Bangladesh looking for algae developers

Bangladesh looking for algae developers

Bangladesh will have 200 million inhabitants by 2050, which will lead to national challenges in terms of food and energy supply, as well as overall sustainability. Bangladesh has been ranked a lower-middle income country for its improved economic performance…

Senegalese move from fishing to sea farming

Senegalese move from fishing to sea farming

Jori Lewis writes that in Senegal’s capital city, Dakar, the age-old profession of fishing is giving way to catching a specific kind of red seaweed, Meristotheca senegalensis, that flourishes in Ngor’s Bay and during a certain time of year washes up on the sand. But what washes up is just a portion of…

Alaska shellfish growers learn seaweed farming

Alaska shellfish growers learn seaweed farming

SitNews, of Ketchikan, Alaska, reports that with edible kelp driving a $5 billion industry worldwide, Alaska’s shellfish farmers are exploring seaweed as the next step in their small industry. About 40 farmers learned about kelp growing methods, markets, biology, and state programs to expand mariculture during a workshop…

Immersive algae education programs growing in popularity

Immersive algae education programs growing in popularity

Students of algal research, including it’s various applications and business models, have increasing opportunities to get quickly up to speed in many aspects of the rapidly developing, somewhat confounding, algae industry. New educational opportunities are more and more allowing students a deep dive option…

Australia’s Pilbara moving from iron ore to algae?

Australia’s Pilbara moving from iron ore to algae?

James Regan reports for Reuters that, despite Aurora Algae’s retreat in 2014 from the area, aqua farms growing super foods could soon materialize in the rust-red dust of the Australian outback, alongside wheat fields, haystacks and cattle herds, as tumbling iron prices drive the minerals-rich Pilbara…

Picatinny Arsenal uses algae to recycle propellant

Picatinny Arsenal uses algae to recycle propellant

The Picatinny Arsenal is an American military research and manufacturing facility located on 6,400 acres of land in New Jersey. It is the headquarters of the United States Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, and the Army’s center of expertise for small arms cartridge ammunition…

Replacing rice farming with algaculture

Replacing rice farming with algaculture

A growing number of villages along the Bengal coastline have been plagued by coastal erosion, repeated cyclones and floods — thanks to climate change. As much as 200 meters of coastline have been disappearing annually, according to a 2013 Zoological Society of London study. This has spelled disaster for rice farming…

Algae Systems upgrades direct potable reuse

Algae Systems upgrades direct potable reuse

A new wastewater treatment that uses algae technology to clean sewage, in what its backers are calling a “twist” on direct potable reuse (DPR). The idea won an Honorable Mention in Dry Futures, an ideas competition focused on solutions for the California drought. Designer Prentiss Darden paired up with the wastewater…

Help “reset” the algae industry

Help “reset” the algae industry

Yes, push that red reset button to get the algae industry back on track, by nominating players who are making a real and positive contribution in the world of algae. Over this past decade, the Algae Industry has been dominated by big money chasing the mirage of commercial algae biofuels. My March 2011 post “Shakeout in…

NCMA develops cull policy for algal strains

NCMA develops cull policy for algal strains

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) has developed a cull policy to help reduce strain redundancy in their current collection, develop better cost efficiency, and allow room for more diverse and scientifically interesting strains to be accessed. The broad actions of the cull…

Israeli startup harnesses algae to treat wastewater

Israeli startup harnesses algae to treat wastewater

Only 10% of people on Earth have access to safe water, according to the Water Organization, a nonprofit headquartered in Chennai, India. That means 90% may have to drink foul water, at a vast cost to their health. Obstacles to resolving this problem are that two key technologies, wastewater treatment and desalination…

Microalgae water treatment project in Mexico

Microalgae water treatment project in Mexico

The Faculty of Engineering (FI) of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ), a Mexican public university based in the city of Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, is carrying out a greenhouse drainage water treatment project using microalgae so that the water can be reused without damaging crops. Dr. Marieke…

