Tag: algae

Algae Biomass Summit call for abstracts open

Algae Biomass Summit call for abstracts open

January 6, 2019 |

In Minnesota, Algae Biomass Organization opened a call for abstracts for their 2019 Algae Biomass Summit to be held September 16-19, 2019 in Orlando, Florida with a deadline of January 31, 2019. Commercial algae producers, algae product developers, and the scientific community are invited to share their milestones in: Microalgae and macroalgae research and technology […]

Read More

Chinese researchers develop designer TAGs from algae

Chinese researchers develop designer TAGs from algae

January 3, 2019 |

In China, research team led by the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has discovered two novel diacylglyceryl transferases (DGAT2s) that preferentially attach linoleic acid (LA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), respectively, to the glycerol backbone to form triacylglycerol from algae. By modulating the ratio of these specialist enzymes […]

Read More

Happy Holidays for many thanks to 2018 Farm Bill

Happy Holidays for many thanks to 2018 Farm Bill

December 22, 2018 |

The 2018 Farm Bill, more formally known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed by President Trump on Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue’s birthday last week. So what does it mean? What stays the same? What changes? What’s the reaction? First, you can see what President Trump had to say at the signing […]

Read More

Indonesian researcher use electrical fields to improve biodiesel production from algae

Indonesian researcher use electrical fields to improve biodiesel production from algae

December 17, 2018 |

In Indonesia, researchers are investigating ways to improve biodiesel production by using electrical fields to break open microalgae cells with varied results, according to a new study in the Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology. Lipids inside microalgae are a promising source of biofuel. Microalgae cells must first be broken apart in order to extract […]

Read More

Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

December 4, 2018 |

In Japan, results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fuels and contribute to the development of sustainable systems and societies. A “switch” controlling the […]

Read More

Proton pathway reproduced to understand how algae enzymes produce hydrogen

Proton pathway reproduced to understand how algae enzymes produce hydrogen

November 25, 2018 |

In Germany, scientists from Ruhr-Universität Bochum succeeded for the first time in understanding how certain algae enzymes produce hydrogen by reproducing the pathway of the protons to the active center of these [FeFe] hydrogenases. This could allow such efficient but vulnerable biocatalysts to be chemically more stable. The hydrogenases produce two protons and two electrons […]

Read More

Algae ‘blooms’ in automotive industry

Algae ‘blooms’ in automotive industry

November 25, 2018 |

Mazda is investing in it. Honda is using it for R&D and potential byproducts. Algenol, AlgaEnergy and others grow and develop it. Euglena began producing it for biojet fuel at its new biofuel refinery plant in Japan. The U.S. government has a whole R&D department that is looking at this stuff. The list goes on. […]

Read More

Euglena begins producing algae and waste oil biojet fuel

Euglena begins producing algae and waste oil biojet fuel

November 4, 2018 |

In Japan, Euglena has completed its new biofuel refinery plant and launched the production of algae and waste oil based biojet fuel and biodiesel in order to achieve their goal of being the first company to provide biofuel for commercial flights in Japan by 2020. The 60 million yen, or about $53 million, facility can […]

Read More

Scientists find a “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

Scientists find a “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

November 4, 2018 |

In Japan, results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch after scientists found a “switch” controlling the level of starch content in algae. The study focused on the unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae and researchers demonstrated that starch content could be dramatically increased in […]

Read More

Colorado State leads $2.1 million DOE project to improve CO2 utilization of algae

Colorado State leads $2.1 million DOE project to improve CO2 utilization of algae

October 29, 2018 |

In Colorado, though algal biofuels are a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, there remains room to improve the production of the algae used to create them. Researchers at Colorado State University are leading a $2.1 million project that aims to increase algae yield by improving carbon dioxide utilization. The three-year project is part of […]

Read More