Can algae treat Cystic Fibrosis?

Can algae treat Cystic Fibrosis?

Benjamin Schachtman writes for PortCityDaily.com in Wilmington, Delaware, that the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC), along with the Marine Biology in North Carolina Center (MARBIONC) were recently named as part of the $250 million National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals…

New species highlight biodiversity hotspot

New species highlight biodiversity hotspot

Algae have long been identified and classified by their physical appearance, such as their color and branching. However, reliance on the form and structure of these organisms has made it challenging to determine diversity and map distribution. Molecular technologies have changed that. As scientists use DNA analysis…

Species diversity in algal biofuel systems

Species diversity in algal biofuel systems

When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University of Michigan researchers. U-M ecologist Bradley Cardinale and his colleagues found that growing multiple algal species…

High-performance bioplastics from seaweed

High-performance bioplastics from seaweed

Park Se-young, at Arirang News, writes about a Korean research team at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, South Korea that has developed the technology to manufacture eco-friendly, high performance, bioplastics using seaweed. This technique is the first of its kind to use lipids from algae, according to the scientists…

Warning of toxic algae blooms before they develop

Warning of toxic algae blooms before they develop

The Fish Site reports on a new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrating that automated monitoring systems that identify “regime shifts” – such as rapid growth of algae and then depletion of oxygen in the water – can successfully predict full-scale algae blooms…

Tracking changes at the base of the food chain

Tracking changes at the base of the food chain

Danielle Kaeding reports for Wisconsin Public Radio that a warming climate is transforming the base of the food chain in the Great Lakes, according to a new study published recently in the scientific journal Limnology and Oceanography. Researchers say rising lake temperatures could spell changes for the rest…

ARPA-E’s MARINER project seeks macroalgae productivity

ARPA-E’s MARINER project seeks macroalgae productivity

The United States has the world’s largest marine Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of ocean along the nation’s coastlines which is equivalent to the total land area of all 50 states. The nation has the potential to utilize this resource to build and grow a thriving marine biomass industry for the production of fuels, chemicals…

Maine students study toxic algae genetics

Maine students study toxic algae genetics

An unprecedented harmful algal bloom off the coast of New England this fall provided a unique opportunity for Waterville, Maine-based Colby College students studying at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, in East Boothbay, Maine. Each fall, Bigelow scientists host a group of undergraduate students for a…

NREL Scientist Maria Ghirardi Named AAAS Fellow

NREL Scientist Maria Ghirardi Named AAAS Fellow

Maria Ghirardi, a scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS cited Dr. Ghirardi for “distinguished contributions to our understanding of photobiological hydrogen production…

How cryptophyte algae harvest light energy

How cryptophyte algae harvest light energy

It’s the single-celled photosynthetic organisms at the top layer of the ocean that absorb the most sunlight. Underneath, in the sublayers, are cryptophyte algae that must compete for photons that have filtered through the upper depths. The key to their survival, a study published on December 8 in Chem reveals…

SABANA looks to improve agriculture with microalgae

SABANA looks to improve agriculture with microalgae

The SABANA project, being coordinated by the University of Almeria (UAL), in Spain, is researching biofertilizers and biopesticides as an alternative to the chemicals currently used in agriculture. The focus is on microalgae, which could help improve both the sustainability and profitability of agriculture…

MERCOSUL award to Brazilian student for microalgae DC research

MERCOSUL award to Brazilian student for microalgae DC research

Ângelo Paggi Matos, a doctoral student from Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in Brasília, Brazil, has been awarded an honorable mention by MERCOSUL Science and Technology Awards — Category: Young…

Genetic early warning for algal blooms

Genetic early warning for algal blooms

In one of the most comprehensive studies to date, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have sequenced the genes of a harmful algal bloom, unveiling never-before-seen interactions between algae and bacteria that are thought to propagate their growth. The work also opens up the possibility…

Algae foods demonstrate reduced GHGs and water use

Algae foods demonstrate reduced GHGs and water use

Scientists affiliated with the Marine Algal Industrialization Consortium have published a research article demonstrating the potential of using microalgae to significantly mitigate greenhouse gas emissions if used as a source of food. Leading the study was Michael J. Walsh, a research fellow in Bentley University’s Center…

Will algae raise the omega-3 content in farmed salmon?

Will algae raise the omega-3 content in farmed salmon?

Lisa Duchene writes in Global Aquaculture Advocate about a recent study by Stirling University (Scotland) researchers (on the Impact of sustainable feeds on omega-3 long chain fatty acid levels in farmed Atlantic salmon, 2006-2015, Scientific Reports) that revealed that the amount of omega-3 fatty acid in farmed salmon…

Climate change stimulating Arctic algae

Climate change stimulating Arctic algae

Carl Zimmer writes in the New York Times that scientists have reported global warming is altering the ecology of the Arctic Ocean on a huge scale. The annual production of algae, the base of the food web, increased an estimated 47 percent between 1997 and 2015, and the ocean is greening up much earlier each year…

Nannochloropsis’ life at the bottom of the food chain

Nannochloropsis’ life at the bottom of the food chain

Sulogna Mehta reports for the Times of India that scientists from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), in Vizag, the largest city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, have successfully produced nannochloropsis microalgae concentrate through indoor and outdoor culture, to serve as feed for…

CABC sees future in marine microalgae

CABC sees future in marine microalgae

A group of educators and researchers from Cornell University, the Cornell Algal Biofuel Consortium (CABC), has published a comparative commentary in the December, 2016 issue of Oceanography, the quarterly journal of The Oceanography Society. The commentary sums up a tremendous amount of integrated research…

Green hydrogen, courtesy of algal proteins

Green hydrogen, courtesy of algal proteins

Since hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity, we are increasingly thinking about hydrogen as a successor to crude oil. But where will the hydrogen come from? Its ecologically cleanest source could be from algae bioreactors, partly thanks to an international team of researchers who have for the first time…

Taking ATP3 Workshops on the Road

Taking ATP3 Workshops on the Road

Dr. Tom Dempster works as a research professor – focusing on strain selection and development, biomass production, algal biofuels and high-value products, and air and wastewater bioremediation – at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) at Arizona State University….

Adding algae to feed for bone strength

Adding algae to feed for bone strength

World Poultry reports on testing at animal nutrition company Alltech that compared chicken feed formulas, using algae as a variable, to determine how nutrition, management, and environmental factors can have an impact on bone strength and quality. Leg disorders such as angular bone deformities and…

German microalgae project compares PBR systems

German microalgae project compares PBR systems

Johan U. Grobbelaar has published in the South African Journal of Science his recent research with the AUFWIND project at the Research Centre Jülich in Jülich, Germany. His growth comparison tests consisted of three different commercially available photobioreactor types, constructed adjacent to each other…

Testing algae on “yellow dragon” citrus disease

Testing algae on “yellow dragon” citrus disease

Notimex reports that a group of researchers at the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences (CICIMAR) of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico are researching the applications of algae extracts to combat the “yellow dragon” disease that attacks citrus crops. Scientists conducted an analysis of algae extracts…

Algae and the White Cliffs of Dover

Algae and the White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover span England’s southeastern coastline for 16 kilometers (10 miles) and reach as tall as 110 meters (350 feet) high. Facing the narrowest part of the English Channel, the cliffs have come to symbolize England since the time of Julius Caesar, often the first and last view travelers have of the country by sea…

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