Learn to build a spirulina microfarm

Learn to build a spirulina microfarm

Apogee Spirulina, in association with Santa Fe Community College is offering a 5-day workshop on DIY Spirulina and Aquaponics, where workshop students will get four days of hands-on Artisan spirulina farming, learning the French cultivation method. Aquaponics will be discussed providing students with real life…

Algae — life after biofuels

Algae — life after biofuels

Monica Jain of Fish 2.0 writes in National Geographic about how the algae brand is about to undergo an image makeover, and may soon seem flat-out glamorous — once again. Algae got a lot of excited press a few years ago as a potential biofuel, but they’re turning out to be a sustainable super-ingredient with…

BETO announces winners of Infographic Challenge

BETO announces winners of Infographic Challenge

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced the winner of the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge. The winning infographic, titled “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae,” was created by two students from Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois. BETO has invited the team to present…

Algae to reduce the use of antibiotics

Algae to reduce the use of antibiotics

The 3rd edition of the “Olmix International Seminar on Animal Health and Nutrition: Algae to Reduce the use of Antibiotics” took place recently in Guangzhou, China. This year’s focus was on the risk of the overuse of antibiotics in animal production and how marine algae technology and its unique active molecules…

ATEC passes first semester

ATEC passes first semester

The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC), a collaboration among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Algae Foundation, universities, community colleges, and industry production companies across the United States, has successfully implemented the first semester of the ATEC curriculum at…

Standardizing Kelp Farming

Standardizing Kelp Farming

Diane Stopyra writes in Salon.com that a growing number of coastal states around the country are undertaking large-scale seaweed farming projects. While farms are underway in Alaska, California and Oregon, New England is leading the country in number of operations; farms have sprung up in Connecticut…

A better way to treat wastewater

A better way to treat wastewater

Suzanne Michaels, writes for the Las Cruces Sun-News that big implications are resulting from what looks like a small algae research project using the City’s wastewater. “This research has global implications for wastewater management in sunbelt regions that are hot and dry,” said New Mexico State University…

AstaReal astaxanthin attains halal certification

AstaReal astaxanthin attains halal certification

The AstaReal Group has announced that it is now offering Japan-made natural astaxanthin ingredients produced by Fuji Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. that are certified by the Japan Muslim Association. This halal certification enables manufacturers to formulate products with the benefits of natural astaxanthin…

3-D printing with Algix’ Alga

3-D printing with Algix’ Alga

Matt Stultz writes in MakeZine.com about Algix’ unique 3-D printing filament created with a combination of algae and Polylactic Acid (PLA) – a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane. This environmentally friendly filament requires less plastic because it’s…

Can sewage and algae solve our energy crisis?

Can sewage and algae solve our energy crisis?

Len Calderone, Contributing Editor of Altenergymag.com, reports that with the growing trends of energy consumption, existing production is unsustainable. If the world maintains existing policies in energy usage and production, global energy demand will rise by 1.5 % per year on average through 2030, while fossil…

Opportunities and risks of seaweed biofuels in aviation

Opportunities and risks of seaweed biofuels in aviation

When it comes to cutting emissions from transport, shipping and aviation are often considered the elephant in the room: having been excluded from the Paris agreement and being inadequately addressed under existing UN conventions and EU legislation. Yet these are the two sectors with the most rapidly increasing…

Seaweed driving product development at Algaia

Seaweed driving product development at Algaia

Gaynor Selby writes in FoodIngredientsFirst that seaweed, with its many varieties, is poised to become the next super green superfood, and is finding new product applications in Western markets due to its wide ranging health benefits. Algaia, with headquarters in Paris, France, recently bolstered its growth in specialty marine…

U of Nantes Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering Master’s degree

U of Nantes Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering Master’s degree

University of Nantes, in the north-western French region of Pays de la Loire, has announced that they will begin offering a Master’s degree program in Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering, beginning next September. The degree will cover theoretical and practical aspects necessary to develop industrial processes…

