Algae for 6-year-olds

Algae for 6-year-olds

Exxon-Mobil is planning ahead for when algae biofuel’s time finally comes. And they are planting seeds for future employees and customers by educating young people, as in this video, where algae research technician Megan Ruhmel shows Farrah what all the fuss is about…

From Pollution to Power

From Pollution to Power

Like many waterways around the world, the Port of Baltimore is polluted with excess nutrients from farm fertilizer runoff, city wastewater and other sources. Algae feast on those nutrients, triggering massive growth that chokes out other aquatic life. Last summer, algal growth left an average of 4.6 cubic kilometers…

Spirulina Microfarm

Spirulina Microfarm

Smart Microfarms has created the first spirulina algae farm in Northern California with year round greenhouse production – a scalable, modular, replicable growing system with web-based remote monitoring that can be installed anywhere. Its fresh, frozen and dehydrated SpiruSource® superfood products…

Algae Bloom Solution?

Algae Bloom Solution?

A research professor on Florida’s Treasure Coast is pointing the blame for the algae blooms in the St. Lucie estuaries to septic tanks. Can that be fixed? WPBF 25 News has the story…

Clean Water with Algae

Clean Water with Algae

The initial impetus was a DOE project involving many labs here in the department of biochemistry,” said James Allen, Senior Research Associate at the University of Nebraska’s Beadle Center. “The idea of it was to utilize things like algae to produce bio-oils or second generation bio-fuels…

Algae Bio-materials

Algae Bio-materials

Maartje Dros and Eric Klarenbeek harvest algae in Camargue, in the South of France. Researching new values for local wetlands as incubators for locally grown bio-materials, their algae lab project explores the potential of growing micro- and macroalgae locally. These algae are then mixed with biopolymers…

SPHIRA Urban Farming

SPHIRA Urban Farming

SPHIRA is a multi-scalar apparatus that focuses on bringing public attention to the portable cultivation and innovative consumption of spirulina by combining a working photobioreactor with the modern gastronomy process of spherification. This fully automated device, controlled by an interactive…

Space Algae Research

Space Algae Research

NASA scientist and astronauts have been experimenting with algae in space. Two specimens recently spent 16 months on the exterior of the International Space Station and became the first plants to make it through these conditions. The researchers are exploring the genetic basis for…

Boosting Crop Yields

Boosting Crop Yields

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in an innovation that can help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas and cassava…

How Algae Becomes Toxic

How Algae Becomes Toxic

A team led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has uncovered the genetic basis for the production of domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin produced by harmful algal blooms…

Algal Biofuels at U of M

Algal Biofuels at U of M

With $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, University of Michigan researchers aim to make the long-touted promise of algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines into a reality. Their goal: create biofuels that work with existing diesel engines and reduce greenhouse gas emissions…

A New Biofuel System

A New Biofuel System

Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation…

Fighting the Bad Algae

Fighting the Bad Algae

Bill Smith reports in the Fort Myers News-Press that a company that manages private lakes throughout Florida is the next contractor that will try to show how it can get rid of blue-green algae that has made thousands of Lee County residents miserable. SOLitude Lake Management will perform demonstration projects…

A Spirulina Snack Break

A Spirulina Snack Break

Courtesy of Health Magazine, here is an oatmeal breakfast bar recipe featuring spirulina powder, that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this healthy and delicious snack…

Bioluminescent Algae

Bioluminescent Algae

David Finlay filmed this footage of the glow caused by a bioluminescent algae, called Noctiluca scintillans, at Jervis Bay, a 102-square-kilometre oceanic bay and village on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, said to possess the whitest sand in the world…

Seaweed Farming, Bali

Seaweed Farming, Bali

A village in Indonesia is harvesting non-food ocean resources sustainably. …

Cutting the Methane

Cutting the Methane

Seaweed may be the super food dairy cattle need to reduce the amount of methane they burp into the atmosphere. Early results from research at the University of California, Davis, indicate that just a touch of the ocean algae in cattle feed could dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions from California’s 1.8 million dairy cows…