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SEAFARM: Macroalgae for a biobased society

A new project is looking at ways to change macroalgae such as sugar kelp from an environmental problem into a valuable renewable resource. The SEAFARM project, led by Fredrik Gröndahl of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, will use a transdisciplinary research approach to cultivate seaweeds for use as a raw material in a biorefinery for the production of food, feed,...
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Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland highlights macroalgae as a longer term feedstock

In the next step towards growing Scotland’s bioeconomy, the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group, supported by Scottish Enterprise, has released the Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland at the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum Showcase in London. The Roadmap outlines the actions required and the support needed to contribute to industry’s goal of...
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New call for up to 6 Algal Bioenergy SPARK Awards

Do you have a bright idea for a new collaborative project? Are you part of a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) or University/Research Institut e? The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB SIG), through the Knowledge Transfer Network, is pleased to announce that 6 Algal SPARK Awards are now live and able to accept applications.  The SPARK Awards are being...
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Growing a Seaweed Economy in East Anglia

Growing a Seaweed Economy in East Anglia Kings Centre, Norwich, 27th March 2014, 9am Start Norfolk County Council, The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the North Sea Marine Cluster would like to invite you to an event that hopes to explore the prospects of marine biomass farming off the coast of East Anglia. The day will cover a variety of...
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International Bioenergy Conference 2014

A three-day event with a mixture of academic and industry speakers in different themes relating to bioenergy, organised by UK Research Councils and the Technology Strategy Board. The UK Research Councils and Technology Strategy Board are investing substantially in research and development into bioenergy, notable examples being the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC) and the EPSRC...
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Algal Blooms in China

 Qingdao for the sixth year running is besieged by an algal bloom twice the size of LA. The cause is the macroalgae Ulva profilera but not everyone it seems has a dislike of algal blooms. As can be seen in the article from the Los Angeles Times ( link) people are still taking to the seaweed dense water. This form of seaweed is eaten China and is know as hutia and some 2440 people are...
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Short BBC report on growing seaweed for biofuels

There is a short video on the BBC website, highlighting some research being carried out by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (Sams) to determine optimal ways to grow seaweed for biofuels. The scientists are growing sugar kelp on textile mats suspended in sea water, in order to identify which of 11 different materials  gives the best yield of seaweed. You can watch the...
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Algal Biotechnology Industry Roadmap Report Published

The UK has significant academic expertise, which could help increase industry capacity to culture and extract products from algae in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner. Last year, two stakeholder roadmapping workshops were held to gauge current and future opportunities conducive to creating a sustainable and robust algal biotechnology...
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Algal SPARK Awards- Apologies for the slight delay

For those who don't know _connect is about to be updated. This has meant a slight delay in the uploading of documentation for the Algal SPARKS on to the website and currently we are unable to accept online submissions to the  competition. Any issues with _connect will hopefully be solved within the next week. In order not to add to the delay further if you follow the  link ...
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NERC AB SIG Knowledge Exchange Fellow

After serving a successful year as the AB SIG KE Fellow Joanne Pitt has a new full time post at SAMS as their KE manager so the AB SIG is seeking a new KE fellow for the next 2 years. The post requires a whole systems, interdisciplinary approach to Algal Bioenergy and the ability to transfer knowledge from all relevant academia, Centres and units into industry.   The KE Fellow...
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Algal Industry Roadmap Launch and Algal SPARK Awards

We are pleased to confirm the following speakers at the Roadmap Launch event on the 3rd June. Prof Mike Cowling, the Chief Scientific Officer of The Crown Estate will give a brief introduction to the Roadmap followed by a more in-depth analysis by the roadmap authors Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley and Dr Brenda Parker from Adapt. The programme also includes talks from a range of different...
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Programme for UK Algal Industry Roadmap and SPARK Awards launch confirmed

The programme for the launch event for the Algal Industry Roadmap and SPARK Awards,which is a free event and is due to take place on the 3rd June in London, has now been confirmed. The event will take the following format   1.00pm Registration and lunch 2.00pm Introduction from the AB SIG Funders - Chris Franklin (NERC) and Merlin Goldman (TSB) 2.15pm ...
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Algal Technologies Industry Roadmap and SPARK Award Launch