Algae capture in Chile more profitable than artisanal fishing

Algae capture in Chile more profitable than artisanal fishing

As reported by Fish Information Services, algae capture is now more profitable in Chile than artisanal fishing. Many fishermen are exchanging their nets for wetsuits and returning with their boats loaded with algae. Some brown algae (black huiro, huiro palo and sargazo) are precious in Japan, China and France…

DIC spirulina farms earn certification

DIC spirulina farms earn certification

DIC Corporation has announced that on January 23, 2017, wholly owned subsidiary Hainan DIC Microalgae Co., Ltd. earned Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 — a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). As a result, all of the spirulina cultivated by the DIC Group for use in its spirulina-based products…

UConn addresses emerging seaweed agriculture

UConn addresses emerging seaweed agriculture

Dan Wood, at the University of Connecticut, writes that assistant extension educator of marine aquaculture at UConn’s Avery Point Campus, Anoushka Concepcion, spoke about the recent developments in the vegetable aquaculture industry that has been growing and showing promise in the past few decades…

Argentina’s restocking algae program for artisanal fisheries

Argentina’s restocking algae program for artisanal fisheries

FIS.com reports that a new program called “Restocking, Cultivation and Management of Algae in Artisanal Fisheries” is being developed in the province of Arauco, Argentina, between the Arauco Lagging Area Program and the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca). The three-year…

TomAlgae qualifies for Fish-Free Feed Challenge

TomAlgae qualifies for Fish-Free Feed Challenge

The Fish Site reports an update to the Fish-Free Feed (F3) Challenge, which was launched in November 2015 on the HeroX crowdfunding site. The competition is intended to encourage innovation of alternative ingredients for aquaculture feeds, improve the industry’s sustainability and reduce pressure on wild-caught…

U.S. expert promotes algal farming in India

U.S. expert promotes algal farming in India

“Marine algae have the power to simultaneously fuel vehicles, recycle carbon dioxide, and provide nutrition to animals and humans,” said Ira A. Levine, a tenured Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Southern Maine in the US and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, in an interview with Vinson Kurian…

Olmix focusing on marine sulfated polysaccharides

Olmix focusing on marine sulfated polysaccharides

Over the past 20 years Olmix, in the French province of Brittany, has evolved from a company mainly focused on animal care, to a global group active in the broad fields of plant, animal and human care, with a single global strategy: “One Health, Thanks to Algae.” At the Breizh Algae Tour 2016, held in Amsterdam last week…

GreenWave startup program for ocean farmers

GreenWave startup program for ocean farmers

Forbes is running an interview with Bren Smith, an Ashoka Fellow and the founder of GreenWave, an organization dedicated to restoring oceans, mitigating climate change and creating jobs via ocean farming of sea greens and shellfish. Here are some highlights from that interview: “Part of our mission here at GreenWave is to change people’s perception of seaweeds…

Tasmanian salmon producers switching to natural astaxanthin

Tasmanian salmon producers switching to natural astaxanthin

Rose Donohoe writes in Tasmania’s New Daily that two of the country’s largest salmon producers have announced they will soon use natural pigment supplements in their fish feed, three days after an ABC Four Corners report on the state’s industry discussed the use of a synthetic version to color the flesh…

Canada NRC showcasing algal biorefinery project

Canada NRC showcasing algal biorefinery project

The Edmonton Journal reports that Canada’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project, a collaborative research effort between the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Algal Carbon Conversion (ACC) program, Pond Technologies and Votorantim Cimentos’ St Marys Cement, is revolutionizing how industrial…

Upslope repurposing beer’s CO2 for algae

Upslope repurposing beer’s CO2 for algae

Haley Gray reports for 5280.com that Upslope Brewing Company, in Boulder, Colorado, is one step closer to its goal of becoming a zero-waste brewery. The craft beer maker has partnered with Boom Algae, a Boulder startup that repurposes the CO2 – a byproduct released in the brewing process – as food for algae…

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