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…

Microalgal biodiesel tests in Chile show much lower emissions

Microalgal biodiesel tests in Chile show much lower emissions

Fis.com reports that the first Chilean tests of microalgae biodiesel in high-powered diesel engines show that a reduction of gases emissions and particulate matter of up to 80 per cent can be achieved in engines like those used by Trans-Santiago buses and trucks. The measurements were carried out within the framework of a…

Predicting climate change via mesocosms

Predicting climate change via mesocosms

Carl Zimmer writes in The New York Times about a team of Australian scientists studying how climate change will alter ecosystems – by using miniature ecosystems, called mesocosms, designed to simulate the effects of climate change. The experiments are already revealing dangers that would have been missed had researchers…

Fixing the role of nitrogen in coral bleaching

Fixing the role of nitrogen in coral bleaching

Excess nitrogen has shown to disrupt coral-algae symbiosis, triggering bleaching even in the absence of heat and light stress. With coral bleaching events intensifying as global sea temperatures rise, this is an important finding in the race to understand the mechanisms behind bleaching and ways to reduce the devastating…

High school junior awarded for algae research

High school junior awarded for algae research

In Virginia, the McLean Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded Rose Rasty, a junior at George C. Marshall High School, the 2017 STEM Excellence Award at the AAUW Branch Annual Dinner, May 25. This year’s award recognized the work done by Ms. Rasty…

Dissecting an algal bloom

Dissecting an algal bloom

A new U.S. Geological Survey study that looked at the extensive harmful algal bloom that plagued Florida last year found far more types of cyanobacteria present than previously known. Twenty-eight species of cyanobacteria were identified in the extensive bloom, which occurred in the summer of 2016 in southern…

UC collaboration unlocks C. zofingiensis

UC collaboration unlocks C. zofingiensis

Scientists have learned in the past decade that the tiny, single-celled alga Chromochloris zofingiensis could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and that it produces astaxanthin. In new research, plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have sequenced the green…

Analyzing a strange symbiosis

Analyzing a strange symbiosis

George Dvorsky writes in Gizmodo.com that, in a scientific first, researchers have discovered a bizarre inter-species relationship in which salamanders and algae cozy up together to share cells. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why these two very different organisms have adopted such an intimate arrangement…

NREL and high school team for algal space project

NREL and high school team for algal space project

Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield High School to the International Space Station disintegrated 139 seconds into its flight. That could have put an end to the collaboration between the students and researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy…

On the intrigue surrounding astaxanthin

On the intrigue surrounding astaxanthin

Jasenka Piljac Zegarac writes in nutritionaloutlook.com that the health-promoting properties of astaxanthin, the red, fat-soluble pigment found in freshwater microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis, continue to intrigue health-savvy consumers worldwide. According to a 2015 report from Research and Markets, the global market…

An algal predictor to ecosystem collapse

An algal predictor to ecosystem collapse

Gabriel Popkin writes in Science that a new study promises a way to predict — and possibly head off — catastrophic ecosystem failures and the collapse of species that support those ecosystems, with just one measurement. For years, scientists studying lakes and other ecosystems have predicted collapses before they happen…

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