Plant light sensors evolved from algae

Plant light sensors evolved from algae

The light-sensing molecules that tell plants whether to germinate, when to flower and which direction to grow were inherited millions of years ago from ancient algae, finds a new study from Duke University. The findings are some of the strongest evidence yet refuting the prevailing idea that the ancestors of early plants…

Feeding cattle with post lipid extracted microalgae

Feeding cattle with post lipid extracted microalgae

Livestock scientists see microalgae’s potential as a sustainable, high-energy feedstuff as well as a protein supplement. Among those scientists are Dr. Megan Van Emon, Assistant Professor at Montana State University, Dr. Daniel Loy, Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University and Dr. Stephanie Hansen…

Ocean algae seem fit for climate change

Ocean algae seem fit for climate change

Scientists have been investigating the likely future impact of changing environmental conditions on ocean phytoplankton, which forms the basis of all the oceans’ food chains, is important for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and generates much of the oxygen needed to sustain life on Earth…

New Algae Biomass Research Center for Japan

New Algae Biomass Research Center for Japan

In Japan, the Algae Biomass Energy System Development Research Center, headed by Professor Makoto Watanabe, was established at the University of Tsukuba on July 1. The new organization’s duties include fundamental research and empirical studies on algae biomass and…

Seaweed as a sustainable feedstock of the future

Seaweed as a sustainable feedstock of the future

Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE). This is the conclusion of a new paper entitled “Comparative environmental life cycle assessment of two seaweed cultivation…

UT wins $50K for algal bio-chemistry research

UT wins $50K for algal bio-chemistry research

The University of Toledo (UT) will receive $50,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research into commercial development of an innovative method developed at UT to source specific chemicals from algae. The lipids extracted from algae through this method could be used…

Discovering what gives algae its scent

Discovering what gives algae its scent

The Times of Israel reports that Israeli researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot say they have identified an enzyme in ocean algae responsible for producing the scent of the sea. While scientists have long known that the familiar smell is caused by the molecule dimethylsulfide (DMS), which algae produce…

EnAlgae research on algae’s sustainability

EnAlgae research on algae’s sustainability

Two research papers recently published by EnAlgae scientists point to real potential advantages in using algae as a feed ingredient and as a wastewater treatment, but only with further improvements in algal technology. The first paper is an environmental sustainability analysis of a protein-rich…

Converting algal squalene to transportation fuels

Converting algal squalene to transportation fuels

A new method of converting squalene – which is produced by microalgae – to gasoline or jet fuel, has been developed by the Japanese research group of Prof. Keiichi Tomishige and Dr. Yoshinao Nakagawa from Tohoku University’s Department of Applied Chemistry, and Dr. Hideo Watanabe from the University…

SBC extends algae research with Mitsubishi in Borneo

SBC extends algae research with Mitsubishi in Borneo

The Borneo Post reports that Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) and Mitsubishi Corporation have signed an agreement to move into the next phase of a strategic collaboration on microalgae research and industrial biotechnology, established in 2012. The SBC-Mitsubishi partnership will continue…

Marine bacteria boost growth of diatoms

Marine bacteria boost growth of diatoms

University of Washington oceanographers have found that diatoms — the intricately patterned single-celled algae that exist throughout the world’s oceans — grow faster in the presence of bacteria that release a growth hormone known to benefit land plants. The study, published online May 27 in Nature, uses genetic and…

ABU study considers commercializing algae in Lebanon

ABU study considers commercializing algae in Lebanon

Ned Whalley reports for Lebanon’s Daily Star that scientists from the American University of Beirut (AUB) have released the results of a three-year study on the potential commercial uses of Lebanon’s coastal microalgae, citing possible applications in medicine, agriculture, nutrition, and as a renewable…

Algae cleaning wastewater in India

Algae cleaning wastewater in India

SciDev.Net’s South Asia desk reports that Indian scientists working on producing biofuel from algae cultured in municipal wastewater are enthused by the findings of a recent study conducted at the biotechnology department of Rice University, in Houston, Texas, demonstrating that strains of algae were capable…

Scientists find new DNA mod in algae

Scientists find new DNA mod in algae

Scientists at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have described the surprising discovery and function of a new DNA modification in insects, worms and algae. Common DNA modifications occur through methylation, a chemical process that can dramatically change gene expression…

Understanding dinoflagellate bioluminescence

Understanding dinoflagellate bioluminescence

Algae “red tide” events often create dazzling nighttime light shows of blue-green bioluminescence resulting from the force generated by breaking waves. While many mysteries remain on how such red tide blooms emerge, marine biologists are now making progress in decoding the mechanisms that trigger bioluminescence…

Texas teen wins SCI://TECH award for algae project

Texas teen wins SCI://TECH award for algae project

The Paper reports that in Houston, Texas, the growth of two commercially important algae strains, Nannochloropsis occulata and haematococcus pluvialis, is providing ninth grader Andrew Kim, and the Lone Star College-Montgomery biotechnology lab that assisted him in its cultivation, a grand prize award and nationwide…

Professor awarded grant for algal bioenergy LCA

Professor awarded grant for algal bioenergy LCA

In Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University’s Yongli Zhang, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a 2015-16 University Research Grant for her work on the sustainable development of renewable bioenergy. The funds will directly support her ongoing research project…

Treating pig waste with algae

Treating pig waste with algae

Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the effluent from piggeries can be effectively treated with micro- and macroalgae so that species of the organism can be safely fed back to pigs. The Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) has invested $300,000 with the…

Young students share algae research at ASU

Young students share algae research at ASU

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) opened to the public recently to provide an overview of how algae are and can be used for a variety of products, from fuel to food. In addition to AzCATI displays and demonstrations related to algae-based or derived products, several local students…

Researching how oil spills affect algae

Researching how oil spills affect algae

Five years ago, on April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig caused a release of 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped on July 15, 2010. Close to 100,000 kilometers, including more than 1,000 total linear miles of coastlines in Louisiana, Alabama…

Abu Dhabi’s sabkhas — an algal rich source

Abu Dhabi’s sabkhas — an algal rich source

Sami Zaatari writes for the Middle East’s Gulf News that Abu Dhabi’s coastal sabkhas – the Arabic phonetic translation for salt flats – hold great potential for solar power generation and algae culture; and also promise in terms of hydrocarbons. However, many sabkha sites are facing threats from rapid urbanization…

Exploring red algae for economic benefits

Exploring red algae for economic benefits

James Konstantin Galvez writes in the Manila Times that red algae, or lumut, which many people there consider insignificant, offers huge economic benefits as a source of food and components for industrial products, according to a new study by the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UPMSI)…

Rice University, Houston Public Works team on algae study

Rice University, Houston Public Works team on algae study

In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorous…

Swimming algae decode living fluid dynamics

Swimming algae decode living fluid dynamics

None of us would be alive if sperm cells didn’t know how to swim, or if the cilia in our lungs couldn’t prevent fluid buildup. But we know very little about the dynamics of so-called “living fluids,” those containing cells, microorganisms or other biological structures. Understanding the behavior of living fluids starts…

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