Turning invasive seaweed into biofuels and fertilizers

Turning invasive seaweed into biofuels and fertilizers

Millions of tons of rotting seaweed wash up on the beaches of Mexico, the Caribbean and other vacation spots every year. Partly fueled by fertilizers washing into the sea from farming in the Americas, the foul-smelling Sargassum seaweed is devastating the tourism industry, harming fisheries…

UCSD researchers turning algae waste into products

UCSD researchers turning algae waste into products

Cynthia Dillon reports that the UC San Diego researchers who developed algae-based flip-flops and surfboards are advancing their brand of renewable and biodegradable materials for use in other products including coated fabrics, patent leather, adhesives, flavors and fragrances…

Start-up Yemoja delivering customized microalgae

Start-up Yemoja delivering customized microalgae

Marine ingredient start-up, Yemoja, Ltd., has created a next-gen platform for cultivating customized, pharmaceutical grade microalgae on demand. Founded three years ago by a team of marine biology and biotech experts, the Tel Hai, Israel-based company utilizes a unique, high-precision fast-track…

3D printed corals support algae growth

3D printed corals support algae growth

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Cambridge have 3D printed coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. The work, published Apr. 9 in Nature Communications, could lead to the development of compact…

“Magic Soil” a Green Solution to Red Tide

“Magic Soil” a Green Solution to Red Tide

Liu Jia reports for the Chinese Academy of Sciences that a “magic soil” made out of modified clays has proven effective in fighting red tide along China’s coastal waters and has now been introduced to other countries including Chile, the United States and Peru. The “magic soil” won second prize…

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…

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…

Canada’s Noblegen to debut proteins from algae

Canada’s Noblegen to debut proteins from algae

According to Vegconomist.com, advanced ingredients company Noblegen, creator of proteins, carbohydrates, and oil ingredients from the single celled microorganism Euglena Gracilis, has announced it will soon be ready to enter the plant-based protein market as part of its “quest to redefine the future…

Paper filter made from algae can save lives

Paper filter made from algae can save lives

The problem of access to safe drinking water in most parts of Bangladesh is a persistent challenge. Now, a team of scientists from Uppsala University, Sweden, and Dhaka University, Bangladesh, shows that a locally growing and previously unexploited green macroalgae species could be used to extract cellulose…

Inalve awarded for aquaculture innovation

Inalve awarded for aquaculture innovation

Jenny Hjul reports in Fish Farmer magazine that the French microalgae firm Inalve was the winner at the Aquaculture Innovation Europe conference, with its patented technology aimed at reducing farmers’ dependence on wild fish for feed. “What the feed industry is now looking for is a rich…

Marine enzymes and magnets extract algal molecules

Marine enzymes and magnets extract algal molecules

Catherine Collins writes in Horizon-magazine.eu that marine enzymes and magnets are now making it easier to remove precious molecules from seaweed and algal cells — and can even turn microalgae into magnetically-guided “vehicles” for targeted drug delivery. “The problem with the industrial process…

Algae bioreactor on Space Station could make oxygen, food for astronauts

Algae bioreactor on Space Station could make oxygen, food for astronauts

Samantha Mathewson reports in Space.com that astronauts on the International Space Station will begin testing an innovative algae-powered bioreactor to assess its feasibility for future long-duration space missions.The algae-powered bioreactor…

Tentree’s got a brand new bag

Tentree’s got a brand new bag

Suzie Dundas writes for Forbes.com that Vancouver-based Tentree International, Inc. makes their Mobius line of backpacks, totes and travel bags out of recycled products. However, the foam for their bags, which provides padding for laptops and shoulder cushioning, among other purposes…

Startup turning wastewater algae into specialty chemicals

Startup turning wastewater algae into specialty chemicals

Algae from wastewater treatment facilities is typically disposed of in a landfill, which can be costly and environmentally challenging. “There is a better way to repurpose this algae,” says Kelvin Okamoto, founder and chief executive officer of Gen3Bio — a startup commercializing a new technology…

Algae-derived solar fuel

Algae-derived solar fuel

Susan Kraemer writes in solarpaces.org that to use solar thermal energy to convert farmed algae to fuel, the solar fuels research team at Australian National University (ANU), led by John Pye together with Mahesh Venkataraman, proposed a new process, detailed in their paper Modelling of a 50 MWth…

Algae could prevent limb amputation

Algae could prevent limb amputation

Pranjal Mehar writes in techexplorist.com that a new algae-based treatment could prevent limb amputation for patients with Critical Limb Ischemia. Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) is a severe obstruction of the arteries which markedly reduces blood flow to the extremities (hands, feet and legs) and has…

Princeton’s algal library explores genes for photosynthesis

Princeton’s algal library explores genes for photosynthesis

A team led by Princeton University researchers has constructed a public algae “library” to help researchers find out what each gene does during photosynthesis. Using the library, the team identified 303 genes associated with photosynthesis, including 21 newly discovered genes with high potential to provide…

Juan Algae: cost effective feed for aquaculture

Juan Algae: cost effective feed for aquaculture

Zen Trinidad writes for the Philippine News Agency that an innovative, locally-developed feed for shrimp, milkfish and other high value fin-fishes is now available in the country. The feed is known as Juan Algae, a microalgae paste developed by the University of the Philippines-Visayas College of…

Fast conversion of algae to biocrude

Fast conversion of algae to biocrude

Biofuel experts have long sought a more economically viable way to turn algae into biocrude oil to power vehicles, ships and even jets. University of Utah researchers believe they have found an answer. They have developed an unusually rapid method to deliver cost-effective algal biocrude in large quantities…

Algae-based alternative to single-use packaging

Algae-based alternative to single-use packaging

Natashah Hitti reports in dezeen.com that Chile-based designer Margarita Talep has created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae. Disappointed by the abundance of non-recyclable materials currently used to contain food products, Ms. Talep…

Magnetized microalgae could be the future of medicine

Magnetized microalgae could be the future of medicine

Jessica D’Lima writes in AdvancedScienceNews.com that medicine is moving towards minimally invasive procedures, which have important patient-oriented benefits such as shorter hospitalization durations and lower risks for infections and complications. In this regard, microrobots have…

Kyanos air-to-food process awarded at Protein Summit

Kyanos air-to-food process awarded at Protein Summit

The first edition of the “Plant-based Protein Innovation Awards” organized by the Village by CA Nord de France, the Caisse Crédit Agricole Nord de France and Bridge2Food, presented the start-up Kyanos Biotechnologies, based in Toulouse, France, the award for the best plant-based innovation. The awards were…

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…

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