Algenuity launches MERIT project for pharmaceutical development

Algenuity launches MERIT project for pharmaceutical development

Algae technology development and licensing company, Algenuity, based in Stewartby, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, has launched the MicroalgaE as Renewable Innovative green cell facTories (MERIT) project, a three-year ERA…

First Grads for ATEC college program

First Grads for ATEC college program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) has announced its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These first ATEC graduates received their…

Could algae replace grain in animal feed?

Could algae replace grain in animal feed?

Today’s agricultural feed cultivation for cattle, pigs and chicken comes with tremendous impacts for the environment and climate. Cultivating feed in industrial facilities instead of on croplands might help to alleviate the critical implications in the agricultural food supply chain. Protein-rich microbes, produced…

“AmazonSmile” program to support student algal research

“AmazonSmile” program to support student algal research

The Algae Foundation has launched an initiative with AmazonSmile to support the Foundation’s K-12 STEM project, The Algae Academy, and reach more students through this algae outreach program. AmazonSmile is an Amazon service that allows a buyer to donate a portion of their purchase to a charity/non-profit…

IDEA’s value chain of algae production

IDEA’s value chain of algae production

The aim of IDEA, a new project in the European Interreg North-West Europe programme, with partners in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Ireland, is to optimize the algae value chain, from local production to storage and handling, in such a way that it becomes a viable, economically relevant industry…

Algae Biotechnology Seminar in San Diego

Algae Biotechnology Seminar in San Diego

For those fortunate enough to live in the San Diego area, Cleantech San Diego will be hosting a free algae biotechnology seminar on Reversing Climate Change on Friday, April 13. Organized by the California Center for Algae Biotechnology, the seminar will feature Dr. Mark Huntley, from the University of Hawaii…

Yucatan entrepreneurs create seaweed fertilizer

Yucatan entrepreneurs create seaweed fertilizer

theyucatantimes.com is running a story about a group of young entrepreneurs in Yucatan, Mexico, that have consolidated a project that converts the algae accumulated on the beaches into 100% organic fertilizer for agro-industrial and domestic use. Salgax Biotecnología Marina Aplicada has created a…

Workshop: Apogee’s French cultivation method for spirulina

Workshop: Apogee’s French cultivation method for spirulina

Apogee Spirulina, in association with Santa Fe Community College will be offering a four-day workshop on the French cultivation method for spirulina. The comprehensive, one-of-its-kind, course will include three days of hands-on Artisan Spirulina farming. The Spirulina portion of the course will be taught…

Algatech tracks Israel’s booming food-tech industry

Algatech tracks Israel’s booming food-tech industry

“The Israeli food-tech industry has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent years and is taking a leading role worldwide with a broad range of innovative companies and institutions that provide solutions for the changing demands of the global food industry,” says Israel Export Institute food-tech manager Sahar Yazdanpour…

LIFE ALGAECAN project to cultivate algae, treat waste

LIFE ALGAECAN project to cultivate algae, treat waste

Huercasa, a leading company in the production of processed vegetable products at European level, is participating in the LIFE ALGAECAN Project, which is funded by the European Union through LIFE, a financial instrument used by the Union to provide support to environmental projects…

Boliden grows algae to reduce emissions

Boliden grows algae to reduce emissions

The “Microalgae cultivation for treatment of process emissions from the metals industry” project, which is being financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, started recently and will run for two years at Boliden Bergsöe, where, among other things, lead from lead batteries is recycled. “We need metals for a wide variety of…

Algae-based wastewater treatment in South Africa

Algae-based wastewater treatment in South Africa

Globally, an increase in water pollution is pushing scientists and environmental care specialists to seek best ways of preserving and maintaining sources of safe drinking water. In South Africa, areas such as the greater Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo are experiencing huge water quality and sanitation challenges…

AQUASUS project treating wastewater from fish farms

AQUASUS project treating wastewater from fish farms

Daniel Farrell writes in xcoastmonkey about an innovative new project led by University College Cork (UCC), in Ireland, that will use duckweed and algae to treat wastewater from fish farms. The project AQUASUS has just received €230,000 in funding under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), administered…

Consortium launches online algae intro course

Consortium launches online algae intro course

A new online course in algae basics has just been made available by Coursera for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of algae. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Algae, was produced at the University of San Diego and is being taught by Drs. Steve Mayfield of UCSD and Ira “Ike” Levine…

Swansea takes lead in ALG-AD sustainability project

Swansea takes lead in ALG-AD sustainability project

Scientists at Swansea University are taking the lead on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project developing new technology to clean up waste. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution whereby excess waste nutrients produced from anaerobic digestion of food and farm waste are used…

Lipid-extracted microalgal biomass waste for biogas

Lipid-extracted microalgal biomass waste for biogas

Microalgae contain substantial amounts of lipids (2–46%), carbohydrates (8–64%) including cellulose and starch, proteins (6–71%), fats and many other valuable compounds. The current obstacle for microalgal biodiesel development lies in its economics, because until now there has been no commercial…

Algae fighting wastewater pathogens in New Mexico

Algae fighting wastewater pathogens in New Mexico

Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels report for KRWG that, over the past decade, New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Engineering Professor Nagamany Nirmalakhandan (known as Dr. Khandan) has been investigating how algae removes contaminants from wastewater. The specific microalgae used by Dr. Khandan…

2017 — It was a seaweed year for algae

2017 — It was a seaweed year for algae

Of all of the directions that the algae industry has pivoted to in recent years, 2017 will likely go down as the year that seaweed finally received major attention. As the year began we passed along a story about a Korean research team at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, South Korea that has developed the technology…

Chinese scientists using algae to fight pollution

Chinese scientists using algae to fight pollution

China Daily Editor Zhang Shiyu writes that Wang Qiang, the lead scientist behind a project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Hydrobiology, said a new strain of microalgae they are developing has recently entered a test phase for cleaning emissions produced by the refineries of Sinopec, China’s largest oil…

Algae melting Greenland ice sheet

Algae melting Greenland ice sheet

New research shows that algae growing on the Greenland ice sheet, the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet, significantly reduce the surface reflectivity of the ice sheet’s bare ice area and contribute more to its melting than dust or black carbon. The new findings, presented by the American Geophysical Union…

TomAlgae eyeing US oyster market

TomAlgae eyeing US oyster market

Rob Fletcher writes for thefishsite.com that TomAlgae, the feed firm specializing in the production of freeze-dried algae to be used as feed in shrimp and oyster hatcheries, is looking to crack the North American oyster market. The US produces 140,000 tons of oysters a year, making it the world’s third largest…

Better milk from algae-fed dairy cows

Better milk from algae-fed dairy cows

Andrew Forgrave, Rural Affairs Editor for dailypost.com.uk, writes about Caernarfon (Wales) scientist Bethan Till, who has been feeding micro-algae to dairy cows to develop “super healthy” dairy products. The PhD student hopes her findings will revolutionize dairy consumption as, she notes, the improved products…

Algae Foundation gears up coursework

Algae Foundation gears up coursework

At the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City Algae Foundation President Ira Levine shared this year’s advancements in algal-based education for K-14 and beyond. The past year has been an eventful year for the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC), which is chartered to design, build…

ASC and MSC release joint seaweed standard

ASC and MSC release joint seaweed standard

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have announced the launch of the ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard. The joint standard marks a first for the two certification programs, bringing together expertise in sustainable fishing and responsible aquaculture. Building on each…

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