Algal omega-3 a key to sustainable aquaculture

Algal omega-3 a key to sustainable aquaculture

TheFishSite News Desk reports on how the sustainable growth of aquaculture lies in utilizing new feed ingredients that match requirements for good and healthy growth of the fish; and how exploiting microalgae as a feed ingredient can match these requirements. “We must ensure that growth is sustainable…

Network proposed for UK seaweed industry

Network proposed for UK seaweed industry

Valerie Elliott reports in the Daily Mail that a study by the U.K. Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has proposed the establishment of a network of seaweed farms to satisfy growing demand for salty algae, which is plentiful along the U.K. coast…

Boosting astaxanthin production with a biorefinery approach

Boosting astaxanthin production with a biorefinery approach

Biofuel production is unlikely to be possible without the development of major low-energy and low-cost breakthrough technologies for cultivation, dewatering, and harvesting. Meanwhile, the high cost of microalgae cultivation and processing technologies can be justified by producing high-value nutraceutical compounds…

On producing natural astaxanthin in Bangladesh

On producing natural astaxanthin in Bangladesh

Astaxanthin is one of a group of pigments known as carotenoids, often called a super anti-oxidant – 65 times more powerful than vitamin C; 54 times stronger than β-carotene; 10 times more potent than β-carotene, canthaxantin, zeaxanthin, and lutein; and 100 times more effective than α-tocopherol. It can be obtained from…

The long winding road to algae’s promised land

The long winding road to algae’s promised land

Algae Industry Magazine contributing editor, emeritus agribusiness professor at Arizona State University, and algae industry icon Mark Edwards is interviewed this month in nutraingredients-usa.com on how and why the algae industry has a history of over promising and under delivering…

Saga City signs algae R&D agreement

Saga City signs algae R&D agreement

Japan’s University of Tsukuba, Saga City, and Saga University have signed an “Agreement on the Utilization of Algae Biomass and its Research and Development in Saga City.” The agreement defines the three party’s cooperation for the Saga region to take advantage of algae biomass, and to cooperate on the research…

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…

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