15. 07.2013 /Nuthetal, Germany – Within the funding initiative “Sustainable Aquaculture” from the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU, IGV Biotech has successfully started the operation of a photobioreactor (PBR) with 3000 liters cultivation volume.
Microalgae have been of major interest for producing biofuels in de last decade. Recently, development and focus was changed towards the use of microalgae in the food, feed, materials and chemical sector as well. During the 7th International Algae Congress in Hamburg, many developments in the agricultural and aqua cultural field will be shown by presentations of the larger projects inside and outside Europe.
Hayward, Calif. – June, 2013 – Aurora Algae has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/480,635 entitled “VCP-Based Vectors for Algal Cell Transformation.” This allowed application adds to Aurora Algae’s existing patent portfolio, with 12 patent applications now either issued or allowed with the USPTO, and 30 additional applications pending in the United States.
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.
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.
Hailed as an industry with immense potential, Australia’s algae sector is expected to grow fervently with local projects spanning from Western Australia to South Australia steering the industry towards more biofuels, pharma and food discoveries.
Die französische Insel im Indischen Ozean La Réunion verfügt über außergewöhnliche Naturlandschaften und besonders günstige klimatische Bedingungen. Vor diesem Hintergrund hat es sich die Insel zum Ziel gemacht, ihre Abhängigkeit von fossilen Brennstoffen stark zu reduzieren und bis 2030 eine hundertprozentige Selbstversorgung zu erreichen.
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.
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.
Making what’s commonly referred to as “green slime” artistic may seem like a herculean feat, but Arizona State University student Phillip Carrier is using tiny algae plants as inspiration for an art installation project as a Master of Fine Arts student from the Herberger Institute School of Art.