synth.Etica, a large-scale installation, designed for their first collaboration with Climate-KIC, the EU’s most prominent climate…

Using brown seaweed to make sustainable paper cups

Using brown seaweed to make sustainable paper cups

Julianna Photopoulos writes in Horizon EU Research and Innovation magazine that UK start-up Skipping Rocks Lab aims to use natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed to create waste-free alternatives to single-use plastics, such as bottles, cups and plates. In 2013, it introduced its first product, Ooho…

Photosynthetic sutures promote wound healing

Photosynthetic sutures promote wound healing

Héctor Capella Monsonís writes in PhysicWorld.com that sutures are extensively used to close wounds. However, rather than promoting active healing of the wound, they act as a passive element that provokes scar formation. In addition, the disruption of blood vessels decreases the presence…

Harvesting microalgae to de-carbonize future cities

Harvesting microalgae to de-carbonize future cities

In the project Photo.Synth.Etica, which my company ecoLogicStudio has developed for the EIT Climate-KIC annual Climate Innovation Summit, we have introduced a new spatial metric to measure human-induced climate change. Ecologic value, measured here in terms of CO2 emissions…

Microalgae delivering targeted medicines

Microalgae delivering targeted medicines

Nature.com reports that swimming algae have been enlisted to carry drugs to individual cells, raising the prospect that such “microswimmers” could deliver targeted therapies. Miniscule devices propelled by living organisms can “swim” through the body to deliver cargo such as…

Cultivating geothermal with spirulina, in Tuscany

Cultivating geothermal with spirulina, in Tuscany

Alexander Richter reports for Geothermal Energy News that, among the many examples offered during a recent conference in Pisa, Italy, on Perspectives and Impact of the Green Economy is a project that cultivates geothermal energy and spirulina together. This project has so…

Solaga startup commercializing algal biofilms

Solaga startup commercializing algal biofilms

Berlin, Germany-based biotechnology startup Solaga is working on developing the commercial potential of microalgae biofilms. The company is currently involved in two major projects — what they consider sustainable applications of this technology. The first is a frame containing a biofilm that has the purpose of cleaning air…

BiomiTech algae air purifier wins innovation award

BiomiTech algae air purifier wins innovation award

Milenio.com reports that BiomiTech, a Mexican company, won a prestigious innovation award for its air purification system at the Contamination Expo Series 2018 held in Birmingham, England, this past week. BiomiTech bested six other finalists in the innovation category with its Biourban 2.0 system…

Dartmouth scientists making aquafeed more sustainable

Dartmouth scientists making aquafeed more sustainable

Dartmouth scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia. The results are published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE…

New methods to control bacterial factories for biotech

New methods to control bacterial factories for biotech

Miniature “factories” found in bacteria, called bacterial microcompartments, are widespread in nature and do different things depending on the host. For example in cyanobacteria, which harvest energy from the sun, they help to construct high energy compounds. In our own guts, pathogenic bacteria use the factories…

New biofuel cell system uses spirulina

New biofuel cell system uses spirulina

Japan for Sustainability reports that Osaka City University announced on April 25, 2018, that it succeeded in developing a new biofuel cell system with the functions of a solar cell and the ability of carbon dioxide conversion. Utilizing the photosynthesis function of spirulina, this solar-light driven biofuel cell…

French wineries testing algae on mildew, botrytis

French wineries testing algae on mildew, botrytis

Sophie Kevany writes in Decanter.com that a group of vineyards in France’s Bordeaux and Cognac regions are exploring whether algae can be used to prevent the fungal infections mildew and botrytis, both posing significant problems to their grapes due to the region’s warm, damp conditions. While the traditional copper…

Ecoalf sneakers made from algae and ocean plastic

Ecoalf sneakers made from algae and ocean plastic

Trudie Carter writes for dezeen.com that the new footwear collection from Spanish fashion brand Ecoalf is made from recycled plastic and algae found in oceans and rivers. Old plastic bottles sourced from the Mediterranean Sea are used to create each pair of Shao sneakers. This discarded plastic is processed into a yarn…

Overcoming limitations of engineering eukaryotic algae

Overcoming limitations of engineering eukaryotic algae

Have some of the final engineering limitations of microalgae been overcome? Can microalgae be hosts for genetic engineering as powerful as bacteria and yeast? A promising new technique for gene design seems to overcome expression limitations of nuclear transgene expression for practical eukaryotic algal engineering…

Looking for algae growth genes in space

Looking for algae growth genes in space

Amy Thompson writes in Space.com that SpaceX successfully launched its 15th Space Station cargo-resupply mission on Friday, June 29; carrying a payload of experiments designed to better understand how astronauts can have access to fresh foods and grow their own in space. This mission — dubbed VEG-03G…

Algae from Scotch whisky to yield omega-3

Algae from Scotch whisky to yield omega-3

Colin Donald writes for Insider.co.uk that algae produced from the co-products of Scotland’s whisky industry could be used in health products for human consumption, if the winner of a major young entrepreneurial competition is successful. Douglas Martin, whose company MiAlgae was crowned…

Algatech partners with Sphera on microalgae

Algatech partners with Sphera on microalgae

Israeli-based Algatechnologies, Ltd. (Algatech), is teaming up with the Italian R&D company, Sphera Encapsulation S.r.l (Sphera), to develop innovative functional ingredient formats. Based on Sphera’s propriety encapsulation technology, the partnership will focus first on development of new delivery forms…

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