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…

DTU researches lighting cities with algae

DTU researches lighting cities with algae

At the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Science Nordic.com reports, researchers are investigating bioluminescent algae, to determine whether bioluminescent organisms could one day light up our cities in a turquoise blue light. There are some clear challenges to solve. The researchers say that they may…

Growing algae from papayas for feed, fuel

Growing algae from papayas for feed, fuel

Tom Callis reports in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that farms in Hawaii could become “zero waste” if a state-funded demonstration project proves viable. The state’s Agribusiness Development Corp. is proposing to build a $1.5 million facility at the Shipman Business Park that would grow algae from leftover produce…

Germany to develop edible food package made of algae

Germany to develop edible food package made of algae

Xinhua.net reports that German academics and industry launched a program recently, aiming to develop a new type of environmental, even edible, food package made of algae. The program, named Mak-Pak, involves University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, Alfred Wegener Institute and fast food chain…

Hydrogen peroxide, a new solution for harmful algal blooms

Hydrogen peroxide, a new solution for harmful algal blooms

A cheap, safe and effective method of dealing with harmful algal blooms is on the verge of being introduced following successful field and lab tests. Moves to adopt use of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as an effective treatment against toxic algae are already underway following the results of new research by a team from…

IKEA imagines the spirulina hotdog bun

IKEA imagines the spirulina hotdog bun

At Ikea’s SPACE 10 research center, the fast food of the future is being reimagined for a tastier tomorrow. Three years ago, the lab introduced the world to Tomorrow’s Meatball  —  a visual rethinking of IKEA’s iconic meatball using alternative ingredients such as insects, algae, and lab-grown meat…

Photosynthetic microalgae as biocatalysts

Photosynthetic microalgae as biocatalysts

In the EU project PhotoBioCat international doctoral students under expert guidance use light as a “fuel” to accelerate enzymatic reactions by means of cyanobacteria. It is hoped that this will make the biocatalytic production of chemicals considerably more sustainable. The recently launched project is coordinated by a team led by…

Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads from algae

Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads from algae

Tens of thousands of pounds of plastic Mardi Gras beads enter the environment every year. After the parades, most of the discarded beads end up in the landfill. Now, a biologist at Louisiana State University (LSU) is developing an innovative way to solve this problem by creating biodegradable Mardi Gras beads…

Assessment of algae via diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

Assessment of algae via diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

Dennis C. J. Kharagpur writes in Research Matters that scientists from Indian Institute of Khragpur (IIT KGP) have developed a novel method to estimate the biomass and pigment concentration of algae, without having to touch or disturb the organism. The new process could help industries, such as the pharmaceutical…

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