Consortium launches online algae intro course

Consortium launches online algae intro course

A new online course in algae basics has just been made available by Coursera for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of algae. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Algae, was produced at the University of San Diego and is being taught by Drs. Steve Mayfield of UCSD and Ira “Ike” Levine…

Swansea takes lead in ALG-AD sustainability project

Swansea takes lead in ALG-AD sustainability project

Scientists at Swansea University are taking the lead on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project developing new technology to clean up waste. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution whereby excess waste nutrients produced from anaerobic digestion of food and farm waste are used…

Lipid-extracted microalgal biomass waste for biogas

Lipid-extracted microalgal biomass waste for biogas

Microalgae contain substantial amounts of lipids (2–46%), carbohydrates (8–64%) including cellulose and starch, proteins (6–71%), fats and many other valuable compounds. The current obstacle for microalgal biodiesel development lies in its economics, because until now there has been no commercial…

Algae fighting wastewater pathogens in New Mexico

Algae fighting wastewater pathogens in New Mexico

Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels report for KRWG that, over the past decade, New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Engineering Professor Nagamany Nirmalakhandan (known as Dr. Khandan) has been investigating how algae removes contaminants from wastewater. The specific microalgae used by Dr. Khandan…

2017 — It was a seaweed year for algae

2017 — It was a seaweed year for algae

Of all of the directions that the algae industry has pivoted to in recent years, 2017 will likely go down as the year that seaweed finally received major attention. As the year began we passed along a story about a Korean research team at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, South Korea that has developed the technology…

Chinese scientists using algae to fight pollution

Chinese scientists using algae to fight pollution

China Daily Editor Zhang Shiyu writes that Wang Qiang, the lead scientist behind a project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Hydrobiology, said a new strain of microalgae they are developing has recently entered a test phase for cleaning emissions produced by the refineries of Sinopec, China’s largest oil…

Algae melting Greenland ice sheet

Algae melting Greenland ice sheet

New research shows that algae growing on the Greenland ice sheet, the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet, significantly reduce the surface reflectivity of the ice sheet’s bare ice area and contribute more to its melting than dust or black carbon. The new findings, presented by the American Geophysical Union…

TomAlgae eyeing US oyster market

TomAlgae eyeing US oyster market

Rob Fletcher writes for thefishsite.com that TomAlgae, the feed firm specializing in the production of freeze-dried algae to be used as feed in shrimp and oyster hatcheries, is looking to crack the North American oyster market. The US produces 140,000 tons of oysters a year, making it the world’s third largest…

Better milk from algae-fed dairy cows

Better milk from algae-fed dairy cows

Andrew Forgrave, Rural Affairs Editor for dailypost.com.uk, writes about Caernarfon (Wales) scientist Bethan Till, who has been feeding micro-algae to dairy cows to develop “super healthy” dairy products. The PhD student hopes her findings will revolutionize dairy consumption as, she notes, the improved products…

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…

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