UCSD may launch a flip flop revolution

UCSD may launch a flip flop revolution

UC San Diego students and researchers have produced the world’s first algae-based, renewable flip flops. The first prototypes of their new invention, developed over the summer in a York Hall chemistry laboratory, consist of a flexible, spongy slipper adorned with a Triton logo and a simple strap — fairly basic, as flip flops go…

A closed cycle algae processing mechanism

A closed cycle algae processing mechanism

Audrey Tan writes in Singapore’s Straightstimes.com that, when it comes to putting healthy fish on the dinner table, experts believe vaccination is the way to go. But it is a laborious process. Workers at fish farms have to manually inject young fish with the vaccine one by one in order to protect them against specific diseases…

Microalgal vaccine for farmed fish

Microalgal vaccine for farmed fish

Audrey Tan writes in Singapore’s Straightstimes.com that, when it comes to putting healthy fish on the dinner table, experts believe vaccination is the way to go. But it is a laborious process. Workers at fish farms have to manually inject young fish with the vaccine one by one in order to protect them against specific diseases…

Imperial researcher develops recyclable surfboard

Imperial researcher develops recyclable surfboard

A 3D-printed surfboard that is comparably cheaper to make, more durable and more sustainable than most conventional surfboards has been developed at the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. With seed funding from NASA, Imperial researcher Dr. Nathaniel Petre and his colleagues in the USA…

Farming cyanobacteria — a new source of biofuel?

Farming cyanobacteria — a new source of biofuel?

A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. HelioBioSys is working with cyanobacteria which…

Papaya-powered algae for Hawaiian biodiesel

Papaya-powered algae for Hawaiian biodiesel

In Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Pathologist Lisa Keith is leading an effort to produce biodiesel using the green algae Auxenochlorella protothecoides (formerly Chlorella protothecoides). She’s also using the pulp of discarded papayas – those deemed too blemished, malformed, or damaged…

Surftech and BLOOM collaborate on stand-up paddleboards

Surftech and BLOOM collaborate on stand-up paddleboards

Carlsbad-based Surftech, a stand-up paddle (SUP) and Surfboard manufacturing company has announced its collaboration with BLOOM, a materials development company, to develop deck pad traction on select 2018 models of paddleboards. “Surftech is very conscious about making products with…

A super-algae to save our seas

A super-algae to save our seas

Phys.org reports that coral reefs are our most diverse marine habitat and provide over US$30 billion to the world economy every year, directly supporting over 500 million people. However, they are vulnerable with climate change impact models predicting that most of our coral reefs will be eradicated within this century if we…

Algae-producing architecture at Astana Expo 2017

Algae-producing architecture at Astana Expo 2017

Will Yeates reports in DailyPlanet.com that an urban “algae farm” producing low-carbon protein and bio-fuel is one of the highlights on show this week at the future energy-themed Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan. London-based EcoLogicStudio’s BIO.tech HUT is a three-part pavilion at the biennial world fair event, exploring…

A boat to revolutionize seaweed cultivation

A boat to revolutionize seaweed cultivation

Ship-technology.com reports that researchers and industry in Norway are designing the world’s largest seaweed cultivation vessel to meet growing demand for the multi-functional algae. Global seaweed production more than doubled between 2000 and 2014 to around 28 million tons annually, worth an estimated $6 billion…

Jiao Niandong on developing algal microrobots

Jiao Niandong on developing algal microrobots

South China Morning Post recently published an interview with Jiao Niandong, a professor at the State Key Laboratory of Robotics, Shenyang Institute of Automation, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Shenyang. Dr. Niandong develops microrobots, using green algae as his building blocks…

INTESAL launches online platform to monitor HABs

INTESAL launches online platform to monitor HABs

Fis.com reports that the Salmon Technological Institute (INTESAL) launched the first online platform open to the community, developed to monitor the abundance of total phytoplankton, harmful algae and red tide presence, specifically the species Alexandrium catenella abundance, and chlorophyll concentration…

How the first female photographer pictured algae

How the first female photographer pictured algae

Brigit Katz writes in Smithsonian.com that Photographs of British Algae, a groundbreaking photo book by 19th-century British botanist Anna Atkins, will go on display at the Rijksmuseum on June 17th, as part of a larger exhibit titled “New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century.” The exhibit highlights the…

Bloom, VivoBarefoot develop molded shoe made from algae

Bloom, VivoBarefoot develop molded shoe made from algae

Leading London-based barefoot shoe company VivoBarefoot has announced its partnership with Meridian, Mississippi-based Bloom, which uses algae biomass harvested from freshwater sources around the world to make EVA foams out of a non-fossil fuel for the first time. VivoBarefoot shoes will be the first full…

A better sustainable sanitary pad

A better sustainable sanitary pad

Nearly 20 billion sanitary pads, tampons and applicators are dumped into North American landfills every year, and it takes centuries for them to biodegrade inside plastic bags, according to a 2016 Harvard Business School report. Additionally, it requires high amounts of fossil fuel energy to produce the plastic for these…

Algae-fed coho salmon hits shelves

Algae-fed coho salmon hits shelves

Daniella Balin writes in fishfarmingexpert.com that a new brand of premium coho salmon fed with Alga-Prime DHA – an algae-based ingredient which reduces the need to include fish oil in feed to maintain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids – has been launched by Chilean producer Ventisqueros. A statement from the company…

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…

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