Is kelp the new kale?

Fred Bever reports for NPR that “Kelp is the new kale,” according to Barton Seaver, who directs Harvard’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Program. A former D.C.-area chef, he has recently published a seaweed cookbook and sees a bright future for macroalgae. Their virtues are many, in Mr. Seaver’s eyes: They require…

Can seaweeds clean up our mess?

Karen Phillips writes for deeperblue.com that algae are the alveoli in the ocean lungs of our planet, vitally important to the health of the seas as home, food source, sanctuary and above all the source of over half the oxygen on this planet. In coral seas there are two main kinds of flora – the microalgae that live within the coral…

Macroalgae study documents its food value

In a study just published in Phycologia, alga researchers compiled existing data from the scientific literature with respect to contents of compounds that are known to decrease certain risks associated with cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The study provides further support to the idea that one of the best…

India’s macroalgae opportunity

K.N. Murali Sankar writes in the Hindu that macroalgae have been of industrial, human and agricultural value in the Eastern world since ancient times. They gained prominence during the 13th century, after the discovery of agar-agar in Japan and alginic acid on the European continent. For many years seaweeds have…

Producing bioethanol and co-products from macroalgae

K. S. Rajgopal writes in thehindu.com about a new study that demonstrates how macroalgal biomass from Gelidiella acerosa and Gracilaria dura collected from Adri and Veraval, both on the west coast of India, and Gelidium pusillum collected from Valinokam on the southeast coast could be used in a biorefinery process…

Danish conference considers macroalgae economy

More than 80 experts, industry representatives and entrepreneurs gathered in Grenaa, Denmark, recently to share knowledge and inspiration at the third Danish Macroalgae Conference…

Macroalgae Farming in Spain Gathers Support

Analia Murias reports in fis.com that one of the main conclusions of the recent Seaweed: Uses and Applications conference, is that algae farming in Spain offers good prospects for the future at a time when…

Algae 101 Part 13: Why is algae the most efficient way to capture solar energy for food and energy production?

Our modern societies face substantial sustainability challenges to food and energy supplies. Our future…

Algae 101 Part Six: Algal Classification

Algae are living plants that break the rules for plant classification because they evolved in many different forms—cells, multicellular plants, bacteria and in nearly infinite combinations. While the various species…

Algae 101 Part Four: What are Algae’s Competitive Advantages?

Nano-sized, single-celled algae are among Earth’s earliest life forms. They have been surviving in many of Earth’s harshest environments for 3.7 billion years. Algae’s simplicity enables these plants to…