Seaweed driving product development at Algaia

Seaweed driving product development at Algaia

Gaynor Selby writes in FoodIngredientsFirst that seaweed, with its many varieties, is poised to become the next super green superfood, and is finding new product applications in Western markets due to its wide ranging health benefits. Algaia, with headquarters in Paris, France, recently bolstered its growth in specialty marine…

U of Nantes Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering Master’s degree

U of Nantes Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering Master’s degree

University of Nantes, in the north-western French region of Pays de la Loire, has announced that they will begin offering a Master’s degree program in Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering, beginning next September. The degree will cover theoretical and practical aspects necessary to develop industrial processes…

Algae capture in Chile more profitable than artisanal fishing

Algae capture in Chile more profitable than artisanal fishing

As reported by Fish Information Services, algae capture is now more profitable in Chile than artisanal fishing. Many fishermen are exchanging their nets for wetsuits and returning with their boats loaded with algae. Some brown algae (black huiro, huiro palo and sargazo) are precious in Japan, China and France…

DIC spirulina farms earn certification

DIC spirulina farms earn certification

DIC Corporation has announced that on January 23, 2017, wholly owned subsidiary Hainan DIC Microalgae Co., Ltd. earned Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 — a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). As a result, all of the spirulina cultivated by the DIC Group for use in its spirulina-based products…

UConn addresses emerging seaweed agriculture

UConn addresses emerging seaweed agriculture

Dan Wood, at the University of Connecticut, writes that assistant extension educator of marine aquaculture at UConn’s Avery Point Campus, Anoushka Concepcion, spoke about the recent developments in the vegetable aquaculture industry that has been growing and showing promise in the past few decades…

Argentina’s restocking algae program for artisanal fisheries

Argentina’s restocking algae program for artisanal fisheries

FIS.com reports that a new program called “Restocking, Cultivation and Management of Algae in Artisanal Fisheries” is being developed in the province of Arauco, Argentina, between the Arauco Lagging Area Program and the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca). The three-year…

TomAlgae qualifies for Fish-Free Feed Challenge

TomAlgae qualifies for Fish-Free Feed Challenge

The Fish Site reports an update to the Fish-Free Feed (F3) Challenge, which was launched in November 2015 on the HeroX crowdfunding site. The competition is intended to encourage innovation of alternative ingredients for aquaculture feeds, improve the industry’s sustainability and reduce pressure on wild-caught…

U.S. expert promotes algal farming in India

U.S. expert promotes algal farming in India

“Marine algae have the power to simultaneously fuel vehicles, recycle carbon dioxide, and provide nutrition to animals and humans,” said Ira A. Levine, a tenured Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Southern Maine in the US and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, in an interview with Vinson Kurian…

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…

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