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Algal Bioenergy SIG publishes report on activities and achievements over the last 5 years

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) was formed in 2011 with support from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK and managed by the Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd. (KTN). The ABSIG has three main objectives: To ensure that project developers fully understand the environmental implications of any planned algal commercialisation activity in...
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Selective nutrient recovery from wastewaters and energy production using microalgae

Industrial Phycology and Swansea University were awarded an ABSIG SPARK Award in 2013 for a project on " Selective Nutrient Recovery from Wastewaters and Energy Production Using Microalga." Industrial Phycology has developed a new process which enables algae for the first time to be used at industrial scales as a wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery process with the goal of...
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Analysing levels of plant growth promoters in seaweed juice for natural fertilisers

Seaweed extract is often high in cytokinins and auxins, both of which are a class of plant growth improvers. Consequently, a number of companies outside the UK sell seaweed extracts as a natural fertiliser, which can be used to promote plant growth. Uist Asco Ltd  produce dried  Ascophyllum Nodosum , and are now looking to enter the liquid seaweed extract market. A 2013...
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Literature review on biofuels from algae: technology options, energy balance & GHG emissions

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a literature review on " Biofuels from algae: technology options, energy balance and GHG emissions." Click here to access the literature review.
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Using algae to improve the sustainability credentials of food production

Wageningen UR scientists in Mexico are investigating the use of algae to improve the sustainability credentials of food production - specifically by using the algae to extract nutrients from the residual water from vegetable greenhouses. Project leader Dorinde Kleinegris, Wageningen UR, says: “In Mexico many capsicums and tomatoes are grown in vegetable greenhouses. A large...
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Making plastics from seaweeds

An article on the Wageningen UR website highlights the potential for making plastics from seaweeds (rather than petroleum, maize or sugar beet) in the context of the circular economy.  Sander van den Burg said, " If we can produce plastic from seaweed on a large scale this would mean using fewer fossil fuels and freeing up valuable agricultural land for food production." ...
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Algal Innovation Centre to officially open on 9th May

The Official Opening of the  Algal Innovation Centre  (AIC) at Cambridge University will take place on 9th May 2016. The afternoon will begin with an open viewing of the AIC, followed by a welcome and talks by academic and industrial partners within the algal biotechnology and physiology arena. The formal opening and ribbon cutting will then take place in the AIC, where it is...
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Marine algae to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming

As part of a partnership with Olmix Group, Inra researchers have shown that a compound extracted from green algae inhibited the growth of pathogenic bacteria in vitro and stimulated the production of immunity mediators by intestinal epithelial cells. This type of preparation could be used in livestock feed to improve animals’ resistance to infections and therefore reduce the use of...
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Modelling and simulation as support tools to create microalgae value chains

Partners of the BISIGODOS FP7 project are holding a workshop to show how modelling and simulation tools can contribute to ensure the competitiveness of microalgae refineries. BISIGODOS aims to address the production of valuable algae derived chemicals, amino acids and high added-value bio-resins starting from algae biomass fed directly with CO2 from industrial emissions (cement,...
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Plant-based alternative protein options emerge from the sea

When one hears the term “alternative protein source” tofu, tempeh and seitan are what typically come to mind. In the March issue of Food Technology, Toni Tarver writes about three lesser known, but just as nutritious and palatable alternative protein sources.   Algae-Derived Proteins Algae are a diverse group of photosyntehetic organisms that are chiefly aquatic,...
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Solazyme focuses its algae platform to redefine the future of food

Solazyme has announced that it is focusing the Company exclusively on food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, harnessing the power of its transformational algae innovation platform. The evolution leverages over a decade of R&D and product development on an innovative suite of algae-based food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, as well as extensive investment in building...
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Another step closer to finding key to converting algae to biofuel

Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences believe that they may have found a key “transcription factor”, known as ROC40, for the conversion of algal into biofuel. Bala Rathinasabapathi, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences said “Our discovery about the ROC40 protein suggests that it may be increasing the expression of genes...
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Explore the potential and challenges of seaweed cultivation, 16-18 May, Oban

The 2016 GlobalSeaweed Workshop will take place on 16-18 May 2016 at SAMS, Oban, Scotland Attendance on this course is limited to 20 participants so book early!  Places will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. This second summerschool to be run by the GlobalSeaweed Network will explore the potential and challenges of seaweed cultivation. This...
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Catch up on the latest algal bioenergy news, funding and events

The February 2016 edition of KTN's  Algal Bioenergy newsletter  is now out, filled with all the latest news, events and funding programmes of relevance to algal bioenergy.  If you are not on KTN's algal bioenergy mailing list, you can  click here  or on the image below to view newsletter.  You can subscribe to our Agri-Food, Biosciences and...
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Are you interested in the opportunities presented by algae as a source of biofuel?

