Genome sequence of B. braunii announced

Genome sequence of B. braunii announced

The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist…

Algal residue — an alternative carbon resource

Algal residue — an alternative carbon resource

Many microalgae strains have received attention in biomass production due to their high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in the form of starch. Oil derived from algae has recently been adopted for use in jet fuels and biodiesel…

Algae-based aquafeed firms promote fish-free feeds

Algae-based aquafeed firms promote fish-free feeds

Cliff White writes in SeafoodSource.com that, at this year’s recent Seafood Expo North America, leaders from both the aquaculture and aquafeed industries spoke compellingly about the future of aquaculture being fish-free feeds. Historically, aquafeeds have been composed of fishmeal, primarily derived from forage fish…

Needed: a protein revolution from novel sources

Needed: a protein revolution from novel sources

Dejan Miladinovic writes in allaboutfeed.net that in recent years, the price hike for feed raw materials, in global and national markets, has resulted in an increased number of malnourished and hungry people. Even though the awareness of the general public and policy-makers has been increased, the fragility of…

Algae in bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Algae in bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Diane Hellekson writes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that it’s been three years since Alison Hiltner first got serious about algae. But last week she said the relationship felt like it’s been going on forever. “I wake up in the morning and calculate how many gallons of algae I need to move,” she recounted…

Smart microalgae at the Danish IP fair

Smart microalgae at the Danish IP fair

On May 9 Yumiko Sakuragi from the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre will participate in the Danish IP fair in Industriens Hus, Copenhagen. Dr. Sakuragi will present her invention on how smart microalgae can enhance bioethanol production from plants. The idea feeds in to the global challenge of depleting fossil resources…

Lake restoration using microalgal technology

Lake restoration using microalgal technology

Ponds, lakes and other waster bodies are getting polluted through discharges from agricultural run-off, sewage discharge, industrial effluents etc. Due to excessive loading of chemicals and nutrients (eutrophication) sudden blooming of hazardous algae – mostly blue green algae – occurs, eliminating other species of algae…

Cellana and Living Ink to commercialize algal inks

Cellana and Living Ink to commercialize algal inks

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii-based Cellana, Inc., a leading developer of algae-based products for sustainable nutrition and energy applications, and Living Ink Technologies of Denver, Colorado, have signed a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of inks containing Cellana’s renewable…

She illustrates with an algae palate

She illustrates with an algae palate

DJ Pangburn writes for The Creators Project that algae – as an illustration medium – first struck artist and illustrator Katherine Rutter, who creates fantastically surreal drawings, while visiting her family in Arkansas one late summer. Hot and humid, Ms. Rutter and family members went down to a nearby creek to cool off…

Alltech’s Coppens unveils aquatic feed products

Alltech’s Coppens unveils aquatic feed products

Coppens International, an Alltech company and international aquatic feed solutions provider based in Helmond, Netherlands, has introduced several new algae products containing Alltech technologies to the Coppens International aquatic product range. These products were developed to provide customers…

PNNL seeking the perfect algae for renewable energy

PNNL seeking the perfect algae for renewable energy

Discovering which algae species is best suited to make biofuel is no small task. Researchers have tried to evaluate algae in test tubes, but often find lab results don’t always mirror what happens when grown in outdoor ponds. A new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system…

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…

French seaweed startup rethinks bioplastics

French seaweed startup rethinks bioplastics

Nicolas Sainte-Foie writes for Labiotech.eu about French startup Algopack manufacturing bio-based plastics made from brown algae. Founded by Rémy Lucas in 2010 and managed by David Coti, Algopack hopes to make inroads into the “more virtuous” office supplies market with algal-based plastics…

Generating resources from urban wastewater

Generating resources from urban wastewater

Urbanization, climate change and pollution, among other phenomena stemming from human activity, pose a threat to water resources. Until now, urban wastewater, of which there is the greatest amount, is in the best of cases treated and then discharged into the environment. It is also sometimes used for irrigation…

Are algae façades in Australia’s future?

Are algae façades in Australia’s future?

Nathan Johnson writes in Architecture and Design about the Sustainable Built Environment 2016: International High-Performance Built Environment Conference – that gathered academics, researchers and other AEC professionals at Sydney’s Maritime Museum over two days recently to discuss, brainstorm and ultimately…

SabrTech’s RiverBox algal biomass platform

SabrTech’s RiverBox algal biomass platform

Halifax, Nova Scotia’s clean-tech company SabrTech describes its main product, The RiverBox, as “the world’s first modular, scalable and rapidly deployable biofilm platform for the production of algal biomass,” writes Peter Moreira, in thechronicleherald.ca. The system of growing trays — fit into a shipping…

Altered intracellular signaling increases algal oil yields

Altered intracellular signaling increases algal oil yields

James Umen, Ph.D., associate member at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and colleagues have discovered a way to make algae better oil producers without sacrificing growth. The findings were published September 6, in a paper titled, “Synergism between inositol polyphosphates and TOR kinase signaling…

Algae dominates Biodesign Competition

Algae dominates Biodesign Competition

Jill Fehrenbacher writes in inhabitat.com that when it comes to design, Mother Nature has a lot to teach us. The field of Biodesign has emerged as an exciting new discipline that integrates the best ideas from nature with the cutting edge of modern technology, fostering technological breakthroughs that could allow us…

Spirulina — from space to Congo

Spirulina — from space to Congo

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti ate the first food containing spirulina in space. Ms. Cristoforetti is the seventh ESA astronaut and the first female ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space. Preparing for long missions far from Earth, astronauts will need to harvest their own food…

New Genome Editing Platform for Oleaginous Microalgae

New Genome Editing Platform for Oleaginous Microalgae

In a new study published in the Plant Journal, PhD student WANG Qintao, Dr. LU Yandu and their teammates from the Single Cell Center at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of Chinese Academy of Sciences established a novel genome editing platform for the industrial oleaginous…

Meet the Ring Garden: desalination and algae bioreactor

Meet the Ring Garden: desalination and algae bioreactor

Tafline Laylin writes for Inhabitat.com about the elegant solution that Romanian designer Alexandru Predonu has conceived that uses solar energy to power a rotating desalination plant and farm that not only produces clean drinking water for the city of Santa Monica, but also food crops – including algae…

Algae adds traction for new surfboards

Algae adds traction for new surfboards

Alexander Haro, Senior Editor for Inertia, reports that Slater Designs and Firewire Surfboards are collaborating with BLOOM Foam to make “arguably the most environmentally-friendly traction pad on the market today.” In general, Mr. Haro says, “Surfing is a bit of an environmental disaster, involving toxic surfboards…

Demand booming in China for algal EPA-fortified eggs

Demand booming in China for algal EPA-fortified eggs

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) fortified eggs are developing quite a demand among middle and upper-class consumers in China. With clinical trials demonstrating that EPA can improve blood circulation and reduce the formation of blood clots, among many other positive attributes, retailors in major cities including Beijing…

Seaweed as a wood finish

Seaweed as a wood finish

Benedict O’Donnell writes in the EU Research and Innovation magazine, Horizon, about research being developed on seaweed as a biological, environmentally friendly, sustainable, alternative to oil-based varnish for wood preservation. The NEXT1KOAT project, which was coordinated by Francisco Melero from the…

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