Get Personal With Algae

Here’s one to forward to someone in your life who is open to including algae in their nutritional regimen but might not know where to begin. From WCIU’s You & Me This Morning segment, Sarah Baker from Balanced Babe shares three different ways to incorporate this nutritional superstar into your daily routine…

German soft drink market promoting algae

Julia Buech writes for Mintel Research that, as concerns over the health and environmental impacts of eating meat have grown in Germany, so too has interest in alternative protein sources, including seaweeds such as algae, chlorella and spirulina. Indeed, Mintel research finds three out of five German consumers…

New theories on plants’ evolution from algae

Norm Wickett, Ph.D.,
a conservation scientist working in genomics and bioinformatics
 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, writes for National Geographic that we have known for quite some time that all land plants share a common ancestor with green algae. But, there has been some debate as to what form of algae is the closest…

Returning frozen algae to life at NREL

At the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and at dozens of other labs nationwide, cryogenically stored algae emerge from their frigid and foggy environment to live again…

Algae 101: Part 81

The recent Algae101 posts established how algae solutions can provide means for reducing pesticide exposure through application on field crops and for therapeutics that moderate and, in some cases, treat symptomology for autism spectrum…

Algae 101: Part 80

Previous Algae 101 posts proposed algae solutions to pesticide exposure to reverse the terrible expanding autism epidemic among our children. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S. Autism currently…

OriginOil Addresses Bacteria Removal in Harvested Algae

OriginOil, Inc. has announced that its algae harvesting process reduces bacterial concentrations by as much as 99%, suggesting that this could extend the shelf life of liquid algae concentrate from…

U. of M. Develops One-Minute Oil Change

University of Michigan engineering researchers have demonstrated that they can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and transform 65 percent of the biomass into biocrude…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 3

Since the 1980s, French charitable and non-governmental organizations have been building and operating small spirulina algae systems in Africa and Asia using appropriate technology and developing simple and effective growing and processing systems…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk

Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm, in Columbus, New Mexico, is the biggest gamble on the table for commercial-scale algae to fuel. With over $300 million in investments and loan guarantees…

Algae and National Security: Part 1

This series is the first time algae food production systems, peace microfarms, have been positioned as a strategic tool for U.S. national security. Numerous civilian and military experts have made the case for the strategic…

Algae as an Art Feedstock

The Huffington Post’s Madeline Schwartzman reports on the growing trend of algae becoming an artist feedstock, in addition to it’s many wondrous practical applications. The organism is now making its way…

University Research Heats up as Algae Applications Grow

As the algae industry begins to commercialize a wide variety of product types, universities worldwide are joining in the search for improved strains, higher performance processes and breakthroughs…

UCSD Chemists Develop Protein Reverse Tagging Method

Chemists at UC San Diego have developed a method that for the first time provides scientists the ability to attach chemical probes onto proteins and subsequently remove them in a repeatable cycle…

NASA’s OMEGA Program at a Crossroads

Biofuels are my passion, but they have had rather bad press, from complaints about displacing food production to the inefficiency of soybeans and the carbon footprint of ethanol. Microalgae have a low profile…

Algae 101: Part 49

Modern societies are built around cheap energy that has been extracted for about 150 years. Our food, shelter, transportation and lifestyles consume massive amounts of fossil fuels. Globally, peak oil occurred in 2008 even…

University Ecologists Urge GE Algae Scrutiny

Writing in the August 2012 issue of the journal BioScience, university professors from Ohio State U. and U. of Kansas suggest that, as algae are high on the genetic…

Berkeley Labs Finds New Way to Penetrate Algae Cells

From the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) comes news that scientists from there and Stanford University have developed a way to send molecules and…

Algae 101: Part 48

New medical research shows significant positive effect for omega-3 fatty acids ingested with several servings of fish per week or with daily omega-3 supplements. Studies report that children with a broad array of cognitive…

2011—The Year in Algae Page 2

A look back at the stories that marked the progress of the algae industry over the past year…

2011—The Year in Algae

A look back at the stories that marked the progress of the algae industry over the past year…

ISU Researchers Pair Genes to Up Photosynthetic Carbon Conversion

Researchers at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA, are exploring the effects of controlling the expression of two algal genes that regulate the uptake of CO2 for photosynthesis. In the experiments performed…

Algae Business: Hydrotreating Algae for Jet Fuel

Way back on June 20, John Daly of OilPrice.com wrote an insightful overview of why so many players in the multi-sector air industry—airlines, airplane producers, national airlines, and militaries…

Algae 101 Part 24: Freedom MicroFarms with Algae Restructure Our Food Supply

Our society needs a free new, supplementary method for food production built on a sustainable foundation that frees growers from the risk of crop failure and…

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