A blooming mess? Don’t blame the algae!

A blooming mess? Don’t blame the algae!

CBS Miami reports that protesters are demanding answers and action over the toxic mess in Florida — a poisonous algae bloom plaguing four counties now under a state of emergency. The algae bloom took a toll on the busy holiday weekend — forcing some beaches to be closed to swimmers. Protesters instead of…

Seaweed gains ground as food staple in South America

Seaweed gains ground as food staple in South America

Orlando Milesi reports for IPS News that nutrient-rich seaweed, a regular part of the diet of several South American indigenous peoples, is emerging as a new pillar of food security in Latin America and is providing a livelihood for thousands of people in the region’s coastal areas. Seaweeds have been used as human food…

Algal Partnership for New Zealand, China

Algal Partnership for New Zealand, China

Research institutions in New Zealand and China are developing a Coastal Innovation partnership focused on algal aquaculture. As reported in the Bay of Plenty Times, a delegation from Tauranga, New Zeeland recently visited its sister city of Yantai, China to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the relationship…

Fighting India’s malnutrition with spirulina

Fighting India’s malnutrition with spirulina

Shilpa Baburaj writes in the Times of India that, as a student at PES Institute of Technology (PESIT) in Bengaluru, India, Mahesh RV was disturbed by the condition of undernourished kids. His concern gave birth to the entrepreneurial idea of growing spirulina as a dietary supplement. Today, the 26-year-old is into full-time…

Kenyan doctor’s spirulina farm boosts immunity

Kenyan doctor’s spirulina farm boosts immunity

Mercy Kahenda writes in the Standard Daily about Dr. David Githanga, a pediatrician and cardiologist in Kenya who educates mothers and expectant women on proper child nutrition. To help boost the immune systems in children, as well as for the elderly people living with HIV/AIDs, he and his wife…

Cultivating spirulina in Cambodia

Cultivating spirulina in Cambodia

The Phnom Penh Post ran story about a New Zealand couple who, after plans for a dairy business went sour, invested in Cambodia’s mostly untapped spirulina market, setting up Global Superfoods, which produces spirulina powder and pills for the increasingly health-conscious local…

Efficient utilization of volatile waste nutrients

Efficient utilization of volatile waste nutrients

Algaculture, or algae farming, like any form of agriculture, is highly sensitive to fertilizer costs. A major roadblock to commercial algae farming is efficient utilization of volatile nutrients, specifically ammonia and carbon dioxide (CO2), to feed the algae being farmed. Currently, society produces large quantities of waste…

Muradel refocuses Whyalla biofuel venture

Muradel refocuses Whyalla biofuel venture

Valerina Changarathil writes in Adelaide Now that the Whyalla, Australia-based commercial biofuel producer Muradel will receive a new federal grant next month to start scaling up its demonstration plant as it refocuses on new feedstock. Muradel did not disclose the grant amount while still being finalized…

Algae + Papaya = Biofuel

Algae + Papaya = Biofuel

At the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Lisa Keith has spent the past five years fine-tuning conditions under which Chlorella protothecoides algae can be coaxed into producing oil from discarded papayas and other unmarketable…

Algae helping forensic teams catch criminals

Algae helping forensic teams catch criminals

Kirstie R Scott, of University College London Centre for the Forensic Sciences and the Environmental Change Research Centre writes in com about how algae are being used to solve crimes and track down criminals. Microscopic algae, particularly diatoms, can be picked up from virtually anywhere there is water — seas, lakes…

Spirulina growing as a food colorant

Spirulina growing as a food colorant

Tom Coultate, author of Food: the Chemistry of its Components, writes for Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry that the move from synthetic to “natural” food colorants has not been as simple as might be imagined. For example. the anthocyanins – abundant in fruit – work well in the mildly acidic environments of soft drinks…

Chicago water consortia engages algae research

Chicago water consortia engages algae research

Ally Marotti writes in the Chicago Tribune that a new public-private partnership led by World Business Chicago, called Current, is uniting Chicago’s entrepreneurs, researchers and utility companies to solve water problems by bringing water research out of labs and putting it into the hands of companies and utilities…

Algae-based feed could reduce CO2 levels

Algae-based feed could reduce CO2 levels

A new peer-reviewed study, reported by the Algae Biomass Organization, has shown that widespread use of algae in animal feed could help limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 and possibly even turn back the clock, bringing atmospheric carbon concentrations down to preindustrial levels…

Craft breweries bet on algae technology

Craft breweries bet on algae technology

John Wiegand writes for MiBiz.com that, as the craft brewing industry matures, many West Michigan producers have started seeking out technology that provides sustainable solutions to common issues. Brewers’ lean manufacturing experience has positioned them to be more willing to invest in energy…

Microalgal technology replaces bacterial bioremediation

Microalgal technology replaces bacterial bioremediation

India-based Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC) has installed a 550 KL treatment facility at Pasupati Acrylon, an acrylic fibre manufacturing industry in India. PERC has installed similar facilities based on microalgal technology in a number of industries in India and Colombia…

Producing a biofertilizer with microalgae and wastewater

Producing a biofertilizer with microalgae and wastewater

The high concentration of nutrients in wastewaters and in effluents of agro-industrial processes, particularly total N and P, is an environmental problem, and requires costly chemical-based treatments to remove them during wastewater treatment. The ability of microalgae to effectively grow in nutrient-rich…

DOE requests info on bioproducts process verification

DOE requests info on bioproducts process verification

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to perform process verifications for biomass conversion pathways to biofuels…

Algae Fuels boosted by NREL process

Algae Fuels boosted by NREL process

A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research. The process, dubbed Combined Algal Processing (CAP), is detailed in a new paper by NREL’s…

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…

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