Algae enzyme converts cooking oil into biofuel

Algae enzyme converts cooking oil into biofuel

Biotechnologists from Aarhus University have demonstrated how the rare properties of an atypical light-dependent enzyme can be used with a photo-bio-catalytic continuous flow system in order to generate drop-in biofuels, converted from waste oils and fats. The light-dependent enzyme is found in microalgae…

New Reebok running shoe made with algae

New Reebok running shoe made with algae

Reebok has introduced a plant-based shoe that is in class with the best performance running sneakers on the market. The Forever Floatride GROW is the latest example of Reebok’s commitment to reduce the use of petroleum-based plastics in footwear by making products with plants…

Metabolically engineering algae to synthesize astaxanthin

Metabolically engineering algae to synthesize astaxanthin

A research group led by Professor Hasunuma Tomohisa of Kobe University’s Engineering Biology Research Center have succeeded in synthesizing the natural pigment astaxanthin using the fast-growing marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC7002.nThis process required light, water and…

Algae-Laden hydrogels could bring buildings to life

Algae-Laden hydrogels could bring buildings to life

Jenna Flogeras writes in Advanced Science News about “biohybrid” buildings that incorporate living materials into their architecture having the potential to not only remove carbon dioxide from the air but to serve as a biological source of energy. The world’s first algae-powered building, Hamburg’s…

Gore partners with Checkerspot for algal products

Gore partners with Checkerspot for algal products

John Cumbers and Kevin Costa report for Forbes that Berkeley-based biotech startup Checkerspot has announced a partnership with Gore — the makers of Gore-Tex — to use synthetic biology to enhance Gore’s ability to produce a new generation of high-performance materials and outdoor products…