Tag: Nannochloropsis

A new DNA editing toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis

Over the past decade, the science of engineering genes has become much more precise. That goes especially for CRISPR, a set of tools to delete or edit genes in an organism’s DNA. Scientists are using CRISPR to understand how plants and animals work. They are also exploiting it to create new applications…

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Understanding oil production in Nannochloropsis

Phys.org reports on research at Tokyo Institute of Technology that has identified unique lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferases as being the central enzymes for triacylglycerol synthesis by the oleaginous alga Nannochloropsis, uncovering mechanisms of biofuel production in microalgae…

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Nannochloropsis’ life at the bottom of the food chain

Sulogna Mehta reports for the Times of India that scientists from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), in Vizag, the largest city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, have successfully produced nannochloropsis microalgae concentrate through indoor and outdoor culture, to serve as feed for…

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Demand booming in China for algal EPA-fortified eggs

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) fortified eggs are developing quite a demand among middle and upper-class consumers in China. With clinical trials demonstrating that EPA can improve blood circulation and reduce the formation of blood clots, among many other positive attributes, retailors in major cities including Beijing…

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Genetic manipulation for algal biofuel productivity

The Suffield Times reports that Dr. Hiroyuki Ohta, at Tokyo Institute of Technology, along with a team of scientists, has discovered a means to enhance the manufacturing of triacylglycerols – fat-based molecules – within the Nannochloropsis algal strain NNIES-2145, thereby synthesizing oil from the microalgae…

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