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Marine microalgae breakthrough toward fish-free aquaculture feed

Dartmouth College scientists have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia, the second most farmed fish in the world and the most widely farmed in the United States. The findings, which appear in the open-access journal  PLOS ONE , are a major breakthrough in the quest to develop sustainable, fish-free feeds for...
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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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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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Mexico is the ideal country to grow microalgae for biodiesel

A study conducted by experts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Newcastle, concluded that Mexico is ideal for developing the growth of certain species of microalgae, which can be used as feedstocks for biodiesel.  Chlorella, Scenedesmus & Desmodesmus are native to Texcoco Lake and can be grown in just one day and processed into...
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Enzyme discovery reveals how green microalgae produces large amounts of liquid hydrocarbons

Botryococcus braunii, a green microalgae found in freshwater ponds and lakes around the world, is a promising biofuel feedstock candidate. It produces large amounts of liquid hydrocarbons that can be converted into fuels, but it also grows very slowly, so is not currently considered to be economically viable as a biofuel producer. Scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife have been...
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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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GlycoMar Limited and MicroA AS launch new company specialising in production of polysaccharides from microalgae

Scottish biotechnology company GlycoMar and Norwegian technology company MicroA have announced a new joint venture business, called Prasinotech Ltd. The new company is registered in Scotland. Prasinotech is the first company in the world specialising in the production of polysaccharides from microalgae. The products will have applications in healthcare, cosmetics, and nutrition. ...
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Exploring the potential of microalgae as a livestock feed

A recently published paper in Carbon Balance and Management has looked at the potential of microalgae as a livestock feed. In the abstract to the paper, the authors said, "Land scarcity already creates tension between food security and bioenergy production, and this competition is likely to intensify as populations and the effects of climate change expand. Despite research into...
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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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Working towards sustainable aviation biofuels from microalgae - could you be part of the solution?

Aviation is one of the fastest growing transport sectors with an expected annual growth of 5% annually up to 2050. With this in mind, the European Commission, Airbus and high-level representatives from industry have launched the European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath . The roadmap aims to deliver 2 million tons of sustainable biofuels by 2020, including biofuels derived...
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Microalgae for Aviation Biofuels, 24 November 2015 at Birmingham Airport

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) is organising a free one-day workshop on Algae as a Tool in Ecosystem Services: Microalgae to Aviation Biofuels on 24th November 2015 at Birmingham Airport .   Opportunities for microalgae in aviation biofuels The objective of this workshop is to bring together key stakeholders - from microalgae...
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Microalgae to Aviation Biofuels Workshop on 24th November - Register now

Register now for Algae as a Tool in Ecosystem Services: Microalgae to Aviation Biofuels , Tuesday 24th November 2015 at Birmingham Airport - a free one-day workshop brought to you by the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG). Industry and senior academics are invited to submit an abstract (deadline 9th October) to present a 5 minute ‘pitch’ or book an exhibition stand. ...
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Light scattering potential of single-celled algae could promote efficient bioenergy production

Researchers at Hiroshima University and the University of Tsukuba have shown that coccolith disks made of calcium carbonate in  Emiliania huxleyi , one of the promising biomass resources, potentially perform roles in reducing and enhancing the light that enters the cell by light scattering. Elucidation of the physiological significance of coccolith formation in  E. huxleyi...
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Researchers screen micro-algae strains for large scale low cost biotechnology applications

A recently published paper in Scientific Reports  has looked at a set of marine micro-algae strains which could be considered as possible candidates for large scale/low cost biotech purposes such as biodiesel, biogas and added-value nutraceutical feeds. The researchers picked out two strains as the best lipid producers, and identified other strains with higher carbohydrate...
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Microalgae could be a viable feedstuff for ruminants

An article on the American Society of Animal Science website highlights a piece recently published work by scientists at Montana State University and Iowa State University into the potential of microalgae a a feedstock for cattle. The scientists had been approached by Solazyme, a company that uses algae as a raw material, to see if they could find a use for the waste...
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Do you work with microalgae? Invitation to add your capabilities and wish-lists to our Microalgae Database

AB SIG   and  PHYCONET   are   developing an  Industry 'Wish-List' and Capability Database for Microalgae to provide b usinesses and researchers with a clearer understanding of the molecules and/or functionality that end-users are seeking. They would like to invite the microalage research and business communities to to add their input to this...
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Study finds that algae will cope well in climate change

Marine algae may be better equipped to deal with climate change than expected, research shows.  Scientists investigated the likely future impact of changing environmental conditions on ocean phytoplankton, a microscopic plant that forms the basis of all the oceans’ food chains. Phytoplankton is important for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, while generating much of...
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Natura and Solazyme announce sales agreement for microalgae oil

Natura Cosméticos S.A. one of Latin America’s largest cosmetics and personal care products company, and Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oils and ingredients company, have announced that after successfully completing testing and product validation phases over the past year using Solazyme’s oils, Natura is purchasing Solazyme’s high-performance AlgaPūrTM Microalgae Oil, which will be...
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Commercialising Microalgae: Updated programme

The deadline to register for Commercialising Microalgae: Determining industry needs, 16 June 2015, NEC Birmingham is Friday 12th June. The latest programme can be found here .   Who should attend? This workshop is aimed at industry and senior academics ONLY . Focusing on molecules from fuel to higher value chemicals.   What is it about? ...
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Commercialising Microalgae: Last few days to register for this one-day business workshop

There are only 10 days left to register for the  “ Commercialising microalgae: Determining industry needs ”  consortia-building event on Tuesday 16th June 2015 in Birmingham.  If you are an industry looking for bio-alternative molecules or new functionality , then register today, as there are a limited number of places remaining and registration closes on 12th...
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Have you booked your pitch presentation slot at the Commercialising Microalgae Workshop? Deadline 18th May.

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) and PHYCONET (a BBSRC NIBB) invite you to attend a workshop on “ Commercialising microalgae: Determining industry needs ”  on Tuesday 16th June 2015 in Birmingham. The objective of the workshop is to build partnerships and consortia for current funding competitions. Consortia Building Workshop ...
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Efficient synthetic biology methods to genetically engineer microalgae

Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and their colleagues have published a paper outlining new synthetic biology methods to manipulate a type of microalgae called diatoms. The researchers, including PhD students Rachel Diner and Jeff McQuiad and their advisor Andrew Allen from Scripps, conclude that these new and...
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Bioasphalt: from microalgae to “green roads”?

Microalgae offer a highly promising alternative to petroleum products without competing for resources used in the food industry. They have now been used for the first time to make — asphalt! Researchers at the CEISAM (Chimie et Interdisciplinarité: Synthèse, Analyse, Modélisation - CNRS / Université de Nantes), GEPEA (Génie des Procédés Environnement et Agroalimentaire - CNRS /...
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Congratulations to the successful applicants for the Microalgae Mission to the US

Congratulations to the 10 successful applicants to Microalgae Mission to the USA, which will take place on 8-13 March 2015. We received 27 applications in total, demonstrating strong interest within the UK algal community in developing synergies and collaborations, finding new customers, and seeking opportunities for knowledge exchange with the US. The ten sucessful UK participants...
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Algae Around the World Symposium, 19 March, Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is hosting a symposium showcasing new research on microalgae coming from the UK and further afield, via collaborative projects. Algae are present in every biome of the planet, ranging from species found in the coldest regions of Antarctica to the hottest deserts. This remarkable biodiversity means that algae represent a rich resource: as expression hosts,...
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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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