Algal enzyme enabling biosynthesis of renewable propane

Algal enzyme enabling biosynthesis of renewable propane

A team of researchers led by Professor Nigel Scrutton, director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, and Dr. Patrik Jones from Imperial College of London, have developed a new metabolic pathway for the biosynthesis of propane gas, a relatively clean fuel, by genetically engineering an enzyme found in algae…

PHYCO<sub>2</sub> and MSU pass Phase 1 in algae research project

PHYCO2 and MSU pass Phase 1 in algae research project

The research partnership between PHYCO2, an emerging algae growth and carbon dioxide sequestration company, and Michigan State University (MSU) has announced test results in Phase I of their multi-year trial to capture manmade carbon dioxide and create renewable alternative energy feedstock…

New macroalgae collaboration for jet fuel

New macroalgae collaboration for jet fuel

A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC), Airbus Group, University of Malaya, University Malaysia Terengganu, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, for an 18-month research and technology collaboration…

Key enzyme discovered in Botryococcus braunii

Key enzyme discovered in Botryococcus braunii

An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying the common green microalga Botryococcus braunii. The study, published in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications, could enable scientists to use the enzyme in a plant to…

Native Alberta algae to detox tailings ponds

Native Alberta algae to detox tailings ponds

Erin Guiltenane reports that a research project underway at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, aims to clean up oil sands tailings ponds by using native algae already found in them to do the job. Oil sands mining produces pools of wastewater that are difficult…

Salt River Project/ASU study algal strains for power plants

Salt River Project/ASU study algal strains for power plants

Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) and engineers at Salt River Project (SRP), one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, are conducting joint research studies to find new ways to utilize algae in the desert, specifically in the operation of power plants. Dr. Tom Dempster is working on algae for carbon…

Indian army going algae green

Indian army going algae green

S V Krishna Chaitanya writes for the New Indian Express that a scientist from Chennai, the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in South India, is playing a key role in what is seen as a major step towards the use of renewable energy in the country. Dr. S. Elumalai, head of the Department of Biotechnology…

Marine algae to reduce antibiotics in farming

Marine algae to reduce antibiotics in farming

As part of a partnership in France with the Olmix Group, researchers from Inra Val de Loire Infectiology and Public Health Research Centre (Inra) have shown that a compound extracted from green algae inhibited the growth of pathogenic bacteria in vitro and stimulated the production of immunity mediators…

University of Florida scientists identify algal lipid agent

University of Florida scientists identify algal lipid agent

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) researchers may have found a key to converting algae to fuel. The scientists have found what researchers call a “transcription factor,” called ROC40. Bala Rathinasabapathi, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences, likened a transcription factor’s role…

LANL, UW mining lipids from algae

LANL, UW mining lipids from algae

Some species of algae naturally produce lipids in abundance, making them a desirable feedstock for lipid-based fuels. These strains of algae live in both saltwater and fresh water environments and if they are carefully cultivated, they could be coerced into making enough lipids to fuel automobiles and planes…

UD researcher works Delaware algal strain

UD researcher works Delaware algal strain

At the University of Delaware (UD), associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to grow algae on power plant smokestack emissions to neutralize their nitric oxide and carbon dioxide, and create sustainable algae-based biofuels. “What if we could capture or redirect these emissions for a usable purpose…

UT professor using “tiny greenhouses” to research algae

UT professor using “tiny greenhouses” to research algae

Professor David Sinton of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has been awarded a 2015 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The award will support Sinton’s research into optimizing the growth…

Qatar algae research project moves to Phase 2

Qatar algae research project moves to Phase 2

Joey Aguilar writes for the Gulf-Times that a Qatar University project to develop sustainable technologies from algae has entered the second phase. The initiative, led by project manager Hareb al-Jabri, started in 2009 with funding from Qatar Airways and Qatar Science and Technology Park…

Researching the enormous strength of diatoms

Researching the enormous strength of diatoms

Lori Dajose writes in PhysOrg that researchers in the lab of Julia Greer, professor of materials science and mechanics in Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science, have recently found that diatoms have the highest specific strength — the strength at which a structure breaks with respect to its density…

Mixed-growth microalgae starch for biodiesel

Mixed-growth microalgae starch for biodiesel

The MEHR News Agency reports that two Iranian researchers, Morteza Hassanpour and Mahsa Abbasabadi, are pursuing a project to enrich starch-producing microalgae in a mixed growth medium for manufacturing biodiesel fuel. The starch stored in microalgae is the basic substance for the fermentation process…

New algae species found in Hawaii’s deep waters

New algae species found in Hawaii’s deep waters

Scientists working with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae from Hawaii. Marine algae, or limu, are very important in Hawaiian culture, used in foods, ceremonies and as adornments in traditional hula. The new species of limu were collected…

2016 — Israel’s year of algae?

2016 — Israel’s year of algae?

Abigail Klein Leichman writes in ISRAEL21c that, in the rush to research algae-based technologies, Israel – as a startup nation itself – is at the forefront of much of the leading innovation emerging in this field. “Israel is considered an empire in microalgae technologies…

Brown algae most studied for use in feed

Brown algae most studied for use in feed

Emmy Koeleman writes in All About Feed & Dairy Global about a review in the Journal of Animal Feed Science and Technology that looked at the different seaweeds available and how they can be used for ruminants, pigs, poultry and rabbits. Seaweeds are valuable alternative feeds for livestock…

Efficient transfer of CO2 to microalgal systems

Efficient transfer of CO2 to microalgal systems

Researchers have developed a new inexpensive and environmentally friendly technique to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, according to a study at the University of Melbourne. The technique involves a novel combination of solvent absorption, membrane desorption and microalgal cultivation…

Drexel University cleaning wastewater with algae

Drexel University cleaning wastewater with algae

A blob of algae scooped from a fountain on South Street, in Philadelphia, PA almost two years ago has seeded a crop of the green stuff that Drexel University researchers claim is more effective at treating wastewater than many of the processes employed in municipal facilities today…

Optimizing CO2 efficiency and luminescence in PBRs

Optimizing CO2 efficiency and luminescence in PBRs

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, have published a report on their study of microalgae cultivated in photobioreactors at different CO2 concentrations and luminescent conditions. Their report is published in Elsevier’s Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 85, February 2016…

Can PACE project drive algal biofuels to marketability?

Can PACE project drive algal biofuels to marketability?

Dr. Richard Sayre, a scientist in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium, writes in the Santa Fe New Mexican about a new research project led by Los Alamos National Laboratory that seeks to drive algal biofuels to marketability…

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large “antenna.” This antenna helps them capture light energy in an efficient way, while also providing protection against damage to the photosynthesis mechanism of the…

Algal blooms — the new normal

Algal blooms — the new normal

While researchers have long suspected that climate change will lead to stronger and more frequent algal blooms, a new fusion of climate models and watershed models has proven those suspicions right: For Lake Erie, at least, the number of severe blooms will likely double over the next 100 years. The findings hold…

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