ASU scores chunk of $10M DOE funding for bioenergy R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, Delaware, and Illinois, will support the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO)…

UT professor using “tiny greenhouses” to research algae

Professor David Sinton of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has been awarded a 2015 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The award will support Sinton’s research into optimizing the growth…

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large “antenna.” This antenna helps them capture light energy in an efficient way, while also providing protection against damage to the photosynthesis mechanism of the…

FIT introduces FlowCam Cyano for monitoring cyanobacteria

Scarborough, Maine-based Fluid Imaging Technologies (FIT) has introduced FlowCam® Cyano for the early detection of harmful cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in fresh bodies of water. Cyanobacteria can produce toxins which can be harmful, even fatal, to humans and animals when large blooms occur…

Multi-purpose tool developed for cyanobacteria

Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular super protein tool that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria making, they say, biofuels and other green chemical production from these organisms more viable. In the current issue of Plant Cell, they describe how they fabricated a synthetic protein…

Joule patents direct conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons

Joule has announced the issuance of a patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon fuels — extending its ability to target the highest-value molecules of the petroleum distillation process and generate them on demand from sunlight and CO2. U.S. Patent #9,034,629, issued on May 19, 2015… [Read the full story]

Getting to the bottom of algae blooms, Part 2

As the summer approaches in North America, so does the increased scientific activity around the Great Lakes in search of answers and solutions to the type of out-of-control cyanobacteria that left 400,000 people in Michigan and Ohio without drinkable tap water for two days last August…

Cyanobacteria: good-bad, blue-green, algae-not algae

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae because of their color, have endured for more than 2.5 billion years, providing ample time to adapt to changes in the Earth’s biosphere. They live in water where a diet heavy in nitrogen and phosphorus, combined with global warming, can prompt them to produce…

Engineering plants for more efficient photosynthesis

Krishna Ramanujan reports in Phys.org that a genetically engineered tobacco plant, developed with two genes from cyanobacteria, holds promise for improving the yields of many food crops…

Joule gets EPA Clearance for Modified Cyanobacteria

Bedford, MA-based Joule has announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has favorably reviewed the company’s Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN) for their first commercial…

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…