Cultivating spirulina in Cambodia

The Phnom Penh Post ran story about a New Zealand couple who, after plans for a dairy business went sour, invested in Cambodia’s mostly untapped spirulina market, setting up Global Superfoods, which produces spirulina powder and pills for the increasingly health-conscious local…

Can algae microfarms build a Green Friendship Bridge?

The Green Friendship Bridge project offers a positive alternative to wasting $20 billion on Trump’s border wall. The Friendship Bridge proposes to build 8,600 algae microfarms and give these high-value, low cost microfarms to Mexican and Central American farmers. The microfarms will enable farmers and families…

Spirulina growing as a food colorant

Tom Coultate, author of Food: the Chemistry of its Components, writes for Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry that the move from synthetic to “natural” food colorants has not been as simple as might be imagined. For example. the anthocyanins – abundant in fruit – work well in the mildly acidic environments of soft drinks…

German entrepreneur mining rooftop spirulina

CleanMalaysia.com reports that rooftop spirulina gardens are part of a burgeoning do-it-yourself urban farm project in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital. They are aimed at growing edible algae that are high in nutritional value and easy to cultivate in homemade bioreactors on otherwise…

Can algae save children from heavy metals poisoning?

Approximately half a million U.S. children under five years of age have been tested with blood lead levels exceeding five micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. The number of children and adults at risk from the broader array of heavy metals…

Matrix Genetics & Proterro partner on modified spirulina

Seattle, WA-based Matrix Genetics, a biotechnology company focused on producing products derived from cyanobacteria, and Proterro, a biotechnology company with a unique photobioreactor technology to convert waste CO2 into valuable products, have announced a partnership to jointly… [Read the full story]

Spirulina Growing Kit

Interested in growing spirulina at home? Matthew Huber of Algae Research Supply gives simple instructions for how to get your DIY algae project up and multiplying…

New spirulina and cancer study

Alex Strauss writes in Surviving Mesothelioma about a new study on spirulina’s effects on five major types of cancer. Spirulina — a cyanobacterium, or blue-green algae, that is cultivated as a dietary supplement and as a whole food — is rich in plant proteins and contains other vitamins and minerals…

Japan’s Chitose ramping up spirulina capacity abroad

Akane Okutsu writes for asia.nikkei.com that Japanese bioventure Chitose Laboratory is taking its spirulina business overseas, with plans to quintuple capacity for the edible blue-green algae by setting up American and Singaporean production bases. Chitose was launched in 2002 to develop…

Rhode Island spirulina farmer playing the Tom Brady factor

Jenna Pelletier writes in the providence (Rhode Island) Journal that Lawrence Dressler, a Cranston, Rhode Island spirulina farmer has been getting some fresh publicity lately thanks to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. His family’s personal chef recently revealed, in an interview with…

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

The Health Cloud compares chlorella and spirulina to help viewers decide which algae is the best microalgal superfood for their health goals. While both support a wide variety of digestive assists, they have their differences: Chlorella is roughly 3 to 5% chlorophyll, which is the highest of the microalgae…

Netherlands’ FeyeCon launches algae-based health products

Netherlands-based FeyeCon, a company that has offered tailor-made process design and equipment at bench, pilot and production scales since 2001, has introduced a new line of health and beauty products employing microalgae as primary ingredients. Their algae were processed in the Netherlands…

Cyanotech reports latest financial results

Kailua Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation, a leader in the production of astaxanthin and spirulina-based products, has announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2016, ended September 30, 2015. For the second quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to the second…

Spirulina for Health

Dr. Josh Axe shares the health benefits of Spirulina, the blue-green algae that is one of the top superfoods in the world today. Its nutritional profile is loaded with chlorophyll, B Vitamins, Vitamin K and minerals such as zinc and magnesium. It is also a great source of quality protein if you aren’t getting enough in your diet…

Rwanda fighting malnutrition with spirulina

Michel Nkurunziza writes in allafrica.com that the Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), City of Kigali and YaLa Africa are in a joint effort to combat malnutrition using spirulina farming. “It is a supplement that can be added to students’ food, and scientific studies have shown that spirulina significantly boosts mental…

DIC opens DIC/Earthrise Algae Research Center

Dainippon Ink and Chemicals (DIC Corporation) has opened the DIC/Earthrise Algae Research Center, a leading edge facility that will conduct comprehensive algae-related research in areas ranging from cultivation to practical application. Located on the site of Earthrise Nutritionals, LLC, the DIC Group’s U.S. subsidiary…

Natural food color demand boosting spirulina sales

The demand for spirulina as a natural food colorant is robust in the North America food processing industry, according to a new study by market intelligence firm Future Market Insights (FMI). Spirulina, which can give a blue color to a food product, is widely used in the confectionary and dairy products…

10 ways to get more algae into your diet

You know algae are a great food source for you. But what are the best ways to eat it? Jami Foss writes in shape.com about 10 ways to eat algae that are common, healthy and tasty too. And no chef skills required: 1. Wrap sandwiches in nori sheets, which you can find at your local Whole Foods Market or online…

Israeli spirulina project benefitting Rwanda

Nurit Canetti writes in Israeli Pulse that Rwandan agronomists are on a one-year visit to Israel to study various aspects of Israeli agriculture firsthand. Primarily they are studying techniques developed by Israeli students for fast, cheap and simple cultivation of the microalgae superfood spirulina…

Cyanotech net sales up 20% for FY 2015

Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation, a leader in microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products, has announced that, for fiscal year 2015 compared to fiscal 2014, net sales were $33,809,000 compared to $28,178,000, an increase of 20%. Gross profit was $14,466,000…

A French chef feeds spirulina to hungry kids

Natacha Tatu writes in Worldcrunch about a 72-year old French chef who has taken on the challenge of bringing spirulina to the malnourished youth of the Central Africa. Freddy owns a restaurant, the Relais de Chasse (hunting lodge), a popular eatery in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic…

Algae pioneer Simris launches 1st consumer brand

Hammenhög, Sweden-based agribusiness Simris Alg has announced the launch of its first consumer products. The algae farmers’ exclusive omega-3 supplements and superfoods will be sold through retail stores and Simris’ own web shop. The launch is initially targeted at the Swedish market, with international markets to follow…

Matrix accelerates spirulina pigments and proteins

Seattle, WA-based Matrix Genetics, a biotechnology company focused on producing safe and sustainable commodities derived from cyanobacteria, has announced what they say is a technology breakthrough allowing for rapid and efficient production of pigments and proteins in Spirulina…

“Spirulina Fountain” reflects 16th century Italian gardens

Designboom.com is showcasing the “Spirulina Fountain” designed by bureau A. The installation constitutes a hybrid, fusing the production basins of the intense blue-green algae with contemplative Italian gardens of the 16th century. More specifically, the form and dimensions of the project imitate…

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