Category: Research

Russian, German scientists developing new algal biotechnology

Researchers of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University(SPbPU) in collaboration with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) have completed an international joint project to create a resource and CO2-neutral energy closed-loop technology from the microalgae Chlorella sorokiniana…

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A new process for milking algae mechanically

Algae have struggled for years to be competitive with petroleum-derived chemical production. Algae are more favorable to petroleum from an environmental standpoint but the production cost of culturing, collecting, extracting and refining adds up to make the process too expensive for practical use…

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Chlamydomonas light regulation doubles biomass yield

Due to the overall low thermodynamic efficiency (1 – 4%) of photosynthesis and its impact on crop productivity, substantial efforts are being made to engineer photosynthesis to improve its light use and carbon capture efficiency to increase crop yields. The greatest potential for increasing…

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Producing a Better Algae for Biofuels with Wastewater

The Los Alamos Reporter highlights new research by New Mexico Consortium scientist, Joseph Msanne, along with colleagues Shawn Starkenburg and Juergen Polle, that looks at whether growing algae for biofuels using wastewater from different sources can lead to a higher end lipid content…

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Microalgae Food for Honeybees

Kim Kaplan reports for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that a microscopic algae could provide a complete and sustainably sourced supplemental diet to boost the robustness of managed honey bees, according to…

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Blue-green algae patch mends wounds quickly

Alice Klein reports that a skin patch made of living blue-green algae speeds up wound healing in mice and may help to treat chronic wounds in people with diabetes, according to research published recently in the journal Science Advances. About a quarter of people with diabetes develop chronic wounds because…

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Algal-based nasal spray may prevent COVID-19

A nasal spray derived from algae and a plant in the tobacco family could offer a preventive measure for COVID-19. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and the University of Louisville are making a molecule called Q-griffithsin, using an anti-viral protein found in the New Zealand…

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1 billion-year-old macroalgae identified

Virginia Tech paleontologists have made a remarkable discovery in China: 1 billion-year-old micro-fossils of green seaweeds that could be related to the ancestor of the earliest land plants and trees that first developed 450 million years ago. The micro-fossil seaweeds — a form of algae known as…

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Microalgae as a sustainable protein source

New Food Magazine reports that a new Danish project called “Microalgae for Food” has received DKK 750,000 (approximately $110,000US) in co-financing from the Ministry of Education and Research via the Danish Food Innovation network to find out how to use microalgae as a sustainable protein source…

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New process for algae to treat effluent

The Naked Scientists report that a team at Murdoch University Algae R&D Centre, in Perth, Western Australia, led by Navid Moheimani and Parisa Bahri, has developed a unique process that uses algae to treat effluent. The process involves first passing the effluent through an anaerobic…

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