Scientists have revealed a key cog in the biochemical machinery that allows marine algae at the base of the oceanic food chain to thrive. They have discovered a previously unknown protein in algae that grabs an essential but scarce nutrient out of seawater, vitamin B12.
LA JOLLA, CA—May, 2012—Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), a privately held company commercializing and developing genomic-driven solutions to solve a range of global challenges, today announced they have purchased an 81 acre site for scale up and testing of newly identified and engineered algal strains.
South San Francisco, California – May 22, 2012 – AFS BioOil has announced that its state-of-the art facility located at a wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay Area is open for tours for strategic partners and customers. The volume of the system is 150 m3; the annual nameplate capacity is 55 tons of algae biomass. The installed bioreactor is a full-scale system that proves scalability, biomass cultivation yields, and operating costs.
South San Francisco, Calif. – May 2, 2012 – Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, and The Dow Chemical Company, announced today that they have entered into a contingent offtake agreement in which Dow has agreed to purchase from Solazyme all of its requirements of non-vegetable microbe-based oils for use in dielectric fluid applications through 2015, contingent upon Solazyme’s ability to supply such oils within agreed specifications and certain terms and conditions of the sale. These new, renewable and biodegradable bio-based dielectric insulating fluids offer increased fire safety thanks to higher flash points and provide additional functionality that… weiterlesen →
Los Angeles, California and Palma De Mallorca, Spain – 3 May, 2012 – OriginOil, Inc., developer of a technology to convert algae into renewable crude oil, and Algasol Renewables, a technology company with a unique patented technology for low-cost cultivation of microalgae for biofuels and high value products, today announced that they intend to collaborate on the development of an integrated algae growth and harvesting system. By bundling their products, the two companies plan to achieve new levels of cost and performance in micro algae cultivation for biofuels and high value products.
GILBERT, AZ and JAKARTA, INDONESIA, May 02, 2012 – Heliae, an Arizona-based algae technology solutions company, today announced a capital raise of $15 million in funding from international conglomerate Salim Group’s agribusiness company, PT. PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Agri Investments Pte. Ltd.
Einzellige Grünalgen können Raumfahrer auf längeren Missionen mit Nahrung und Sauerstoff versorgen. Dabei müssen die Algen allerdings den besonderen Bedingungen im Weltall standhalten, vor allem der Schwerelosigkeit. Forscher des Bereichs Bioverfahrenstechnik am KIT entwickeln im Rahmen des neuen Projekts ModuLES (Modulares LebensErhaltungsSystem) einen speziellen Reaktor zur Kultivierung von Mikroalgen im Weltraum. ModuLES ist auf drei Jahre angelegt und wird vom Bundeswirtschaftsministerium mit 800.000 Euro gefördert.
San Diego, CA (April 19, 2012) – Sapphire Energy, Inc., today announced Jason Pyle will step down as chief executive officer effective today. He will remain a member of the Sapphire Energy board of directors. Dr. Pyle, a respected bioengineer and entrepreneur, co-founded the company in 2007 and has been instrumental in building it into a leading force in algae-to-fuel production. Cynthia “C.J.” Warner, who has co-led the company since 2009 as president and chairman, has been named CEO, consolidating the leadership roles.
Oxford, April 12, 2012 – Elsevier, provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces the launch of the new journal Algal Research. Algal Research invites the international algal scientific community to publish papers in the areas of microalgae, macroalgae and cyanobacteria research, and their applications.
08.04.2012 / Kiel. Die Kalkalge Emiliania huxleyi zeigte im Labor-versuch großes Potential, sich an Umweltveränderungen im Meer anzupassen. In einem aufwändigen Langzeitexperiment gelang es Forschern des GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel, Kulturen der biogeochemisch wichtigen Kalkalge über 500 Generationen unter versauerten Bedingungen des zukünftigen Ozeans zu halten.