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…

Marine Biological Lab developing new seaweed harvest methods

Marine Biological Lab developing new seaweed harvest methods

CapeCod.com reports that the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, has received a grant to develop innovative cultivation and harvesting technologies for year-round production of seaweeds in tropical and subtropical…

Scientists in Viet Nam mull world water shortages

Scientists in Viet Nam mull world water shortages

Viet NamNews reports that some 150 scientists gathered in Hà Nội to discuss how to develop environmentally friendly, economically viable and energy efficient processes to treat and preserve the world’s limited water resources. The three-day conference on Green Technologies for Sustainable Water 2017 (GTSW) was organized by…

James Cook University and MBD biorefine Ulva

James Cook University and MBD biorefine Ulva

A team of researchers at James Cook University has just published a cascading “biorefinery” approach for the extraction of soluble sulphated polysaccharides — known as ulvans — from the green sea lettuce, Ulva. The technique is simple and robust with a view to commercial production for nutraceutical applications…

Aliga developing high volumes of microalgae for aquafeed

Aliga developing high volumes of microalgae for aquafeed

Neil Ramsden reports in UndercurrentNews.com that young Danish firm Aliga is seeking cooperation with major fish feed players to use its microalgae-derived products in aquafeed formulations. Speaking at the recent AquaNor show in Trondheim, Norway, Aliga sales director David Erlandsson said talks…

New process for microalgal separation by shape

New process for microalgal separation by shape

Researchers from UCLA and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a new capability to sort microalgae cells by their shape, creating a baseline of uniform cells for a large range of research, industrial and clinical applications. While traditional microalgal separation methods are based on porous filters or sedimentation…

Iowa town considering algae wastewater system

Iowa town considering algae wastewater system

Julia Mericle reports in The Hawk Eye that Columbus Junction, Iowa, could become a pioneering city in the struggle to treat wastewater if the city council approves new technology that favors algae over bacteria. Wastewater treatment plants receive permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that regulate what…

A brief history of algal dining in China

A brief history of algal dining in China

Li Anlan writes in ShanghaiDaily.com that, with its salty, fishy taste, seaweed brings the flavor of the ocean to the dinner table. Kelp and nori are popular algae in China to prepare dishes such as kelp salad and nori egg drop soup. The closer one gets to coastal regions, the greater the variety of ways that sea algae finds its ways…

SUBPESCA funds studies for algae projects in artisanal fisheries

SUBPESCA funds studies for algae projects in artisanal fisheries

In Chile, Fis.com reports that the Fisheries Management Fund (FAP) has CLP 120 million ($184,000USD) to support those interested in having access to the algae farming and restocking bonus. Until September 20, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) announced, artisanal fishermen from all…

Australia21 poses algal solutions to future food scarcity

Australia21 poses algal solutions to future food scarcity

By 2050 we will need to feed 10 billion people.  That will require a 70 per cent increase in food production and a doubling of our energy supply, while decreasing our carbon footprint. Existing agricultural and industrial production systems are incapable of meeting these demands. Something radically different…

Algae farming helping artisanal fishers in Ecuador

Algae farming helping artisanal fishers in Ecuador

Fis.com reports that in Ecuador fishermen’s organizations are benefitting from the Mariculture and Aquaculture Project for Aquaculture Development. This macroalgae farming project, implemented by the National Government through the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAP), aims to manage new production…

Improving algal extraction for chemical components

Improving algal extraction for chemical components

Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that they claim can more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. “There’s been a huge movement toward greener, renewable products…

Spanish-Portuguese experts to collaborate for algae projects

Spanish-Portuguese experts to collaborate for algae projects

A new microalgae production and exploitation project by Spanish and Portuguese experts will be implemented by a consortium comprised of nine institutions, including universities, research centers, public and private enterprises in the regions of Algarve and Alentejo in Portugal, and Andalusia, in Spain. The initiative…

Mutaz Ghandour joins IIMSAM African spirulina initiative

Mutaz Ghandour joins IIMSAM African spirulina initiative

In Africa, TradeArabia News Service reports that the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Microalgae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) has appointed Mutaz Ghandour, chairman and CEO of Metito Holdings, a Goodwill Ambassador. “The objective of this institution is to eradicate malnutrition in Africa…

Students simulate turning algae into ethylene

Students simulate turning algae into ethylene

Two students from the Izmir Institute of Technology, who used Honeywell’s simulation software to demonstrate how to produce petrochemicals from algae, have been named the winners of Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) annual UniSim® Design Challenge. They defeated 60 teams from 25 countries…

Montana company’s high tech algae farming

Montana company’s high tech algae farming

David Erickson writes in the (Montana) Missoulian that Clearas Water Recovery, a Missoula tech company formed eight years ago, has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants. Often referred to as “nutrient loading,” these two elements cause…

Corporate/academic partnership to convert wastewater algae

Corporate/academic partnership to convert wastewater algae

WesTech Engineering, Inc. and Utah State University’s Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are jointly engaged in developing processes for more efficient harvesting of algae from municipal wastewater and other nutrient-rich sources, and researching its conversion into products…

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…

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