Algae-based alternative to single-use packaging

Natashah Hitti reports in dezeen.com that Chile-based designer Margarita Talep has created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae. Disappointed by the abundance of non-recyclable materials currently used to contain food products, Ms. Talep…

Culturing agent agar hit by seaweed shortage

Ewen Callaway writes in the jounal Nature that restrictions on harvests and exports of Gelidium seaweed in Morocco have affected the global supply of the lab reagent agar. Microbiology’s most important reagent is in short supply, with potential consequences for research, public health and clinical… [Read the full story]

New report explores agar market

A new report by Future Market Insights explores the agar market – with a global industry analysis and opportunity assessment 2015-2025. Agar is a gelatinous substance that is usually extracted from algae. It is derived from polysaccharide agarose, which is a crucial supporting structure in the cell walls…