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…

Artificial cartilage grown using alginate

Artificial cartilage grown using alginate

Labnews.co.uk writes about a team of engineers using a 3D printer and bioink — a material made from living cells — to produce artificial cartilage. It is suitable for large-scale bioprinting, as it is unicellular and contains no blood vessels. The artificial cartilage produced is very similar to cow cartilage. “Our goal is to create…

“Porous Substrate Bioreactor” developed at U. of Cologne

“Porous Substrate Bioreactor” developed at U. of Cologne

Gaynor Selby writes in foodingredientsfirst.com that a team of scientists and researchers at the University of Cologne believe they have made a breakthrough that could lead to cultivating algae on a commercial scale in a much cheaper way than is currently possible. Head of botany and algae specialist professor…

Volkswagen shows algae biogas-powered vehicle

Volkswagen shows algae biogas-powered vehicle

Bioenergy-news.com reports that Volkswagen showcased its algae biogas-powered vehicle at a biogas project based in El Torno Chiclana, a town in south-west Spain. The test vehicle was unveiled at a presentation for the “All-gas biogas project,” run by Aqualia, a water management subsidiary of FCC Group…

Algae buildings coming to Australia?

Algae buildings coming to Australia?

A multi-disciplinary team bringing together science, sustainable building design and architecture may soon develop the first living algae buildings in Australia. Their unique collaboration has seen a comprehensive feasibility study conducted on behalf of the City of Sydney, with plans to create the first flat facade algae panel this year…

Envisioning a car-free, algae-powered city

Envisioning a car-free, algae-powered city

Adele Peters writes in fastcoexist.com about a tiny piece of land between Croatia and Serbia — a disputed territory that doesn’t clearly belong to either country — where a group of libertarians is hoping to build a micronation dubbed the Free Republic of Liberland — a country they self-proclaimed into existence in 2015…

Radical Option novel shows how humans and algae might unite

Radical Option novel shows how humans and algae might unite

What if humans could make the energy they need from sunlight, air and water — like algae, plants and trees? What if humans could perform…photosynthesis? The algae-powered adventure novel Radical Option dives deep into how modifying human DNA could give humanity the edge it needs to combat the climate crisis…

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