Category: Innovations

Start-up Yemoja delivering customized microalgae

Marine ingredient start-up, Yemoja, Ltd., has created a next-gen platform for cultivating customized, pharmaceutical grade microalgae on demand. Founded three years ago by a team of marine biology and biotech experts, the Tel Hai, Israel-based company utilizes a unique, high-precision fast-track…

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3D printed corals support algae growth

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Cambridge have 3D printed coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. The work, published Apr. 9 in Nature Communications, could lead to the development of compact…

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“Magic Soil” a Green Solution to Red Tide

Liu Jia reports for the Chinese Academy of Sciences that a “magic soil” made out of modified clays has proven effective in fighting red tide along China’s coastal waters and has now been introduced to other countries including Chile, the United States and Peru. The “magic soil” won second prize…

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New Reebok running shoe made with algae

Reebok has introduced a plant-based shoe that is in class with the best performance running sneakers on the market. The Forever Floatride GROW is the latest example of Reebok’s commitment to reduce the use of petroleum-based plastics in footwear by making products with plants…

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Algae-Laden hydrogels could bring buildings to life

Jenna Flogeras writes in Advanced Science News about “biohybrid” buildings that incorporate living materials into their architecture having the potential to not only remove carbon dioxide from the air but to serve as a biological source of energy. The world’s first algae-powered building, Hamburg’s…

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Gore partners with Checkerspot for algal products

John Cumbers and Kevin Costa report for Forbes that Berkeley-based biotech startup Checkerspot has announced a partnership with Gore — the makers of Gore-Tex — to use synthetic biology to enhance Gore’s ability to produce a new generation of high-performance materials and outdoor products…

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Canada’s Noblegen to debut proteins from algae

According to Vegconomist.com, advanced ingredients company Noblegen, creator of proteins, carbohydrates, and oil ingredients from the single celled microorganism Euglena Gracilis, has announced it will soon be ready to enter the plant-based protein market as part of its “quest to redefine the future…

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Paper filter made from algae can save lives

The problem of access to safe drinking water in most parts of Bangladesh is a persistent challenge. Now, a team of scientists from Uppsala University, Sweden, and Dhaka University, Bangladesh, shows that a locally growing and previously unexploited green macroalgae species could be used to extract cellulose…

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Inalve awarded for aquaculture innovation

Jenny Hjul reports in Fish Farmer magazine that the French microalgae firm Inalve was the winner at the Aquaculture Innovation Europe conference, with its patented technology aimed at reducing farmers’ dependence on wild fish for feed. “What the feed industry is now looking for is a rich…

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Marine enzymes and magnets extract algal molecules

Catherine Collins writes in Horizon-magazine.eu that marine enzymes and magnets are now making it easier to remove precious molecules from seaweed and algal cells — and can even turn microalgae into magnetically-guided “vehicles” for targeted drug delivery. “The problem with the industrial process…

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Tentree’s got a brand new bag

Suzie Dundas writes for Forbes.com that Vancouver-based Tentree International, Inc. makes their Mobius line of backpacks, totes and travel bags out of recycled products. However, the foam for their bags, which provides padding for laptops and shoulder cushioning, among other purposes…

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Startup turning wastewater algae into specialty chemicals

Algae from wastewater treatment facilities is typically disposed of in a landfill, which can be costly and environmentally challenging. “There is a better way to repurpose this algae,” says Kelvin Okamoto, founder and chief executive officer of Gen3Bio — a startup commercializing a new technology…

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Algae-derived solar fuel

Susan Kraemer writes in solarpaces.org that to use solar thermal energy to convert farmed algae to fuel, the solar fuels research team at Australian National University (ANU), led by John Pye together with Mahesh Venkataraman, proposed a new process, detailed in their paper Modelling of a 50 MWth…

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