Algae bioreactor on Space Station could make oxygen, food for astronauts

Algae bioreactor on Space Station could make oxygen, food for astronauts

Samantha Mathewson reports in Space.com that astronauts on the International Space Station will begin testing an innovative algae-powered bioreactor to assess its feasibility for future long-duration space missions.The algae-powered bioreactor…

Tentree’s got a brand new bag

Tentree’s got a brand new bag

Suzie Dundas writes for Forbes.com that Vancouver-based Tentree International, Inc. makes their Mobius line of backpacks, totes and travel bags out of recycled products. However, the foam for their bags, which provides padding for laptops and shoulder cushioning, among other purposes…

Startup turning wastewater algae into specialty chemicals

Startup turning wastewater algae into specialty chemicals

Algae from wastewater treatment facilities is typically disposed of in a landfill, which can be costly and environmentally challenging. “There is a better way to repurpose this algae,” says Kelvin Okamoto, founder and chief executive officer of Gen3Bio — a startup commercializing a new technology…

Algae-derived solar fuel

Algae-derived solar fuel

Susan Kraemer writes in solarpaces.org that to use solar thermal energy to convert farmed algae to fuel, the solar fuels research team at Australian National University (ANU), led by John Pye together with Mahesh Venkataraman, proposed a new process, detailed in their paper Modelling of a 50 MWth…

Algae could prevent limb amputation

Algae could prevent limb amputation

Pranjal Mehar writes in techexplorist.com that a new algae-based treatment could prevent limb amputation for patients with Critical Limb Ischemia. Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) is a severe obstruction of the arteries which markedly reduces blood flow to the extremities (hands, feet and legs) and has…

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…

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