Tag: algae

New Zealand community pushing for bioenergy solutions to red algal blooms

New Zealand community pushing for bioenergy solutions to red algal blooms

March 26, 2015 |

In New Zealand, residents of have formed an environmental watchdog group to find solutions for cleaning up Lake Karapiro that is suffering from red algal blooms. One of the solutions presented to the Waikato Regional Council is to harvest the algae as feedstock for a digester, teaming with Waipa District Council and Mighty River Power […]

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The Algae Whisperer

The Algae Whisperer

March 24, 2015 |

A new project aims to capture atmospheric CO2, affordably, using traits and techniques known to algae for millenia. “CO2, CO2 everywhere, not a kilo to have,” remarks Dr. John Benemann, as The Digest checks in with the renowned Dr. kNOw and his colleague in a new project, Dr. Michael Huesemann of PNNL. Huesemann is a […]

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Algae: price competitive with fossil fuels by 2020, survey finds

Algae: price competitive with fossil fuels by 2020, survey finds

March 13, 2015 |

The Algae Biomass Organization’s 2015 Industry Survey was conducted in January and February, 2015 through an electronic questionnaire sent via email to ABO’s 7,000+ contact list. The survey asked for opinion and projections on the industry’s growth, barriers to advancement, and policy priorities through 2020. According to ABO, there are three key takeaways from the […]

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Algae strategies for a healthy “Less sugar, more protein” world

Algae strategies for a healthy “Less sugar, more protein” world

March 4, 2015 |

Yep, it’s time to “lay off the sugar” and get more proteins and veggies in your diet. But how do you handle a surging population, and rising demand for fish. Turns out our one-celled friends, the algae, may come to the rescue. Here’s the why and how. If you’ve been following the newsflow on sugar […]

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Matrix breaks through on genetic methods for modifying spirulina: new platform for proteins, pigments

Matrix breaks through on genetic methods for modifying spirulina: new platform for proteins, pigments

March 4, 2015 |

Milestone reached on protein, phycocyanin in spirulina — opens up new opportunities for algae, cyanobacteria. In Washington, we have big news this week that Matrix Genetics announced a technology breakthrough that allows for rapid and efficient production of pigments and proteins in Spirulina, a species of cyanobacteria. Matrix is the first to invent rapid and efficient genetic […]

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Singapore researchers using waste biomass for algae harvesting

Singapore researchers using waste biomass for algae harvesting

February 18, 2015 |

In Singapore, waste biomass from fungal fermentation processes could be used to bind to and harvest microalgae being used in other biotechnology applications. A*STAR researchers have successfully demonstrated this procedure with fungal mycelium—the main vegetative part of a fungus such as the tangled mass of underground fibers beneath sprouting mushrooms. The A*STAR team knew that […]

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The 98-picogram weakling: Crop Defense and Algae

The 98-picogram weakling: Crop Defense and Algae

February 18, 2015 |

We now can grow algae, dewater it, harvest it, and process it on an industrial scale into dozens of useful everyday fuels, chemicals, food ingredients and materials. But can we keep it alive? What have we learned about keeping algae safe from predators, competitors, parasites and disease? Poor algae. It’s been programmed by Nature, likes some sports teams […]

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$500/BOE Profit from Algae? Yes We Can!

$500/BOE Profit from Algae? Yes We Can!

February 9, 2015 |

By Stafford “Doc” Williamson   The Biofuels Digest is a little treasure trove of goodies. I just found one that helps make the case that algae derived biofuels are closer than you think. I mean, economically viable algae-based biofuels. In an article published recently (Jan 12, 2015) in the Biofuels Digest  with the unlikely title […]

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Faster evolution: Researchers find natural gene transfer occuring from algae to sea slugs.

Faster evolution: Researchers find natural gene transfer occuring from algae to sea slugs.

February 4, 2015 |

Sidney K. Pierce, an emeritus professor at University of South Florida and at University of Maryland, College Park, remarks, “There is no way on earth that genes from an alga should work inside an animal cell.” But then they found Elysia chlorotica, an emerald green sea slug whose chromosomes have some genes that come from […]

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution produces biodiesel and jet fuel from algae

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution produces biodiesel and jet fuel from algae

January 29, 2015 |

In Massachusetts, a common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual […]

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