Know Your Diatoms

Know Your Diatoms

Diatoms are a major group of algae and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. Diatoms are unicellular organism, although they can form colonies. They have cell walls made of glass. Diatoms belong to the kingdom Protista. There are at least 100,000 species of diatoms that have been discovered…

UT Algae Research

UT Algae Research

Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that algae into useful products. The University of Toledo was recently awarded nearly $2.4 million by the United States Department of Energy to develop a way…

The Algae Dome

The Algae Dome

IKEA’s external future-living lab SPACE10 presented at this year’s CHART art fair 2017 in Copenhagen a four-meter-high pavilion, that not only provides a unique spatial experience for visitors, but also employs a running photo-bioreactor to grow algae. The aim is to give people a taste of what could be a superfood of the future…

Feeding the Planet

Feeding the Planet

Genetically engineered microalgae could become an important food of the future, and scientists at UC San Diego have taken a step closer to that reality with an outdoor field trial approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The scientists inserted two genes into the algae — one a fluorescent…

Survival Biofuel DIY

Survival Biofuel DIY

All we can tell you about this one is that it is a Survival Chemistry Project by a Villanova College student on the topic “Help! I’m stuck on this island and my diesel fuel boat has run out of fuel. How can I make some more with this algae?”…

The Rise of Algae

The Rise of Algae

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist…

Testing Your Spirulina

Testing Your Spirulina

This video, put out by Spirulina Project, shows how to test your spirulina under a microscope and what you should be looking for to check the contamination of your culture…

Reishi & Spirulina

Reishi & Spirulina

A small-scale grower demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between microalgae and mushrooms…

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

Bob McCauley, a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant who sells chlorella and spirulina on his web blog, addresses a common question among his clientele: spirulina or chlorella — which is the way to go? “The most powerful foods on earth are Spirulina Plantensis and Chlorella Pyrenoidosa…

Nature’s Own Sunscreen

Nature’s Own Sunscreen

Growing algae to harvest nature’s own sunscreen could replace synthetic varieties, sometimes blamed for adverse effects on human skin. “These tiny, microscopic algae that are living in the sea protect themselves against the harsh sun rays and they do this by producing a suite of compounds that have very…

Ultrasonic Algae Control

Ultrasonic Algae Control

Designed to be an environmentally friendly long-term solution for addressing algal blooms, while maintaining a healthy ecosystem, LG Sonic’s MPC-Buoy reduces algae up to 90% in lakes and reservoirs. The MPC-Buoy combines online water quality monitoring and ultrasound technology to provide an algae…

One for the Kids

One for the Kids

Natural product, nutrition and biotechnology industry consultant Dr. Mark JS Miller, dives into the science behind nutritional supplements. In this installment, Dr. Miller breaks down astaxanthin, the powerful and increasingly popular antioxidant made from microalgae…

Spirulina Solution

Spirulina Solution

“Africa 2030” is a grassroots organization, established in 2014, in Israel. Its members include an international group of people — African and non-African – who care deeply about Africa’s future and want to help both people and wildlife, which the organization sees as interconnected. The organizers believe there is only one long-term…

SGI/Exxon’s Advancement

SGI/Exxon’s Advancement

San Diego-based Synthetic Genomics and oil giant Exxon Mobil announced earlier this week that they have created a genetically modified strain of algae that takes a step closer to making renewable, carbon-neutral fuel grown in algae ponds a reality…

MIRACLES of Algae

MIRACLES of Algae

EuroNews met with the scientists working on a European research project fittingly named “MIRACLES” – Multi-product Integrated bioRefinery of Algae: from Carbon dioxide and Light Energy to high-value Specialties. An industry-driven R&D and innovation project, MIRACLES is aimed at developing integrated, multiple-product…

360º NREL Algae Lab Tour

360º NREL Algae Lab Tour

Explore the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s algae lab as researcher Nick Sweeney takes you on a 360-degree tour of the algal biofuels research facility. Discover how NREL is growing algae to learn how it can be used as a renewable source of food, fuels, and other products…

In Memory of Dr. Milt

In Memory of Dr. Milt

The algae industry lost a giant this past month – Arizona State University’s lead researcher, Dr. Milton Sommerfeld. A veteran of the industry-spawning Aquatic Species Program, Dr. Sommerfeld until most recently was a Professor in the Department of Applied Biological Sciences and Co-director of the…

Motorcycle on Algae Oil

Motorcycle on Algae Oil

Crop Biotech Update passes along that Peter Mooij, a scientist from Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, has developed a method to grow algae in salt water for oil production. Mooij’s friend, Ritsert Mans, then designed a motorcycle to be powered by the biofuel. The two friends said that the fact that algae oil could…

The Tiny Organism

The Tiny Organism

And now, here’s a very well-produced ExxonMobile commercial about the potential of algae biofuels…

UCSD’s GE Algae Test

UCSD’s GE Algae Test

Scientists at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetically engineered algae. In a series of experiments funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the researchers tested…

DSM and Evonik Omega-3

DSM and Evonik Omega-3

DSM and Evonik have established a joint venture for omega-3 fatty acid products from natural marine algae for animal nutrition. This will enable the production of omega-3 fatty acids for animal nutrition, beginning with salmon, without using fish oil from wild caught fish, a finite resource…

Euglena Jet Fuel

Euglena Jet Fuel

Innovation Japan takes a look at the work being done with the microalga euglena to yield diesel and jet fuel in the near future, in their series on solutions to various challenges that the world faces….

A Natural Sunscreen

A Natural Sunscreen

The UV-blocking properties of microalgae could offer an abundant natural sunscreen alternative that is just as effective say British researchers. According to Carole Llewellyn, Associate Professor of Applied Aquatic Bioscience at Swansea University, “These tiny, microscopic algae that are living in the sea…

Plankton 101

Plankton 101

Shawn McCall takes us on a field trip to collect some plankton, and better understand this important component of the marine ecosystem as well as provider of the oxygen we breathe. This video is a great starting point for the whole family to learn about the role plankton play in our oceans and lives…

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