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Using genotype selection for optimal EPA production of a commercial microalgal strain

AlgaeCytes Ltd and the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth used their 2014 ABSIG SPARK award to look at g enotype selection for optimal EPA production of a commercial microalgal strain.   AlgaeCytes is focused on developing and commercialising bioactive ingredients in particular Omega 3 oils (EPA - Eicosapentaenoic acid) and proteins for the healthcare,...
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Growing algae for fish feed in agricultural units

GJL & AM Western and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) received a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to investigate algae bioremediation of wastewater from a Jade perch growth system. Early in 2014 two modern chicken rearing houses became vacant presenting an opportunity to look at different livestock systems. The buildings are well insulated and with the current advantages of...
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Shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration

Octoply Ltd and University College London received a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to investigate a shipboard photobioreactor for nutrient cycling, biomass production and pollutant sequestration. The shipping industry is a major and increasing contributor to global carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions that contribute to climate change. There is potential to scrub CO 2 and NO x from ship...
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Biogas, hydrogen and energy potential of algae grown in nutrient rich wastewater

Industrial Phycology and Cranfield University used their 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award for a project on "Biogas, hydrogen and energy potential of algae grown in nutrient rich wastewater." The SPARK funding allowed Industrial Phycology to demonstrate that its technology offers several ecosystem service benefits within a single process. By using microalgae as a wastewater treatment option...
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Identifying the genetic changes that impact lipid production in microalgae

Algenuity, Spicer Consulting Limited and  Rothamsted Research (RRES)  were awarded SPARK funding in 2013 to perform a l ipidomics screen of a Chlorella sp insertional gene trap strain bank. Microalgae represent commercial opportunities with regard to the breadth of biomolecules that they naturally produce as well as their comparatively rapid growth cycles and their...
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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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Engineering microalgae for pharmaceutical production

IOTA Pharmaceuticals Ltd and the  University of Greenwich received SPARK funding in 2013 to examine the  microalga Dunaliella salina   as a potential production vehicle for nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals, using 1) an integrated biorefinery approach, centred on producing and processing biomass at scale; and 2) contained approaches, for studying stress-induced...
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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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Redress: health provision through functional foods, securing a supply of red seaweeds

Loch Fyne Seafarms and the Scottish Association for Marine Science wer e awarded an ABSIG SPARK award in 2013 for their project " Redress: health provision through functional foods, securing a supply of red seaweeds." There is a resurgence of interest in edible seaweeds such as dulse, as their health benefits are noted and their use is endorsed and popularised by...
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Developing a Lab-scale method for measuring biogas potential from microalgae

University of Cambridge and  Anaero Technology were awarded a 2014 ABSIG SPARK Award to explore whether  anaerobic digestion of algae biomass is a possible route of utilisation of algae biomass.   Research into using microalgae for the bioremediation of waste streams, for example those from tertiary waste water treatment, has been gaining momentum in the UK. However,...
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Investigating the protein stabilisation properties of macroalgae extracts

Applied Enzyme Technology Ltd (AET) and IBERS, Aberystwyth University received a 2013 SPARK Award to fund an investigation into the ability of specific algal sugars to stabilise enzymes. The sugars were extracted from seaweeds harvested off the coast of mid-Wales and purified forms were used in two studies with enzymes of interest to AET.  Enzymes selected from E.C. classes 1...
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Preventing microalgae from adhering to plastic bag photobioreactors

Ardtoe Marine Laboratory (AML), a world leader in marine aquaculture, science and technology and the  University of Glasgow recieved a 2013 SPARK award to i dentifying why the microalgae Tetraselmis adheres to plastic bag photobioreactors, and to develop preventitive strategies. When growing the microalgae Tetraselmis suecica in plastic bag photobioreactors (PBPBR) ...
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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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