NCMA designated as international patent depository

NCMA designated as international patent depository

The National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) in East Boothbay, Maine, has been designated an international depository authority (IDA) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), making it eligible to accept and hold algae and bacteria for patent applications worldwide. Such designations…

Cleaning wastewater with euglena

Cleaning wastewater with euglena

Joelle Kovach writes in the Peterborough Examiner that a company developing new technologies using the algae euglena to purify water has opened a new facility near Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. Noble Purification was founded by Adam Noble, 21, a medical student. So far, the two-year-old company…

Improving algal biocrude from hydrothermal liquefaction

Improving algal biocrude from hydrothermal liquefaction

Biocrude oil obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algae can be an energy-efficient replacement for the fossil crude oil normally used in the production of fuels. HTL is a high-pressure, high-temperature process that allows scientists to mimic, in a matter of minutes, the natural geological processes…

Algal genes advancing pacemaker technology

Algal genes advancing pacemaker technology

Technion researchers in Israel have successfully established a new approach for pacing the heart and synchronizing its mechanical activity without the use of a conventional electrical pacemaker. This novel biologic strategy employs light-sensitive algal genes that can be injected into the heart and then activated…

Increasing gas production from algae in anaerobic digesters

Increasing gas production from algae in anaerobic digesters

Water and wastewater utilities are dealing with separated algae waste from water reservoirs and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent holding ponds, respectively. This algae waste is typically hauled to landfills or composting facilities for disposal. In some cases, separated algae waste is added…

Scientists offer plan to recycle algal blooms

Scientists offer plan to recycle algal blooms

A multi-pronged nutrient bio-remediation system is the goal of a team of scientists who will present their research this week for cleaning up algae blooms in critical waterways and turning them into useful products. Their work will be discussed at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society…

3D printing with algae

3D printing with algae

In an article in the latest issue of Engineering in Life Sciences, Lisa-Marie Rauschendorfer writes about a rarely discussed application of microalgae. As they are sensitive to a range of contaminants, they also can be used as biosensors. The harvesting of cells for such applications from suspensions traditionally…

New method for drying microalgae

New method for drying microalgae

A team of researchers from the University of Almeria (UAL) has patented a method for dehydrating microalgae and producing cheaper biofuel. By applying a technique for drying the algae, scientists from the biotechnology group managed to reduce by more than one third the breeding ground of these organisms…

Cultivating algae in cool climates, like Finland

Cultivating algae in cool climates, like Finland

The cultivation of algae for biofuels and other products is challenging in cool climates where there is little daylight in winter. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation…

Coalgae introduced in South Africa

Coalgae introduced in South Africa

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is about to host the first public showcase of their Coalgae™ technology, an outgrowth of the Microalgae-to-Energy Project begun in 2009 to promote late generation biofuels in support…

Algae tested for use in roofing tiles

Algae tested for use in roofing tiles

According to www.materia.nl, tests recently completed by Algaecom and Icopal, in Groningen (Netherlands), have demonstrated that algae can be grown in the waste-stream of a bitumen factory, and that these algae can then be used in the…

OriginOil Launches EWS Model 12 Algae Harvester

OriginOil Launches EWS Model 12 Algae Harvester

OriginOil, Inc. has announced that it has tripled the capacity of its entry-level algae harvester from four to twelve liters per minute at no additional cost, with improved energy efficiency…

Cellectis engineering genome of diatoms for biofuel

Cellectis engineering genome of diatoms for biofuel

At the recent “Molecular Life of Diatoms” meeting in Paris, France, genome engineering specialists, Cellectis, announced that they have successfully used engineered nucleases to genetically…

Phenometrics Environmental Photo Bioreactor™

Phenometrics Environmental Photo Bioreactor™

The computer controlled Environmental Photo BioReactor (ePBR™) from Phenometrics recreates the environmental conditions such as temperature, light intensity and CO2, enabling scientists to study algae…

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