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…

New algal diesel process > 60% lower emissions

New algal diesel process > 60% lower emissions

A new analysis from Argonne National Laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), shows the potential of an algae fractionation process to produce renewable diesel fuel with 63% – 68% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than conventional diesel. The peer-reviewed…

KSU students tackle algae blooms

KSU students tackle algae blooms

Kenia Mills reports for WIBW-TV that a team of mechanical engineering seniors at Kansas State University is proposing a solution for a real world problem – the blue-green algae bloom in the northeast corner of Milford Lake. The students recently designed a prototype for their client, Clay County…

Skretting to offer algal oil-based fishfeed

Skretting to offer algal oil-based fishfeed

Stavanger, Norway-based Skretting, a 100+ year-old leader in the manufacture and supply of aquaculture feeds for fish and shrimp, has announced that they are now offering aquaculture feeds containing algal oil that consists of “unprecedented levels” of the two essential long chain omega-3 fatty acids…

Algix demos algae process for Chinese partners

Algix demos algae process for Chinese partners

Randall Hammons writes for themeridianstar.com that a delegation from China is in Meridian, Mississippi, to learn from Algix, its business partner, about making biodegradable products from algae. The 17-member delegation has been visiting all week from Yixing, China, a city with 1.3 million people…

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…

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