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Algae genome could aid medical, climate research

Emiliania-huxleyi

Cal State San Marcos researchers unlocked the genome for a type of algae found around the globe, a finding they said has potential applications to fields ranging from climate change to dentistry. The study sequenced 13 strains of the phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi, to document the first algal “pan-genome:” a set of genes shared by diverse algal varieties. While the different strains share 70 to 80 percent of their DNA, about 20 to 30 percent of their genes are unique to each strain, allowing them to inhabit virtually all the world’s oceans except the polar seas. Weiterlesen →

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ProEcoWine – bio-protection via algae

Bio Protection of Wine via Algae

Fungi like downy mildew reduce wine yield and impair wine quality. In conventional as well as organic viticulture grape growers usually apply copper for preventing these fungal diseases. In the ProEcoWine project funded by the EU, on behalf of five companies the Fraunhofer IGB, the University of West Hungary and Laboratoire PHENOBIO develop a novel bio-plant protection product derived from microalgae to replace copper fungicides. Weiterlesen →

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Cellana and Neste Oil Enter Into Agreement for Algae Biofuels

San Diego & Kailua-Kona, June 6, 2013 – Cellana, developer of algae-based feedstocks for biofuels, animal feed, and Omega-3 nutritional oils, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year off-take agreement with Neste Oil, the world’s leading supplier of renewable diesel, for commercial-scale quantities of Cellana’s ReNew™ Fuel algae oil feedstocks for biofuel applications. Weiterlesen →

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Algaeon Inc. – Funding to Boost New Algae Company

Indianapolis, Ind. – Algaeon Inc., an Indianapolis-based biotech company that has developed algae cultivation technology for use in the nutraceutical and micronutrient markets, announced today that it has closed a $770,000 investment round of funding from early-stage growth company investors. The investment group included City Securities Corporation and multiple individual Angel investors. Weiterlesen →

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First Definitive Proof for Bacteria-feeding Behavior in Green Algae

A team of researchers has captured images of green alga consuming bacteria, offering a glimpse at how early organisms dating back more than 1 billion years may have acquired free-living photosynthetic cells. This acquisition is thought to have been a critical first step in the evolution of photosynthetic algae and land plants, which, in turn, contributed to the increase in oxygen levels in Earth’s atmosphere and ocean and provided one of the conditions necessary for animal evolution. Weiterlesen →

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LCTI Low Carbon Technologies International Acquires a 50% Interest in Algae to Oil Joint Venture

Vancouver, British Columbia – LCTI Low Carbon Technologies International Inc., a diversified company focused on the Clean-tech, Construction, Energy & Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Mining and Real Estate business sectors, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with Sunthenoil LLC. The joint venture plans to develop a 1,000 acre Algae to Oil Project located on LCTI real estate assets. Weiterlesen →

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Canada: Algal Carbon Conversion Pilot Project Gets Funding

Algal Carbon Conversion

The Government of Canada today announced that an innovative new technology will reduce industrial GHG emissions by converting CO2 into commercial products. This joint project between the National Research Council of Canada and industry partners has the potential to revolutionize how industrial carbon emissions in the oil sands and in other industrial facilities are managed. Weiterlesen →

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