Hydrogen synthesis from green algae

Hydrogen synthesis from green algae

Science Daily reports that researchers from Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum, one of the largest universities in Germany, have engineered a hydrogen-producing enzyme in the test tube that works as efficiently as the original. The protein — a so-called hydrogenase from green algae — is made up of a protein scaffold and a cofactor…

Harvesting algae as a biofilm

Harvesting algae as a biofilm

In research by Aravindan Rajendran and Bo Hu published recently in Biotechnology for Biofuels, they describe the development of a novel platform technology using algae and fungal cultures. While microalgae is considered a promising source for biofuel and bioenergy production, bio-remediation and production of high-value…

An alga-rithm to save the coral

An alga-rithm to save the coral

Northwestern University researchers have developed a quantitative tool that might help bring back coral from the brink of extinction. The novel algorithm could help assess and predict the future of coral bleaching events by better understanding the coral’s symbiotic partner: algae. “Coral is not an independent organism…

A breakthrough in fish-free aquaculture feed?

A breakthrough in fish-free aquaculture feed?

Scientists at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia, the second most farmed fish in the world and the most widely farmed in the United States. The findings, which appear in the open-access journal PLOS ONE…

RIT partners with Synergy Biogas on algae project

RIT partners with Synergy Biogas on algae project

Rochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas are exploring the environmental benefits of microalgae to clean agricultural wastewater and make biofuels. Jeff Lodge, associate professor in RIT’s Thomas Gosnell School of Life Sciences, is running the three-month pilot program at Synergy Biogas…

Can seaweed cure food allergies?

Can seaweed cure food allergies?

Edible seaweed are low-calorie and packed with nutrients. Now scientists have found that a type of commercial red macroalgae could help counteract food allergies. They report their findings, using mice, in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (May 17, 2016). Food allergies are a major global health issue that can…

Manipulating microalgae to build valuable compounds

Manipulating microalgae to build valuable compounds

Researchers from Copenhagen Plant Science Centre at University of Copenhagen have succeeded in manipulating a strain of microalgae to form complex molecules to an unprecedented extent, they say, possibly paving the way for an efficient, inexpensive and environmentally friendly method of producing a variety…

ASU scores chunk of $10M DOE funding for bioenergy R&D

ASU scores chunk of $10M DOE funding for bioenergy R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, Delaware, and Illinois, will support the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO)…

How algal cells recycle components during scarcity

How algal cells recycle components during scarcity

To cope with changes in its aquatic environment and the nutrient deficiencies that may result, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a mobile single-cell alga, must adapt its metabolism for subsistence, notably in terms of sugar. The latter is produced by photosynthesis. To this end, plants and algae use internal cell structures…

CAB-Comm reports on six years of algal research

CAB-Comm reports on six years of algal research

The Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its six years of operation. CAB-Comm was established in 2010 through a competitive award…

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…

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