Tag: algae

California researchers strike gold by sequencing green alga’s genome

California researchers strike gold by sequencing green alga’s genome

May 24, 2017 |

In California, plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis. Scientists have learned in the past decade that the tiny, single-celled organism could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and that […]

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Dutch duo develop and test algae-fuel wood-frame motorcycle

Dutch duo develop and test algae-fuel wood-frame motorcycle

May 23, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, two men in search of a more sustainable world have created a wood-framed motorcycle that runs on algae oil. One of the two recently published a book called “The Thick Algae” that aims to better understand the role of algae and algae-based fuels in a sustainable economy. And to keep the connection […]

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Japanese researchers using pulsed electric fields to extract hydrocarbons from algae

Japanese researchers using pulsed electric fields to extract hydrocarbons from algae

May 1, 2017 |

In Japan, efforts have been made by researchers to reduce the cost of biodiesel production by using pulsed electric fields (PEF) to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. A milli- or microsecond PEF is typically used to weaken cell walls and increase permeability allowing for extraction of elements inside the cell. Kumamoto University researchers, on the other […]

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SabrTech preparing to launch RiverBox® portable algae system

SabrTech preparing to launch RiverBox® portable algae system

April 12, 2017 |

In Canada, SabrTech is preparing to launch its RiverBox®, a portable algae growing system it has spent the last couple of years developing, in what it expects will be a revolution to the algae industry from biofuels to aquaculture. Using a standard shipping container, up to 10 levels of algae be grown simultaneously, meaning it’s […]

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Algae bioplastics research advanced into biopreservatives

Algae bioplastics research advanced into biopreservatives

March 20, 2017 |

In South Korea, researchers are looking to take advances made in algae processing technology for the creation of bioplastics and apply them to biopreservatives in an attempt to reduce potential side effects from those currently used in cosmetics, food and personal care products. It is the use of enzymes in the process to produce bioplastics […]

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Sandia labs leads work on detecting when algae ponds are about to crash

Sandia labs leads work on detecting when algae ponds are about to crash

March 8, 2017 |

In New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases, and learning to detect when an algae pond is about to crash. These experiments are part of the new, $6 million Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Validation Research (DISCOVR) project, whose goal is […]

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The Algae Chemicals Opportunity: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide

The Algae Chemicals Opportunity: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide

March 7, 2017 |

At ABLC 2017, Algae Biomass Organization executive director Matt Carr took the stage with a theme of “algae as a factory for conversion of low-value carbon into oils, proteins, pigments, soil enhancers, ethanol and higher alcohols, probiotics and therapeutic compounds, and other high-value products.” Here below is the presentation given on the ABLC stage.

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Successful PHYCO2 brewery wastewater trials using algae celebrated

Successful PHYCO2 brewery wastewater trials using algae celebrated

February 13, 2017 |

In Michigan, PHYCO2 announced the successful treatment of wastewater from breweries to comply with state water discharge limits for nitrates and phosphates. During Phase 4 of the multiyear trial with Michigan State University, the research of sequestering CO2 for algae growth has shown that PHYCO2’s algae photobioreactor (APB) can be utilized to treat wastewater through algae growth and […]

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Algae and the Spirit of Aloha

Algae and the Spirit of Aloha

February 8, 2017 |

If you’ve been to Hawaii, you’ve heard the greeting Aloha, and perhaps someone told you the word is used in greeting, departure, and also in expressing love. But you might not know that Aloha goes a little deeper in the old Hawaiian teaching: When food is needed I will take only my need and explain […]

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Cellana agrees deal to develop and commercialize algae-based inks

Cellana agrees deal to develop and commercialize algae-based inks

February 7, 2017 |

In Colorado, Cellana, Inc. and Living Ink Technologies announced they have signed a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of inks containing Cellana’s renewable algae biomass. Living Ink’s sustainable algae-derived ink is 100 percent plant-based, renewable and biodegradable. The majority of the ink is algae, turned into ink, and applied to paper. This […]

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