The   International Conference on  Marine Biomass as Renewable Energy , being held on 3-4 March 2016 in Glasgow, has announced an exciting programme of keynote presentations by high profile speakers and six sessions packed with the latest research findings. Registration is due to close on Tuesday 16th February, so register today to ensure that you don't miss out...
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Encasing stem cells in alginate gel made from seaweed to protect them from the environment

Stem cells have been put into plasters and bandages to help heal wounds for the first time, thanks to a new technique developed by scientists at Newcastle University. The method of encasing stem cells in an alginate gel made from seaweed makes them practical to use, adaptable and easy to store – even at room temperature. Publishing in STEM CELLS Translational...
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Invitation to 6th European Algae Biomass 2016 Summit, 20-21 April, Berlin

6th European Algae Biomass 2016 Summit 20-21 April 2016,  Berlin (EUREF Campus), Germany  ACI’s 6th European Algae Biomass 2016 Summit will discuss the latest commercial and technical developments, challenges and research breakthroughs throughout the entire algae chain to accelerate commercialization of the algal biomass through applied business strategy.  ...
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Catch up on the latest algal bioenergy news, funding and events

We have just published the January edition of our  Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) newsletter. As usual it is packed with information on the latest funding calls, events and research news. You can view the newsletter by  clicking here  or on the image below. Don't want to miss out in future? You can subscribe to our newsletters here .  ...
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Catch up on the latest algal bioenergy news, funding and events in our December newsletter

We have just published the December edition of our  Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) newsletter . As usual it is packed with information on the latest funding calls, events and research news. You can view the newsletter by  clicking here  or on the image below. Don't want to miss out in future? You can subscribe to our newsletters here . ...
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Check out the programme for the Marine Biomass as Renewable Energy conference, 3-4 Mar 2016, Glasgow

International Conference on Marine Biomass as Renewable Energy 3rd-4th March 2016, Glasgow One source of biofuels has been identified as marine biomass or marine algae. Many researchers are working on the feasibility of using algae as a feedstock for producing bio-fuels. One example of biofuel from marine algae would be the conversion of Marine biomass to methane via anaerobic...
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ABSIG Case Study: On a Mission to Build Links in the USA

T he Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) has just published a new Case Study, to highlight the  five-day Microalgae Mission to the USA which took place in earlier this year with the aim of building strategic partnerships. Ten microalgae experts from the UK took part in this mission, which was organised by ABSIG, PHYCONET (A BBSRC NIBB) and the UK Science and...
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Single cell algae’s genome may aid biofuel production

The draft genome sequence of Chrysochromulina tobin , a haptophyte algae, has recently been reported in the journal PLOS Genetics . Microalgae such as C. tobin can play an important role in carbon sequestration and are an important link in the aquatic food chain.  It is hoped that a better understanding of haptophytes could reveal them as an important new tool for aquaculture,...
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Catch up on the latest algal bioenergy news, funding and events

We have just published the November edition of our  Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) newsletter . As usual it is packed with information on the latest funding calls, events and research news. You can view the newsletter by  clicking here  or on the image below. Don't want to miss out in future? You can join the  ABSIG  on _connect and opt...
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Are you gong to Algae Europe, 1-3 Dec 2015, Lisbon?

The Algae Europe Conference is being held on 1-3 Dec 2015 in  Lisbon, Portugal. Seesions include: The industrial and research scenario worldwide The Science behind the innovation potential in Europe High value products from microalgae At the break of Commercialisation - The Algae Cluster Research - EU projects Limits to cultivation and new...
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Catch up on the latest algal bioenergy news, funding and events

We have just published the October edition of our  Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) newsletter . As usual it is packed with information on the latest funding calls, events and research news. You can view the newsletter by  clicking here  or on the image below. Don't want to miss out in future? You can join the  ABSIG  on _connect and opt...
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Webinar on funding opportunities for Industrial Biotech & SynBio

This KTN webinar provided an update on the upcoming funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology & synthetic biology, with particular focus on the remit of each competition and where applications are likely to fit best. 

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