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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...

Join Innovate UK at All-Energy Conference 2015, 6th & 7th May in Glasgow

Innovate UK invites you to come & join them at  All-Energy 2015  in Glasgow on 6th and 7th May. The event, which is free to attend, brings together 7,000 industry...

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...

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! ...

Communicating the Bioeconomy

The three UK Bioscience Leadership Councils - Industrial Biotechnology (IBLF), Agri-Tech (ATLF), and Synthetic Biology (SBLC) - have prepared a series of infographics on ‘ ...

Algae from wastewater can solve two problems

In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value...

UK Algae Mission to the USA helps build transatlantic relationships

Brenda Parker, of University College London, and co-founder of Phytofutures (a spin out company developing algal bioremediation), has posted an interesting article on synbiobeta.com about the...

Catch up with the latest Industrial Biotechnology news - IBLF Newsletter available now

The latest edition of the IBLF Newsletter is now available for download.  The newsletter features a report on the successful IB Showcase event held in February, and a new...

Partnering workshop: Commercialising microalgae, 16 June, Birmingham

Commercialising microalgae: Determining industry needs Tuesday 16 June 2015 10-4.30 (Registration starts at 9.30) NEC, Birmingham Cost: Free Register via this link ...

April edition of the Algal Bioenergy SIG newsletter now available

The April edition of our Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) newsletter is packed with information on the latest funding calls, events and research news. You can view the...

Call Open: ABSIG SPARK Plus Awards

Closing date: 16.00 on 22 May 2015 The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK are to invest £50,000 in early-stage R&D projects aimed at encouraging...

ABSIG SPARK Plus awards call to open on 13th April - Get ahead and download the call document today

We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming call for SPARK Plus Awards on the theme of " Algae as a Tool in Ecosystem Services: Biofuel and Bioenergy " will open on Monday 13th...

9th European Marine Natural Products Conference, 30 Aug - 2 Sep 2015, Glasgow

The 9th European Marine Natural Products Conference will be held in Glasgow on 30th August – 2nd  September 2015 at the newly built Technical Innovation Centre (TIC), University of...

Algae and seaweed projects amongst Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst round 2 winners

24 ground-breaking projects have won a share of funding to develop their innovative ideas through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. The Catalyst was set up in January 2014 to support UK...

The Biotechnology YES competition is open for applications until 29th May 2015.

Biotechnology YES , now in its 20th year, is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of ideas among early career researchers. The competition is funded...

Microalgae Mission to USA: Event review

Microalgae Mission to USA 8-13 March 2015 NB: Blog written for UK SIN website for a general audience In our sea and waterways live organisms capable of supplying us...

Pre-announcement: Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group SPARK Plus awards

Opens: Monday 13th April 2015 Closes: 5pm Friday 22nd May 2015 NERC and Innovate UK are pleased to announce that a call for SPARK Plus Awards will be published in April 2015 through...

Algae from clogged waterways could serve as biofuels and fertilizer

Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists at a meeting of the American Chemical Society have reported that they are...

11th International Conference on 
Renewable Resources & Biorefineries, 3 – 5 June, York

Call for abstracts http://www.rrbconference.com/call-abstrats Register here http://www.rrbconference.com/registration   Delegates from university, industry, governmental and...

New collaboration to explore opportunities for "Agriculture at Sea" in the Netherlands

A collaborative venture between leading institutes in the Netherlands is aiming to explore the contours of a sustainable seaweed chain this year.  The project includes various Wageningen UR...
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Reduction and Utilization of Food Loss and Waste, 26 May, Norway

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Total Food 2014, 11th-13th November, Norwich

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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...

UK Algae Mission to the USA highlights opportunities arising from algal synthetic biology

Brenda Parker, of University College London, and co-founder of Phytofutures (a spin out company developing algal bioremediation), has posted an interesting article on synbiobeta.com about the...

Find out more about funding to help maximise value from existing feedstocks

Maximising Value from Existing Feedstocks: Funding Workshop, 17 March 2015, Birmingham The Plants to Products (   P2P ) BBSRC Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy...

15 PhD positions available in algal research and biotechnology

Do you hold a MSc degree or are you expecting to complete one before July 15th, 2015? If you want to undertake further doctoral research and training as part of an international and highly...

Solazyme wins Green Synthetic Pathways Award for its tailored oils produced from microalgal fermentation

Solazyme, Inc ., has won a 2014   Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award  for Greener Synthetic Pathways for its tailored oils produced from microalgal fermentation. ...

Algal Biotechnology and Bioenergy SPARK call closes tomorrow

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...

Algal Biotechnology and Bioenergy SPARK call closes tomorrow

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...

Ecover trials synthetically modified algal oils as alternative to palm oils

Ecover has announced its intention trial algal oils derived from synthetically modified organisms in its products.   In a statement on their website they say “The term synthetic biology...

Unilever's Lux Becomes First Soap Brand to Utilize Solazyme's Sustainable Algal Oils

Solazyme's Algal Oils are derived from oil-producing microalgae that are cultivated sustainably and responsibly. The oils are produced in a matter of days using a fermentation process designed...

New call for up to 6 Algal Biotech 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...