Euglena gracillis’ appetite for pollutants

Euglena gracillis’ appetite for pollutants

Tim Lougheed reports for the Canadian Chemical News that an entrepreneurial effort based in the lake-dotted Peterborough region of Ontario is enlisting a strain of algae in an effort to make local water as clean as possible. Euglena gracillis has an appetite for pollutants such as phosphorus…

Algal compound a promising anesthetic

Algal compound a promising anesthetic

Anesthesiologynews.com reports that the first-in-human trial of an algal compound used for anesthetic purposes was reported at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans and was named the “Best Clinical Abstract.” “Neosaxitoxin has prolonged local anesthesia when…

A*STAR finds another way to harvest algae

A*STAR finds another way to harvest algae

Nanowerk News reports that A*STAR researchers in Singapore have successfully demonstrated how waste biomass from fungal fermentation processes could be used to bind to and harvest microalgae being used in other biotechnology applications. The researchers have demonstrated this procedure…

Algal malaria vaccine advances

Algal malaria vaccine advances

Using a malaria parasite protein produced from algae, paired with an immune-boosting cocktail suitable for use in humans, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine generated antibodies in mice that nearly eliminated mosquito infection by the malaria parasite. The method, published Feb. 17…

EnAlgae symposium examines algae research around the world

EnAlgae symposium examines algae research around the world

EnAlgae, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, is hosting a symposium showcasing new research on microalgae coming from the UK and further afield, through collaborative projects. The Algae Around the World Symposium will be held March 19, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 06:00 in the Sainsbury Laboratory…

Replacing fish oil with algae in salmon feed

Replacing fish oil with algae in salmon feed

Fish oil is an ideal source of omega-3 in salmon feed, but the capacity to produce farmed salmon using fish oil as the main source of omega-3 in feed is limited, if the farmed salmon itself is to remain a rich source of omega-3. This means that the salmon feed industry needs access to large volumes of new ingredients…

Two algal species discovered in India

Two algal species discovered in India

K.S. Rajgopal writes in TheHindu.com that two bloom-forming algal species were newly discovered recently off the west coast of India. Named Ulva paschima Bast, and Cladophora goensis Bast, the species were discovered by Dr. Felix Bast and two research students working with him, Satej Bhushan and…

Optimizing photosynthetic efficiency in algae PBRs

Optimizing photosynthetic efficiency in algae PBRs

In a recent study, published in PLOS ONE Journal, the influence of light intensity on the growth and lipid productivity of Nannochloropsis salina was investigated in a flat-bed photobioreactor designed to minimize cells self-shading. The influence of various light intensities was studied with both continuous…

Producing two biofuels from Isochrysis algae

Producing two biofuels from Isochrysis algae

Researchers Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the microalgae Isochrysis to synthesize both biodiesel and jet fuel, in parallel. The new study was…

Observing photosynthesis in 3D

Observing photosynthesis in 3D

Photosynthesis sustains most of the life on our planet. It harvests energy from sunlight, while generating oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The process takes place in the chloroplasts of plants and algae. Researchers in the team of Wolfgang Baumeister at the Max Planck Institute…

Green algae may treat macular degeneration

Green algae may treat macular degeneration

Liz Freeman reports for the Naples News on a connection between green algae and the potential to restore vision in people with macular degeneration. RetroSense Therapeutics, a biotechnology company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, intends to launch a human clinical trial later this year that involves a gene found in green algae…

Algae react to stress hormone

Algae react to stress hormone

Land-based plants — including the fruits and vegetables in your kitchen — produce and respond to hormones in order to survive. Scientists once believed that hormone-signaling machinery only existed in these relatively complex plants. But new research from the University of Maryland shows that some…

Making paper from seaweed

Making paper from seaweed

Allan Koay writes in thestar.com about a Universiti Malaya research project paving the way for the commercial production of paper pulp and bioethanol from seaweed. The Algae Research Lab at the university in Kuala Lumpur houses machines – all manufactured in South Korea—for making pulp from a species of red…

Sustainable aquaculture program in Viet Nam

Sustainable aquaculture program in Viet Nam

The Fish Site reports that, to both reduce this environmental impact and improve the nutritional value of farmed fish and shrimp, the “Nutritious-system feeding concept; nourishing Vietnamese ponds to produce quality seafood” project has been created. Launched on November 20, 2014, in Ho Chi Minh City…

Cyanobacteria: good-bad, blue-green, algae-not algae

Cyanobacteria: good-bad, blue-green, algae-not algae

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae because of their color, have endured for more than 2.5 billion years, providing ample time to adapt to changes in the Earth’s biosphere. They live in water where a diet heavy in nitrogen and phosphorus, combined with global warming, can prompt them to produce…

Optimizing algae cultivation with LED lighting

Optimizing algae cultivation with LED lighting

Phys.org reports that, in collaboration with the Berlin, Germany LED manufacturer FutureLED, scientists at the Technische Universität München have developed a unique combination of light and climate simulation to optimize algae cultivation. “Nobody can really predict whether algae from the tropics…

Algae strain adapts to low light

Algae strain adapts to low light

Researchers working on the EnAlgae project at Plymouth Marine Laboratory have made a discovery that some algae strains are better able to make use of the low levels of light found when the algae are cultured on a large scale. Dr. Ruth Airs and co-workers, working with Dr. Carole Llewellyn, discovered…

Researching diatoms as insulation material

Researching diatoms as insulation material

Dr. Mufit Akinc, a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, are working to develop next-generation insulation materials for freezers, refrigerated trucks, buildings and other heating and cooling applications…

Raising chickens on algal-boosted feed

Raising chickens on algal-boosted feed

Eleanore O’Neil, a food science major at Cornell University, researches the diets of commercial chickens in the animal science lab of Prof. Xin Gen Lei, to plan for higher production levels as the world’s population increases. Many chickens that are raised for either meat or egg production live predominantly on diets of corn…

Investigating the night life of Chlamydomonas

Investigating the night life of Chlamydomonas

Photosynthesis is probably the most well-known aspect of plant biochemistry. It enables plants, algae, and select bacteria to transform the energy from sunlight during the daytime into chemical energy in the form of sugars and starches (as well as oils and proteins), and it involves taking in carbon dioxide from the…

New theories on plants’ evolution from algae

New theories on plants’ evolution from algae

Norm Wickett, Ph.D.,
a conservation scientist working in genomics and bioinformatics
 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, writes for National Geographic that we have known for quite some time that all land plants share a common ancestor with green algae. But, there has been some debate as to what form of algae is the closest…

Algal discovery aids cancer research

Algal discovery aids cancer research

A team of Michigan State University algae researchers have discovered a cellular “snooze button” that has the potential to improve biofuel production and offer insight into the early stages of cancer. The discovery that the protein CHT7 is a likely repressor…

Tracing light from algae to plants

Tracing light from algae to plants

Researchers have determined the origin of a group of protein-based light sensors in land plants and a series of related phytoplankton by sequencing and comparing RNA in these genomes. Marine phytoplankton are considered responsible for roughly half…

Red algae fermentation for ethanol

Red algae fermentation for ethanol

Business Korea reports that a Korean research team headed by Choi In-gul, a professor at the Department of Biotechnology at Korea University, has successfully defined the fermentation process of red algae and found a clue to making ethanol…

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