Posts tagged with ‘biomaterials’

  • Scientists identify fat-blocking seaweed alginates

    Norwegian brown algae has received significant attention as an attractive natural salt replacement for bakery because of its fat-busting property. In recently published research, the algal powder has been linked to reducing abdominal fat and lowering triglycerides in humans. In a test with pizza dough they replaced 50% of the salt by powder of this brown algal resulting in no taste impact. More info
  • Fermentalg IPO raises $55.9 million for commercial development

    Libourne, France-based Fermentalg, an industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of oils and proteins derived from microalgae, has completed a successful IPO on the Euronext regulated market in Paris, issuing a total of 4,486,091 shares, resulting in a capital increase of €40.4 million ($55.9 million US) and taking the company’s total market capitalization to €107 million ($148 million […]
  • OriginOil and Catalina Sea Ranch Agree to Collaborative Research Program

    OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation(TM) (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, recently announced that it recently agreed to a collaborative exchange of equipment and information with the Catalina Sea Ranch, the first offshore shellfish ranch in U.S. Federal waters. OriginOil will provide its demonstration-scale EWS Algae Model 12 system to […]
  • Calcium from crustacean waste converted into calcium lactate

    A team of researchers from the University of Sonora intends to use calcium from crustacean waste – shrimp, crab, lobster and squid, through its conversion into calcium lactate. This compound is a salt of high value that has multiple applications in the food industry and pharmaceuticals. In the case of the food industry, the calcium lactate is used as a […]
  • Ireland to host world’s largest marine ingredient / seafood byproduct facility

    Irish fishermen are aiming to harvest fish oils and minerals that could provide valuable health-enhancing ingredients for consumers and sportspeople. Agriculture and Marine Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed plans by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) to build the largest marine food ingredients plant in the world in Co Donegal. The proposed facility would take 50,000 tonnes of boarfish, which is […]
  • Edible algae ‘balloon’ could cut plastic waste, replacing water bottles

    To solve the rising number of plastic bottles filling up landfills around the world, a trio of London-based designers has created an alternative – a container made from an edible algae balloon. Called Ooho, the spheres can be produced in different sizes, hygienically protect the liquid inside, and cost just 2 cents (less than a penny) each.  The design was recently […]
  • UCSD earns top spots for algae research

    A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the country for algal biofuels research, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography as top in the nation. An external group of experts from industry, academia, government, and the non-profit sector evaluated 219 projects across nine technology […]
  • Manufacturing a chitin-based solution to planet-clogging plastics

    Researchers at Harvard’s  have developed a method to carry out large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects — from cell phones to food containers and toys — using a fully degradable bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells. The objects exhibit many of the same properties as those created with synthetic plastics, but without the environmental threat. It also trumps most bioplastics on the […]
  • Seaweed could be key to weight loss, study suggests

    Scientists at Newcastle University said a compound found in common seaweed would stop the body absorbing fat. Tests showed that alginate, found in sea kelp, can suppress the digestion of fat in the gut. The findings, published in the journal Food Chemistry, showed that a four-fold increase in one type of alginate boosted anti-fat absorption by 75%. More info
  • Shrimp shells to mine uranium from the ocean

    Shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away by the seafood industry have been turned into tough fibres that can harvest valuable metals from water. Robin Rogers, and his team at the University of Alabama in the US, had long been interested in using ionic liquids to process cellulose but the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 encouraged them to try […]