Producing high productivity microalgae with flexible composition

Producing high productivity microalgae with flexible composition

I joined Dr. Viamajala’s lab in 2013 working on improving economic and environmental sustainability of algal biodiesel production. My research (funded by DOE and NSF) has focused on addressing the current challenges…

MSU explores biomass cascade conversion

MSU explores biomass cascade conversion

Michigan State U. (MSU) scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project, funded by an approximately $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, unites faculty from the MSU departments of Biosystems…

New algae strain for desert farming

New algae strain for desert farming

Biologists from Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates have engineered a new form of microalgae that can grow rapidly in desert conditions, a discovery they claim could be used to sustainably produce biofuels, animal feed and other bio-based products in otherwise barren environments. The researchers set out…

Photoenzyme allows algae to produce hydrocarbons

Photoenzyme allows algae to produce hydrocarbons

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) reports that an international team has discovered an enzyme which allows microalgae to convert some of their fatty acids into hydrocarbons using light. This discovery is relevant in the quest of sustainable energy production. Researchers at the CEA (French Atomic…

Measuring evolutionary adaptation to climate change

Measuring evolutionary adaptation to climate change

One challenge facing scientists is to measure evolutionary adaptation — how our environment and the complex web of creatures within it, will respond to changes in their environment due to climate change or other human influences. Traditionally, scientists have tested single or pairs of ecological “drivers” of change…

Lomonosov scientists adjust an algal technology for waste

Lomonosov scientists adjust an algal technology for waste

Members of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have proven that, under Nordic conditions, wastewaters could be treated with the help of microalgae, while the algal biomass is suitable for processing into biofuel. The Lomonosov scientists presented the optimized technique…

Did HABs fell the mighty dinosaurs?

Did HABs fell the mighty dinosaurs?

Carolyn Gramling writes in ScienceMag that seventy million years ago animals of all sizes came to drink in a rapidly drying river in northwestern Madagascar, and never left. Tiny birds and mighty dinosaurs were entombed together in the riverbed, forming what is now a spectacular series of mass graves. Last week…

Identifying a cheaper, greener biofuel processing catalyst

Identifying a cheaper, greener biofuel processing catalyst

Many biofuels are costly to produce because the precursor product, bio-oil, must be processed before it is sent to the refinery to be turned into liquid fuel. In search of bringing that cost down, University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute researcher B.K. Sharma and his co-authors have identified and tested a new processing…

Treating arthritis with algae

Treating arthritis with algae

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Empa and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF are pursuing a new approach to treating arthritis. This is based on a polysaccharide, a long-chain sugar molecule, originating from brown algae. When chemically modified, this “alginate” reduces oxidative stress, has an anti-inflammatory effect…

UAE algae could produce alternative to palm oil

UAE algae could produce alternative to palm oil

Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with other groups have discovered that the unique genomic traits that allow local green algae to survive in a desert climate may have far-reaching potential for biotechnical applications. “The alga belongs to the Chloroidium genus…

Serbian scientists develop biofuel from algae

Serbian scientists develop biofuel from algae

Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program and is carried out by Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in cooperation with Manchester University…

Climate change projected to significantly increase HABs

Climate change projected to significantly increase HABs

Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change, according to a team of researchers led by a Tufts University scientist. The team developed a modeling framework that predicts that the largest increase…

Mercury is altering gene expression

Mercury is altering gene expression

The mercury found at very low concentrations in water is concentrated along the entire food chain, from algae via zooplankton to small fish and on to the largest fish – the ones we eat. Mercury causes severe and irreversible neurological disorders in people who have consumed highly contaminated fish…

Sandia testing Salton Sea-grown algae

Sandia testing Salton Sea-grown algae

Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff…

Edible algae’s link to fertility in men

Edible algae’s link to fertility in men

Agricultural and environmental economist, Dr. Jules Siedenburg, writes in MedicalXpress.com about his research of algae and its potential to help poor communities in the global South meet their food needs. While he primarily focuses on algae as a food, he wanted to report what researchers have learned about…

Analyzing algal biofuel with mass spectrometry

Analyzing algal biofuel with mass spectrometry

Scientists have used high-resolution mass spectrometry to determine the composition of a biofuel obtained from the microalgae Spirulina platensis. The researchers studied two biofuel fractions obtained using a special algal mass treatment method. The researchers also proved that biofuel has little…

Advancing biofilm cultivation for algae

Advancing biofilm cultivation for algae

Washington State University researchers have developed a biofilm reactor to grow algae more efficiently, and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Their work was reported in the journal Algal Research. Led by graduate student Sandra Rincon and her advisor, Haluk Beyenal, professor in the…

Sequencing the genome of Porphyra umbilicalis

Sequencing the genome of Porphyra umbilicalis

Michael Abramowitz writes in The Daily Reflector about East Carolina University biologist John Stiller, an associate professor of plant genomics who specializes in the study of molecular evolution and algal genomics. Dr. Stiller serves as a primary researcher on a 50-member team led by the University of Maine…

Multifunctional light-diffusing fibers for algae bioreactors

Multifunctional light-diffusing fibers for algae bioreactors

Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security LAB (J-WAFS) Solutions has the mission of moving water and food technologies from labs at MIT into the commercial world, where they will improve the productivity, accessibility, and sustainability of the world’s water and food systems. J-WAFS awards seed grants of $100,000…

A better understanding of green algae’s evolution

A better understanding of green algae’s evolution

A new jigsaw piece in the evolution of green algae has been identified by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, together with colleagues from Max Planck Institute in Mülheim an der Ruhr, in Germany. They analyzed the hydrogen-producing enzyme of a phylogenetically old alga. The team, headed by…

Could algae be dairy’s next food source?

Could algae be dairy’s next food source?

Jennifer Coyne, writes in the University of Minnesota’s Dairy Star that assistant professor of renewable energy Robert Gardner and his research team think that algae could be the next ingredient used in dairy rations alongside corn and soybeans. Dr. Gardner presented his preliminary research findings during the…

LANL and Sapphire team for algal research

LANL and Sapphire team for algal research

The recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts, includes a project involving Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Shawn Starkenburg working with Alina Corcoran…

Sequenced green algae show large genomic variation

Sequenced green algae show large genomic variation

A decade after the complete representative genomes of three Ostreococcus picoplankton groups were sequenced, researchers have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of 13 members of a natural Ostreococcus population. The analysis revealed that the O. tauri population is larger than anticipated, with high…

Researching at Cambridge U’s Algal Innovation Centre

Researching at Cambridge U’s Algal Innovation Centre

Paul Brackley writes in the Cambridge Independent about the Algal Innovation Centre at Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden. Built at a cost of £500,000 by the University, including £188,600 from a European Union project to research alternatives to fossil fuels, the center opened at the Botanic Garden…

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