Increasing algae’s productivity via light regulation

A “proof of concept” experiment described in the upcoming Dec. 2 issue of the journal Current Biology has shown that growing algae in constant light can dramatically boost the amount of valuable…

TANS testing cyanobacteria biofertilizer for developing countries

Eliza Villarino writes in devex.com about Jessica Gwyn Davis, a professor of soil and crop sciences at the Colorado State University, who co-founded Thin Air Nitrogen Solutions (TANS)…

Euro team mining cyanobacteria for bioethanol

The Fish Site reports that a team of European scientists is on a mission to prove that cyanobacteria can be used to produce bioethanol as a biofuel for less than €0.40 a litre…

Blue-green algae being engineered for nanocellulose

Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar and Kombucha tea are being engineered by University of Texas at Austin scientists into blue-green algae to produce the “wonder material” nanocellulose…

Sandia scientist engineers cyanobacteria for fuel

Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids, a precursor to liquid fuels, and has also found that the process…

Labfors LED Flat Panel Photobioreactor

Designed for the cultivation of algae, plant cells and cyanobacteria, the Labfors 5 Lux LED Flat Panel provides a very flexible system for culture volumes up to 1.8 L. A total of 260 high-power LEDs offer a…

“Light Switch” in Cyanobacteria Discovered

Deanna Conners reports in earthsky.org that a collaboration of scientists from Queen Mary, University of London, the Imperial College London and the University College London have discovered a biological…

UW Professor Wins $750K to Develop Algal Butanol

Jennifer Reed, a University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, has received a five-year, $750,000 “Early-career” award from the U.S. Department of Energy…

New Algal Research Journal to Launch

A new scientific journal for the algal industry, Algal Research, is being launched in May, 2012, by Elsevier, an international provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services…

German Researchers Decipher the Molecular Basis of Cyanobacteria

Under normal conditions, cyanobacteria, also termed blue-green algae, build up energy reserves that allow them to survive under stress such as long periods of darkness. They do this by means of a molecular…