EnAlgae investigates membrane technology in microalgal biorefineries

EnAlgae investigates membrane technology in microalgal biorefineries

Engineers looking at the use of membrane filtration in microalgae biorefineries as part of the EnAlgae project have concluded that the technology has a fundamental part to play in realizing the full potential of microalgae…

Algae discovery reveals origin of sexes

Algae discovery reveals origin of sexes

A recent discovery in the multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri,has revealed the origin of male and female sexes, showing how they evolved from a more primitive mating system in a unicellular relative…

USU tests algae simulation around the world

USU tests algae simulation around the world

Biplab Das writes in NatureAsia that researchers from Utah State University (USU) have developed a model that simulates algae growth and their lipid productivity at various global locations using…

Algae can switch quantum coherence on and off

Algae can switch quantum coherence on and off

A University of New South Wales (UNSW)-led team of researchers has discovered how algae that survive in very low levels of light are able to switch on and off a weird quantum phenomenon that occurs during…

OMEGA system tests for marine animal durability

OMEGA system tests for marine animal durability

Much has been written about the innovative Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae (OMEGA) developed by NASA scientists for deployment on water. OMEGA, an integrated aquatic system to produce…

How algae evolved into green plants — new research

How algae evolved into green plants — new research

In Phys.Org, Yu Yonehara notes the breakthrough research from the Tokyo Institute of Technology on the connection between early marine algae and the development of terrestrial life: “The colonisation of…

Researching algae in space and extreme environments

Researching algae in space and extreme environments

By sending algae into space, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist and his team will be able to study some of the key mechanisms that control plant growth and photosynthesis…

Algal genes may boost efficiency, yield in crops

Algal genes may boost efficiency, yield in crops

As humanity faces more mouths to feed thanks to a swelling global population, new research has taken a step toward employing genes from blue-green algae to improve staple crop photosynthesis — a potential…

Lab-on-a-chip accelerates algal biofuel development

Lab-on-a-chip accelerates algal biofuel development

Significant improvements are still required to make algal biofuel commercially viable, such as developing better microalgal strains showing faster growth and higher oil production.
 To that end, a team led by Arum Han…

Capturing Carbon in Calgary

Capturing Carbon in Calgary

A team of six University of Calgary researchers has been awarded funding for their project, Cost Effective Biotechnology for Carbon Capture and Re-Use, based on the concept of using algal biotechnology to capture and reuse…

Arizona students showcase algae research for the public

Arizona students showcase algae research for the public

Students from three Arizona universities will demonstrate their algae research projects at an Innovation Showcase May 1, in Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Fitness Complex…

Teaching meets research at Lone Star’s algae lab

Teaching meets research at Lone Star’s algae lab

Founded in 1973, the Lone Star College (LSC) System comprises six colleges and two university centers with 78,000 credit students and a total enrollment of more than 90,000. The college focuses on…

Algal DHA omega-3 improves sleep duration in study

Algal DHA omega-3 improves sleep duration in study

Supplementation of long-chain omega-3s, and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in particular, were associated with seven fewer wake episodes and longer sleep duration – 58 minutes more sleep per night…

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand

A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked 28 Algae Technology Area projects. Dr. Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution…

Researching carbon sequestration in India

Researching carbon sequestration in India

Nahla Nainer reports for The Hindu that, as India’s reputation for ‘frugal engineering’ has grown, so has the importance of algae research and development at institutions such as NIT-T…

UCSD earns top spots for algae research

UCSD earns top spots for algae research

A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the country for algal biofuels research…

Discovering algae’s suicidal tendencies

Discovering algae’s suicidal tendencies

The question of why an individual would actively kill itself has been an evolutionary mystery. Death could hardly provide a fitness advantage to the dying individual. However, a new study has found…

D-Factory project aims to set biorefinery world benchmark

D-Factory project aims to set biorefinery world benchmark

The University of Greenwich is leading a €10m international project, called the ‘D-Factory,’ to build a biorefinery to develop the microalga Dunaliella as a sustainable raw material and turn every part…

NREL increases hydrogen production from algae

NREL increases hydrogen production from algae

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated that just two of six iron-sulfur-containing ferredoxins in a representative species of algae…

Space Florida researching algae cultivation prospects on Mars

Space Florida researching algae cultivation prospects on Mars

Matthew Richardson of the Orlando Business Journal writes that deep within the Space Life Science Lab near Florida’s Kennedy Space Center is a Mars simulation chamber, high-tech plant incubators…

Camelina seeds being modified with marine algal genes

Camelina seeds being modified with marine algal genes

Scientists at Rothamsted Research agricultural institute in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England have modified seeds from the camelina sativa plants using genes from marine algae, to increase production…

Durable algal strain from Qatar being tested in U.S.

Durable algal strain from Qatar being tested in U.S.

Bonnie James writes in the Gulf Times that an algae strain with very high natural tolerances to heat and salinity, discovered in the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) pilot facility in Qatar, is now being analyzed at Duke…

Kelp Watch 2014 to assess radioactive contamination

Kelp Watch 2014 to assess radioactive contamination

Researchers from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign designed to determine the extent…

Murdoch U. researches “milking” B. braunii

Murdoch U. researches “milking” B. braunii

Jason Boudville writes in Science Network Western Australia that Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Algae R&D Centre researcher Dr. Navid Moheimani and his team…

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