Tag: algae

Colorado State University researchers discover why some algae are brown

Colorado State University researchers discover why some algae are brown

September 21, 2022 |

In Colorado, if you think of algae, you might think of the brilliant green strands waving in a stream or the blue-green blooms that invade lakes. But the majority of these diverse aquatic organisms that exchange sunlight for energy are brown-colored, like the large forests of seaweeds found in polar regions or coastal California. Brown […]

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University of Technology Sydney develop robotic system to analyze thousands of algae strains daily

University of Technology Sydney develop robotic system to analyze thousands of algae strains daily

July 18, 2022 |

In Australia, University of Technology Sydney researchers in the Climate Change Cluster (C3) have partnered with PSI – the world-leading manufacturer for biological sciences instruments – to develop and install an automated robotic system that screens thousands of types of algae each day. Previously, it took scientists around six months of manual, full-time experimental work […]

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Results from Malaysian research on algae for biofuels expected in six months

Results from Malaysian research on algae for biofuels expected in six months

June 28, 2022 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports the government is currently leading research into algae-based biofuels, the outcomes of which are expected in the next six months. Algae-based biofuels are likely to be used for sustainable aviation fuel if the research proves the feedstock to be commercially viable for the country. Currently, the country’s biofuel production […]

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Algae-based batteries, biodegradable COVID-19 tests, BMW’s biobased coatings, Heinz biobottles, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 19th

Algae-based batteries, biodegradable COVID-19 tests, BMW’s biobased coatings, Heinz biobottles, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 19th

May 18, 2022 |

Can you imagine running a computer chip on algae – yes, algae – for more than six months? Apparently, that’s now possible thanks to biochemists at the University of Cambridge who created the biobased battery alternative to power small electronics during their “pandemic project”. And speaking of the pandemic, goodness knows we’ve taken more COVID-19 […]

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Algae battery powers microprocessor for months

Algae battery powers microprocessor for months

May 16, 2022 |

In the UK, biochemists at University of Cambridge have run a computer chip on algae for more than six months. Carried out in the home of one of the study’s authors, the “pandemic project” essentially created a biobased battery alternative that could power small electronics without rare earth elements that are already in short supply […]

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UC Riverside researchers lead team that discovered gene functions in algae

UC Riverside researchers lead team that discovered gene functions in algae

May 16, 2022 |

In California, genes contain all the instructions an organism needs to live, grow, and reproduce. But identifying a gene and learning what it does are two different things. Scientists don’t know what kinds of instructions many genes contain— their functions are unknown. A new study led by UC Riverside, Princeton University, and Stanford University has […]

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Carnegie researchers map % of key algae’s genes

Carnegie researchers map % of key algae’s genes

May 9, 2022 |

In Washington, a team led by current and former Carnegie plant biologists has undertaken the largest ever functional genomic study of a photosynthetic organism. Their work, published in Nature Genetics, could inform strategies for improving agricultural yields and mitigating climate change. Despite its fundamental importance, many of the genes associated with photosynthesis remain uncharacterized. Luckily, […]

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Artificial Intelligence tech to set world record for producing algae for biofuel

Artificial Intelligence tech to set world record for producing algae for biofuel

March 20, 2022 |

In Texas, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are using artificial intelligence to set a new world record for producing algae as a reliable, economic source for biofuel that can be used as an alternative fuel source for jet aircraft and other transportation needs. Joshua Yuan, AgriLife Research scientist, professor and chair of Synthetic Biology and […]

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The Next Big Step for Algae and Sustainable Aviation Fuels

The Next Big Step for Algae and Sustainable Aviation Fuels

February 14, 2022 |

By Dr. Rebecca White, Dr. Lieve Laurens, Nate Kommers, Algae Biomass Organization Special to The Digest Among the dozens of policy innovations that Congress must consider in climate change legislation is a tool that could help trigger the next stage in decarbonizing one of the most significant industries in the world: aviation. The provision is […]

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DOE announces $19M for carbon utilization funding opportunity

DOE announces $19M for carbon utilization funding opportunity

February 13, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office announced up to $19 million in federal funding for the advancement of technologies that utilize waste carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and produce reliable feedstocks for biotechnologies, with this particular funding opportunity aiming to increase the capability of algal systems to capture carbon […]

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