NCMA program to identify algal blooms

NCMA program to identify algal blooms

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Macrobiota (NCMA) at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is developing a program to train the next generation of scientists and managers in the taxonomy of harmful marine algae, a key step in rebuilding and maintaining expertise critical to managing the…

Seaweed farming — new jobs for coastal communities

Seaweed farming — new jobs for coastal communities

Dr. Gloria Naa Dzama Addico and Kweku Amoako Atta deGraft-Johnson write in Graphic Online about the plight of the fisher folks in Ghana — in the throes of depleting fish stocks, unfair competition and higher costs of doing business. Many of the displaced workers are now turning to seaweed farming as a replacement for their…

Transforming the waste from wastewater

Transforming the waste from wastewater

Mark Harris writes in the Guardian about a pilot project in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where Dr. Peter Lammers, a professor in algal bioenergy at Arizona State University, along with researchers at New Mexico State University, are diverting effluent from the city’s wastewater treatment plant into rows of long plastic…

Duke-led consortium creating algal food and fuel

Duke-led consortium creating algal food and fuel

Kati Moore writes in Duke Environment that Dr. Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a consortium to study…

MBD algae technology expanding to cane industry

MBD algae technology expanding to cane industry

Lara Webster reports for Queensland’s Country Hour that MBD Energy’s algal-based water cleaning technology, being tested over the past year in the local prawn industry, may soon expand to the cane sector. The technology, which uses algae to absorb the nutrients in fish ponds, expel clean water…

Israeli spirulina project benefitting Rwanda

Israeli spirulina project benefitting Rwanda

Nurit Canetti writes in Israeli Pulse that Rwandan agronomists are on a one-year visit to Israel to study various aspects of Israeli agriculture firsthand. Primarily they are studying techniques developed by Israeli students for fast, cheap and simple cultivation of the microalgae superfood spirulina…

NMSU, Las Cruces Utilities partner on biofuel project

NMSU, Las Cruces Utilities partner on biofuel project

Suzanne Michaels and Isabel Walters report for the Las Cruces Sun-News that New Mexico State University professors have joined with Las Cruces Utilities on a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy using algae to clean wastewater and produce biofuels…

A French chef feeds spirulina to hungry kids

A French chef feeds spirulina to hungry kids

Natacha Tatu writes in Worldcrunch about a 72-year old French chef who has taken on the challenge of bringing spirulina to the malnourished youth of the Central Africa. Freddy owns a restaurant, the Relais de Chasse (hunting lodge), a popular eatery in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic…

Utilization key to carbon capture with algae

Utilization key to carbon capture with algae

Using microalgae to capture CO2 is a complex process, especially in flue gas environments, reports an editorial by IEA Clean Coal Centre in worldcoal.com. There are many factors to consider, such as CO2 concentration, presence of pollutants in the flue gas, the initial inoculation density, culture temperature…

Algae-based bio-asphalt for greener roads

Algae-based bio-asphalt for greener roads

Rich McEachran writes in the Guardian that, in the process of surfacing a road, layers of asphalt – which is composed mostly of bitumen (a byproduct of crude oil distillation) — are poured over an aggregate of crushed stone and sand. The asphalt acts as a glue, binding the mixture together to form asphalt concrete…

Australia’s dairy problem, and algae solution

Australia’s dairy problem, and algae solution

There are around 4500 dairy farms in Victoria, Australia, according to Business Victoria. Together they produced about 86 per cent of Australia’s dairy product exports, worth almost $2 billion, in 2011-12. The wastewater generated from daily cleaning is a dairy product that has been an issue of concern…

EnAlgae winds down with two legacies

EnAlgae winds down with two legacies

EnAlgae, the North West Europe collaboration of 19 partners and 14 observers aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources – that began in March 2011 ­– will officially end on 30th June 2015. “This is the last year for the EnAlgae project, and the summer will see the unveiling…

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