Category: Process

Learn spirulina farming — the French way

Apogee Spirulina, in association with Santa Fe Community College is offering two 4-day workshops, where students will get three days of hands-on Artisan Spirulina farming, learning the French cultivation method.The Spirulina portion of the course will be taught by Nicholas Petrovic, proprietor of Apogee Spirulina…

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Naturex triples spirulina production capacity

Naturex is expanding its spirulina-based food coloring products with the addition of Vegebrite® Ultimate Spirulina, which offers all shades of blue and green when blended with Naturex’s natural yellows. The coloring properties are derived from the spirulina’s phycocyanin pigment. The company’s new extraction…

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Developing the edible seaweed market in India

D. Balasubramanian writes in thehindu.com that about 844 seaweed species are documented from India, a country with a coast line of 7,500 km. Peninsular India from Gujarat all way to Odisha and West Bengal has a coast line of 5,200 km, and Andaman and Nicobar together have a coast…

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Japan’s euglena first for seaweed standard

The Fish Site reports that euglena Co., a Japanese microalgae producer, has become the first in the world to attain certification for the new ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard. The certification recognizes sustainably managed fish and seafood products. euglena was initially founded after its CEO, Mitsuru Izumo…

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New Farm Bill benefits algae farmers

Steve Fountain writes in fortstocktonpioneer.com that, amid the 800-page law that last month set the country’s farm policy through 2023, is the expansion of federal support for algae agriculture — a change that had been long sought by the industry. Few farms have welcomed the news more…

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Reports of algal biofuel’s death greatly exaggerated

In an article in Forbes magazine in October — An Algal Biofuel Obituary — Robert Rapier, a chemical engineer in the energy industry, discussed the overhyped biofuel companies in the algae space, and the failures of numerous start-ups that couldn’t deliver on their promises, after hundreds of millions…

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Cyanotech gives FlowCam a workout

Cyanotech Corporation produces the BioAstin and Spirulina Pacifica lines of high-quality microalgae products for human health and nutrition. They are produced in a sustainable, reliable, and environmentally sensitive operation based out of Kailua Kona, HI…

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Mazda backs carbon-neutral biofuel research

Mazda U.K. has announced that they are currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae. As part of its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term technology…

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SWALG to promote algae in Switzerland

The Swiss Algae Consortium Association (SWALG) was founded in May 2018 as a non-profit organization that serves as a platform for algae-related activities in Switzerland and beyond. The aim of the organization is to promote research, development and commercialization of algal technology through knowledge…

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Global scientists strategize on macroalgal ecosystems

Twenty eight scientists from nine countries are this week meeting at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart, the capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, as part of a Working Group to develop a strategy for monitoring macroalgal ecosystems around the world. The meeting has been organized…

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Algae becoming a sustainable feedstock for bioplastics

The demand for bioplastics is growing globally. Major consumer brands are investing in bioplastics as an opportunity to lower their environmental footprint, including Lego, and Danone, among others. Indeed, the rising demand for bioplastics is influencing the next generation of material choices for packaging and consumer goods…

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Profit model for co-products at algal biorefineries

Annie Megan Santamaria writes from Mumbai, India, in researchmatters.in that, in a new study, Prof. Yogendra Shastri and his team from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) have designed a computer simulation tool that can take into account the demand…

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Microalgae repository inaugurated in India

Thehindu.com reports that Sangita M. Kasture, Joint Director of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at India’s Bharathidasan University, said during the recent Inauguration of the National Repository for Micro-algae and Cyanobacteria-Freshwater, that the Centre had recently approved a national policy…

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John Innes Centre takes a closer look at algal blooms

Scientists at the John Innes Centre, located in Norwich, Norfolk, England, are relying on automatic photobioreactors from Algenuity to look more closely at algal blooms. “Our work so far has centered on the Prymnesiumgolden algae,” said Professor Rob Field, a Project Leader at the Centre. “These produce a toxin lethal…

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