The year 2012 will go down in history as a turning point for the algae industry. It was the year that algae biofuel became a heated part of the political arena, from President Obama’s touting of algae’s potential as a valuable addition to our fuel portfolio, to the congressional debates and pronouncements on algae biofuel’s place in the military arsenal. It was the year the U.S. Navy demonstrated algae-based biofuels during the Green Fleet showcases, and the year algae biofuels showed up at the pump, where Northern Californians could finally purchase it as they would any other driving fuel.

2012 was also a year that algae broke through many research barriers, demonstrating its potential to cure malaria, to be of great value in developing cancer cures, and as an ever-widening portfolio of applications to make life better and the planet more sustainable.

But the algae revolution was not without obstacles to progress, from political detractors to economic difficulties forcing many in the industry to grapple with funding hurdles and frustrating delays. All in all, 2012 was a year that saw algae emerge into the public zeitgeist in many new and different ways.

In recognition of this defining time for algae, A.I.M. is launching a special edition focusing on the major and critical developments in the algae world over the past year. We hope you’ll find this a valuable resource as the industry moves forward.