Tag: algae

Wisconsin students look to lake to create algae collection system

Wisconsin students look to lake to create algae collection system

May 21, 2019 |

In Wisconsin, undergraduate researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Stout looked into creating a prototype of an algae collection system. Using a pump, the system would take in water from Lake Menomin. The water would go through an electro-coagulator that would create bubbles to push the algae to the top of a collection box. The algae […]

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Using dairy wastewater as algae feedstock for biodiesel production

Using dairy wastewater as algae feedstock for biodiesel production

May 19, 2019 |

In India, in their attempts to find a low cost and eco-friendly process for production of biodiesel from biowaste, researchers at Shoolini University’s School of Biotechnology are working on biodiesel derived from a microalgae species, Chlorella pyrenoidosa utilizing dairy wastewater as natural feedstock for the algae. Shoolini University, Dean of Research & Development, Dr. Sourabh […]

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Antarctic algae, alternative photosynthesis and art

Antarctic algae, alternative photosynthesis and art

April 7, 2019 |

In Florida, Miami University microbiologists Rachael Morgan-Kiss and Xin Wang received a $750,000 grant from the Department of Energy to research how Antarctic algae use an alternative pathway during photosynthesis. This pathway helps the algae to survive different environmental conditions such as light stress, high salinity and extremely low temperatures. Photosynthetic microbes such as algae […]

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Algaia attracts more algae investment

Algaia attracts more algae investment

March 31, 2019 |

In France, AgTech firm Sapec is acquiring a 31% stake in Algaia, S.A.’s algae-based business and “strengthening its shareholding structure.” Algaia owns a novel and proprietary technology allowing the Biorefinery of brown algae not only into Alginates but also in other valuable compounds such as Biostimulants for the crop nutrition industry. Algaia is a global […]

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The Next Chapter for Algae

The Next Chapter for Algae

March 27, 2019 |

The Farm Bill of 2018 recognizes algae as a crop for the first time. Will we be bold enough to treat it like one? By Dr. Rebecca White, Vice President of Operations, iWi (Qualitas Health, Inc.) Special to The Digest This Wednesday marks a major milestone in the history of the American algae industry: the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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