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB SIG), following two successful Roadmap Events in 2012, will launch its the Algal Technologies Industry Roadmap Report at an event on Monday 3rd June 2013. Together with the Report a series of SPARK Awards will also be announced. The Event is free to attend and will be held at the Ironmongers Hall, Shaftesbury Place, London starting at 1.00...
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Extreme Algae Blooms

Every picture tells a story- National Geographic have highlighted in a recent article and through a series of pictures ( link ) the increase in what they describe as extreme algal blooms. The link is made between the expanding human population and the increased use of fertilisers to help meet the demands for food. This then leads to excess nutrients making their way into our water sytems and...
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Industrial Biotechnology study tour of Norway – Last remaining places

The Biosciences KTN and Innovasjon Norge are co-organising a tour of Norway with the aim to assist UK companies interested or working in the area of industrial biotechnology & biorefining to make contacts in Norway. This tour will be an opportunity to discuss ideas and develop projects – particularly if interested in applying for the TSB & IN joint funded competition in...
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Seaweed to bioethanol- Chinese and US companies announce plans for collaboration

China's Xunshan Group, the world's largest grower of brown seaweed, will work with Bio Architecture Lab, a US biotechnology company, to convert seaweed into renewable chemicals, fuel and other products for both the Chinese and global market. The two companies want to develop a biorefinery approach to seaweed biofuel/animal feed/commodity chemical production. More info can be...
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Algaculture for Biotechnology Training Course

If you're currently working in algaculture, biotechnology or biofuels, or you require an understanding of the incredible potential of algae for pharmaceutical, neutraceutical or industrial uses, this hands-on two-day course provides a solid introduction for you.   Delivered by leading algal scientists from http://www.ccap.ac.uk/ (the Culture Collection of Algae...
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Seaweed in your toothpaste

Seaweed extracts are already used to thicken toothpastes.  But researchers at Newcastle University whilst investigating new forms of antifouling have discovered a marine microbe isolated from the surface of seaweed is more effective at preventing tooth decay. Further information can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18686179
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Another usual use of seaweed

Mike Lean, of Glasgow University, and businessman Donnie Maclean have team up to produce a nutritional balance pizza. In order to reduce the salt contain they have included seaweed in the pizza. Salt substitues containing seaweed are all ready available and several firms also sell seaweed as a form of flavouring for salads and soups. For more info check out the BBC website at...
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Algae@UCL

UCL have just lauched a new website for the algal community. Details can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/algae-at-ucl/
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AB SIG launch their Strategy Research Agenda

A new report from the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB-SIG) highlights the benefits of cultivating and using both macroalgae (seaweed) and microalgae (microscopic floating plants such as phytoplankton) in a wide range of products. It also identifies some of the research that should be done to understand and manage the potential impacts on the Earth’s environmental...
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Seaweed: Should people eat more of it?

The magazine section of the BBC news site has an interest article on the potential health benefits of eating seaweed. So should we follow Asia and start including more seaweed in our diets. There are seaweed salt replacements already commerically available for table salt (http://www.nutri-health.co.uk/product/for-men/superfoods/raw-seaweed-salt.aspx ) or you can try making your own...
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YouTube video on seaweed

Thierry Chopin from the University of New Brunswick has posted the following video on YouTube entitled “Seaweeds – a part of everyday life”. The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZup18AZtzk   This short video should be of interest to the general public, the experts and educators alike. Its aimed at being educational with a touch of humor, this video should...
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Scottish Salmon Company Starts Seaweed Trails

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has begun trials of an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) system at its award winning Loch Roag site on Lewis. In conjunction with its salmon farming operation, the company is now introducing seaweed on to its mooring ropes to achieve a greater natural balance in the management of the water area. The trials have been developed with the ...
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Ph.D in the development of production systems for the commercial culture of Ulva species in the UK.

Applicants are sought for a fully funded Ph.D. studentship to develop systems and protocols for year-round production and growth of Ulva species in the UK at the School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University   . This studentship benefits from strong commercial links to the whole foods market, and the anti-fouling and bioenergy sectors.   Experience of...
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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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