Tag: cyanobacteria

German researchers discover natural herbicide derived from cyanobacteria

German researchers discover natural herbicide derived from cyanobacteria

February 4, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the University of Tübingen have discovered a natural substance that could compete with the controversial herbicide glyphosate: a newly discovered sugar molecule synthesized from cyanobacteria that inhibits the growth of various microorganisms and plants but is harmless to humans and animals. It was published in the journal Nature Communications on Friday. […]

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University of East Anglia seeking student to apply machine learning to cyanobacteria research

University of East Anglia seeking student to apply machine learning to cyanobacteria research

July 5, 2018 |

In the UK, the University of East Anglia is searching for a first level researcher to apply machine learning approaches to investigate cyanobacterial metabolism and identify optimal pathways and metabolic fluxes for compound production. The student will test these outcomes by generating appropriate mutants and measuring growth and compound production of these strains in small […]

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Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now

Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now

November 8, 2017 |

Catalytic reaction rates, microcrystalline cellulose, cyanobacteria working in teams, vertical farming, vegan products & markets. The 5 top disruptive techs we’ve seen in recent weeks are attacking these fronts. Here’s what we see. 1. Breakthrough on (microcrystalline) cellulose costs A new source of cheap microcrystalline cellulose has been generating a lot of positive noise in […]

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Super cyanobacteria and its sidekick –  Power duo produces bioplastic faster and cheaper than ever before

Super cyanobacteria and its sidekick – Power duo produces bioplastic faster and cheaper than ever before

October 28, 2017 |

You may know cyanobacteria by some more common forms like Spirulina, but researchers at Michigan State University are combining these handy microorganisms with natural bacteria to make a 100% biologically derived and biodegradable bioplastic. Making bioplastics from bacteria isn’t anything new, but what is new is MSU scientists’ new production method which allows them to […]

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Sandia lab working with HelioBioSys to scale up cyanobacteria production

Sandia lab working with HelioBioSys to scale up cyanobacteria production

August 21, 2017 |

In California, a Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. HelioBioSys founders say they chose to grow […]

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Researchers look at altering tools cyanobacteria use to capture light for photosynthesis

Researchers look at altering tools cyanobacteria use to capture light for photosynthesis

April 25, 2017 |

In Washington state, a recent study by researchers from the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and Washington University investigated effects of altering large cellular complexes called phycobilisomes, which cyanobacteria use to efficiently capture light energy for photosynthesis, to guide development of optimal strategies for biofuel production. The findings revealed changes to phycobilisome structure indirectly affect critical, […]

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MSU researchers build “Swiss Army knife” for cyanobacteria

MSU researchers build “Swiss Army knife” for cyanobacteria

September 21, 2015 |

In Michigan, researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, making biofuels and other green chemical production from these organisms more viable. The team has done in a year what has taken millions of years to evolve. In the […]

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Joule wins key patent for direct conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbon fuels

Joule wins key patent for direct conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbon fuels

June 16, 2015 |

The story of its process, timelines, pathways becomes more and more clear In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of an additional patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon fuels – extending its ability to target the highest-value molecules of the petroleum distillation process and generate them […]

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Joule says “will go commercial in 2017”: solar fuels on the way

Joule says “will go commercial in 2017”: solar fuels on the way

March 23, 2015 |

“Staged industrialization process” beginning; exotic yields from an exotic organism that uses CO2, water and nutrients and secretes ethanol or diesel. Former Total, Alcatel CEO Serge Tchuruk is now at the helm as the Joule team updates The Digest on the progress in New Mexico. For fans of the “solar renewable fuels” company Joule, there’s […]

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Morgan State University researcher gets $100,000 grant for salty cyanobacteria

Morgan State University researcher gets $100,000 grant for salty cyanobacteria

January 6, 2014 |

In Maryland, a researcher from Morgan State University received a $100,000 Maryland Innovation Initiative grant to begin development of a method to produce biofuel from cyanobacteria in naturally available salt water. Dr. Sitther will lead a team of bioengineers in developing a salt tolerant strain, which when scaled-up, will offer a sustainable, efficient, environmentally conscious, […]

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