Ana Feeds Our World, Part 5

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 5

Algae are aquatic microscopic plants with chlorophyll-a and a single-cell body not differentiated into roots, stems or leaves. Algae include some photosynthetic bacteria, the cyanobacteria. Algae’s photosynthetic mechanism is similar to land-based plants, except they are far more efficient in converting …

Lumen Bioscience patents spirulina genetic engineering

Lumen Bioscience patents spirulina genetic engineering

Lumen Bioscience, a Seattle biotechnology company focused on orally delivered antibody therapeutics and other biologics, has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company Patent No. 10,131,870, entitled “Targeted Mutagenesis in Spirulina”… [Read the full story]

Carbon fibers, made from algae oil

Carbon fibers, made from algae oil

In collaboration with fellow researchers, chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a process that, according to their initial calculations, can facilitate economically removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by producing carbon fibers. Algae convert carbon dioxide from the atmosphere…

ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital urban curtain clears the air

ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital urban curtain clears the air

London-based architectural and urban design firm ecoLogicStudio www.ecologicstudio.com, led by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, has unveiled Photo.Synth.Etica, a large-scale installation, designed for their first collaboration with Climate-KIC, the EU’s most prominent climate…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 4

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 4

Tiny Mighty Al shares the story of how this 3.5-billion-year-old single-celled alga saved our planet not once, but twice. First, Al ate the predominately CO2 atmosphere and burped enough O2 to support life on earth. After supplying the oxygen, our planet lacked food. Al became the favored food…

Triton Algae Innovations wins Sustainable Seafood award

Triton Algae Innovations wins Sustainable Seafood award

Triton Algae Innovations, a San Diego-based early-stage company that is introducing a healthy, nutritious green algae into the food market, was recently honored with the 2018 Sustainable Seafood award, as part of the 10th annual BlueTech summit conference hosted by The Maritime Alliance… [Read the full story]

Reports of algal biofuel’s death greatly exaggerated

Reports of algal biofuel’s death greatly exaggerated

In an article in Forbes magazine in October — An Algal Biofuel Obituary — Robert Rapier, a chemical engineer in the energy industry, discussed the overhyped biofuel companies in the algae space, and the failures of numerous start-ups that couldn’t deliver on their promises, after hundreds of millions…

Cyanotech: 13.7% sales dip in 2nd quarter, rebound expected

Cyanotech: 13.7% sales dip in 2nd quarter, rebound expected

Hawaii-based algal nutrition company Cyanotech Corporation has announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2019, ended September 30, 2018. For the second quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2018, net sales were $6,954,000 compared…

ADM adds algal DHA powders to Onavita Health & Wellness line

ADM adds algal DHA powders to Onavita Health & Wellness line

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has announced the addition of Onavita™ algal DHA powder to its line of omega-3 product solutions. The new omega-3 powder is part of ADM’s expanding portfolio of health and wellness ingredients, including probiotics, vitamins, botanical extracts, and nutritional…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 3

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 3

Algae can be such lively little critters that some scientists consider them animals. Many can swim, such as dinoflagellates that have little whip-like structures called flagella which pull or push them through the water. Some algae squish part of their body forwards and crawl along solid surfaces…

AlgaEnergy and Yokogawa pact to grow microalgae sector

AlgaEnergy and Yokogawa pact to grow microalgae sector

AlgaEnergy, a Spanish biotechnology company specializing in the production and commercial applications of microalgae, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a leading provider of industrial automation, control, and measurement technology, have announced the signing of an equity participation…

Cyanotech gives FlowCam a workout

Cyanotech gives FlowCam a workout

Cyanotech Corporation produces the BioAstin and Spirulina Pacifica lines of high-quality microalgae products for human health and nutrition. They are produced in a sustainable, reliable, and environmentally sensitive operation based out of Kailua Kona, HI…

Mazda backs carbon-neutral biofuel research

Mazda backs carbon-neutral biofuel research

Mazda U.K. has announced that they are currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae. As part of its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term technology…

Scientists find “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

Scientists find “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

Results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. A “switch” controlling the level of starch content in algae has been discovered…