Farming cyanobacteria — a new source of biofuel?

A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. HelioBioSys is working with cyanobacteria which…

Dissecting an algal bloom

A new U.S. Geological Survey study that looked at the extensive harmful algal bloom that plagued Florida last year found far more types of cyanobacteria present than previously known. Twenty-eight species of cyanobacteria were identified in the extensive bloom, which occurred in the summer of 2016 in southern…

Salofa Oy introduces a blue-green algae test

Soon ordinary customers in Finland will be able to check that the water at their beach is free of cyanobacteria toxins. Finnish company Salofa Oy will commercialize the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) test originally developed by the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland…

Generating resources from urban wastewater

Urbanization, climate change and pollution, among other phenomena stemming from human activity, pose a threat to water resources. Until now, urban wastewater, of which there is the greatest amount, is in the best of cases treated and then discharged into the environment. It is also sometimes used for irrigation…

Know Your Cyanobacteria

Water Research Foundation prepared this video for those wanting to know more about the science behind cyanobacteria, and get a utility perspective on the latest in source water protection, monitoring, detection, and treatment. Experts from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, SUEZ, City of Alliance (OH)…

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…

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]

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…