Mixed-growth microalgae starch for biodiesel

Mixed-growth microalgae starch for biodiesel

The MEHR News Agency reports that two Iranian researchers, Morteza Hassanpour and Mahsa Abbasabadi, are pursuing a project to enrich starch-producing microalgae in a mixed growth medium for manufacturing biodiesel fuel. The starch stored in microalgae is the basic substance for the fermentation process…

New algae species found in Hawaii’s deep waters

New algae species found in Hawaii’s deep waters

Scientists working with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae from Hawaii. Marine algae, or limu, are very important in Hawaiian culture, used in foods, ceremonies and as adornments in traditional hula. The new species of limu were collected…

2016 — Israel’s year of algae?

2016 — Israel’s year of algae?

Abigail Klein Leichman writes in ISRAEL21c that, in the rush to research algae-based technologies, Israel – as a startup nation itself – is at the forefront of much of the leading innovation emerging in this field. “Israel is considered an empire in microalgae technologies…

Brown algae most studied for use in feed

Brown algae most studied for use in feed

Emmy Koeleman writes in All About Feed & Dairy Global about a review in the Journal of Animal Feed Science and Technology that looked at the different seaweeds available and how they can be used for ruminants, pigs, poultry and rabbits. Seaweeds are valuable alternative feeds for livestock…

Efficient transfer of CO2 to microalgal systems

Efficient transfer of CO2 to microalgal systems

Researchers have developed a new inexpensive and environmentally friendly technique to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, according to a study at the University of Melbourne. The technique involves a novel combination of solvent absorption, membrane desorption and microalgal cultivation…

Drexel University cleaning wastewater with algae

Drexel University cleaning wastewater with algae

A blob of algae scooped from a fountain on South Street, in Philadelphia, PA almost two years ago has seeded a crop of the green stuff that Drexel University researchers claim is more effective at treating wastewater than many of the processes employed in municipal facilities today…

Optimizing CO2 efficiency and luminescence in PBRs

Optimizing CO2 efficiency and luminescence in PBRs

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, have published a report on their study of microalgae cultivated in photobioreactors at different CO2 concentrations and luminescent conditions. Their report is published in Elsevier’s Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 85, February 2016…

Can PACE project drive algal biofuels to marketability?

Can PACE project drive algal biofuels to marketability?

Dr. Richard Sayre, a scientist in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium, writes in the Santa Fe New Mexican about a new research project led by Los Alamos National Laboratory that seeks to drive algal biofuels to marketability…

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large “antenna.” This antenna helps them capture light energy in an efficient way, while also providing protection against damage to the photosynthesis mechanism of the…

Algal blooms — the new normal

Algal blooms — the new normal

While researchers have long suspected that climate change will lead to stronger and more frequent algal blooms, a new fusion of climate models and watershed models has proven those suspicions right: For Lake Erie, at least, the number of severe blooms will likely double over the next 100 years. The findings hold…

Did green plants really come from terrestrial algae?

Did green plants really come from terrestrial algae?

Plant biologists agree that it all began with green algae. At some point in our planet’s history, the common ancestor of trees, ferns, and flowers developed an alternating life cycle — presumably allowing their offspring to float inland and conquer Earth. But Danish scientists have just suggested, in Trends in Plant Science, that some…

IIASA study shows algae’s potential as a livestock feed

IIASA study shows algae’s potential as a livestock feed

A new study from International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) researchers suggests that algae could become an important feed for livestock that could potentially contribute to a major cut in greenhouse gas emissions over the next 80 years. The study, published in the open-access journal…

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Chen Wei-han of the Taipei Times reports that a National Taiwan University (NTU) research team has announced the formulation of a synthetic nanoparticle that is able to extract oil from algae and turn it into biodiesel. The team, led by NTU chemistry professor Chia-wen Wu, synthesized a magnetic nanoparticle for…

UW researchers sequence haptophyte genome

UW researchers sequence haptophyte genome

There’s an ancient group of algae so numerous that their gigantic blooms can affect the weather, and they account for 30 to 40 percent of all photosynthesis in the world’s oceans. Recently, scientists at the University of Washington sequenced the complete genetic makeup of one of these algae…

Algae process improving crop yields

Algae process improving crop yields

Researchers studying a biological process that enables tiny green algae to grow efficiently have taken the first steps to recreating the mechanism in a more complex plant. Their findings could lead to the breeding of high yield varieties of common crops such as wheat, rice and barley…

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Arizona State University (ASU) a three-year, $1 million grant to fund the Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Capture and Membrane Delivery project aimed at enabling more large-scale cultivation of microalgae. ASU engineer Dr. Bruce Rittmann and physicist Dr. Klaus Lackner…

Algae research partnership formed in Qatar

Algae research partnership formed in Qatar

The Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) and Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC) recently signed an agreement to establish a joint project to research algae-based bio products. The agreement aims to support high-quality research and development activities…

Algae help to understand brain function

Algae help to understand brain function

The same lipid that helps algae swim toward the light also appears to enable one type of brain cell to keep cerebrospinal fluid moving, researchers report. The lipid is ceramide, long known to help keep skin smooth, and now Medical College of Georgia researchers have found ceramide helps make…

Denmark’s Symbiosis Center explores algae’s potential

Denmark’s Symbiosis Center explores algae’s potential

The Symbiosis Center in Denmark is exploring the industrial potential of microalgae, reports EUobserver’s Regional Focus magazine. Using CO2 and light to produce valuable biomass, which can then be used in the manufacture of high-value products, has captured the attention of researchers as well as government…

Neiker-Tecnalia identifies microalgae with omega-3 oil

Neiker-Tecnalia identifies microalgae with omega-3 oil

Scientists at the Neiker-Tecnalia R&D Centre have identified and isolated a set of microalgae species belonging to the Thraustochytridos family that have high levels of lipids and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The research is being funded by the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the…

Chlamydomonas study shows nature’s coping mechanism

Chlamydomonas study shows nature’s coping mechanism

A small freshwater algal strain that has evolved to live in harsh seawater is giving scientists insight into how living things adapt to changes in their environment. The findings could help scientists better understand how species have been able to adapt to major shifts of circumstances in the past, such as transferring from…

Recycling harmful algae blooms into battery electrodes

Recycling harmful algae blooms into battery electrodes

Lisa Zyga writes for techxplore.com that a few researchers – during last year’s disastrous algae bloom that shut down Toledo’s water system — collected some of the toxic Harmful Algae Bloom (HABs), and have now shown that, by heating them at temperatures of 700-1000 °C in argon gas, the HABs can be converted into…

Algal ancestors of land plants were predestined

Algal ancestors of land plants were predestined

When the algal ancestor of modern land plants made the transition from aquatic environments to an inhospitable shore 450 million years ago, it changed the world by dramatically altering climate and setting the stage for the vast array of terrestrial life. The genetic and developmental innovations plants used to make…

Creating edible algae for space travel

Creating edible algae for space travel

Robert Evatt writes in TulsaWorld.com about a vast array of extremely complex technical hurdles in flying astronauts all the way to Mars, not the least of which being “what will the astronauts eat?” Parameswar Harikumar, an associate professor at the University of Tulsa’s (TU) Department of Physics and Engineering…

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