DeuSEL project: “practical” algal-based biofuel by 2018

DeuSEL project: “practical” algal-based biofuel by 2018

In Japan, Isuzu Motors Co. Ltd. and Euglena have joined efforts in the DeuSEL project, aiming at the practical use of microalgal-based biofuel by 2018. The project is divided into two major components, defined by each of the partners. Euglena will be responsible for the R&D for cultivating the euglena microalgae…

Toxic blue-green algae adapting to rising CO2

Toxic blue-green algae adapting to rising CO2

A team of microbiologists at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are reporting that many toxin-producing algal varieties are even more adept at handling changing climatic conditions than scientists previously thought. This finding is reported in the journal PNAS this week, and has implications for clean drinking water, swimming…

Bentley research fellow planning algae commercialization

Bentley research fellow planning algae commercialization

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Michael Walsh, a research fellow in Bentley University’s Center for Integration of Science and Industry, who holds a doctorate in biological and environmental engineering, is developing a business commercialization plan to use industrially cultivated algae for…

Algal blooms — finding the culprit

Algal blooms — finding the culprit

The water sample taken from the St. Lucie River near the coastline of Ft. Pierce, Florida was loaded with blue-green algae when it arrived in Ben Spaulding’s lab in Scarborough, Maine. As laboratory manager for Fluid Imaging Technologies, Mr. Spaulding ran the thick, green sample through the company’s FlowCam Cyano…

Studying the ALS-algae link

Studying the ALS-algae link

Mike Cote writes in the New Hampshire Union Leader that the link between ALS and cyanobacteria present in algae blooms was first traced to Guam in the 1950s, according to Dr. Elijah Stommel, a professor of neurology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Stommel is working with Applied GeoSolutions of Newmarket…

Algal “toolkit” discovered to repair proteins

Algal “toolkit” discovered to repair proteins

A new way of fixing inactive proteins has been discovered in an alga, which uses chloroplast extracts and light to release an interrupting sequence from a protein. Research specialist Stephen Campbell and Professor David Stern at the Boyce Thompson Institute, in Ithaca, NY…

CYCLALG algae research consortium targets biodiesel

CYCLALG algae research consortium targets biodiesel

A consortium of six R&D centers in the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and France – NEIKER-Tecnalia, National Centre of Renewable Energies, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association of Industry of Navarre, Association for the Environment and Safety in Aquitaine, and the Centre for the Application and…

India to join EU research on drugs from cyanobacteria

India to join EU research on drugs from cyanobacteria

S V Krishna Chaitanya writes for newindianexpress that India is set to join an elite European Union (EU) research group aiming at discovering new drug molecules. These include anti-cancerous, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiprotozoal molecules, from cyanobacteria (blue green algae) found in marine and…

How bacteria manage algal gardens

How bacteria manage algal gardens

Andy Coghlan reports in New Scientist.com about research that shows how Roseobacter, a type of marine bacteria, tends algae using “pesticides” to keep other microbes away. Understanding how Roseobacter does this could help us better understand nutrient circulation in the world’s oceans, where the bacteria and…

Algae’s dramatic survival gambit

Algae’s dramatic survival gambit

In a recent study, scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have determined the molecular mechanisms which microalgae apply in order to switch from rapid cell division to growth-arrest during times of acute nutrient deficiency…

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…

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