Posts tagged with ‘biomaterials’

  • U.S. leads the way for marine biotechnology

    Marine biotechnology is in growing demand in the cosmetics industry among others and it turns out the U.S. market has the largest share. More info
  • Seafood waste a versatile tonic for crops

    The chitin-rich waste parts of seafood can bring a range of benefits to horticultural and agricultural crops, according to a review paper by former Moulton College research coordinator Dr Russell Sharp. “Chitin and its derivatives have been repeatedly shown to protect crops from pests, pathogens and physiological disorders,” he wrote in the paper, published in the journal Agronomy. More info
  • Seaweed Energy Solutions (SES) Acquires Wild Seaweed Operation in Norway

    Seaweed Energy Solutions (SES) announced it has reached an agreement to buy all of Norway’s Biotrål AS in a deal that transforms SES’ position as one of Europe’s leading producers of seaweed. The combination of SES and Biotrål, a leading harvester of wild seaweed, opens up new business opportunities by immediately increasing volumes to supplement SES’ growing seaweed farming operations, improving logistics, boosting economies […]
  • Could chronic wounds be healed by a plaster made from fish skin?

    Fish skin from cod caught in the Atlantic is being used as a way to help kick-start the healing of chronic wounds. It is estimated that at any one time, more than 200,000 patients have a  hard-to-heal wound, and the cost to the NHS is up to £3 billion a year. A wound is defined as being chronic if it takes […]
  • A streetlamp powered by algae that absorbs carbon dioxide

    The glowing, neon green lamp you see above is the invention of French biochemist Pierre Calleja, who had the crazy idea of using algae to power otherworldly, tube-shaped streetlamps that double as homes for this growing gloop. In a talk at TEDxLausanneChange, he explains the process behind the invention. He and his team at FermentAlg developed this lamp to double as a habitat for microalgae, which absorb […]
  • Sapphire Energy And Phillips 66 To Advance Commercialization Of Algae Crude Oil

    Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based Green Crude oil production, and Phillips 66, an integrated energy manufacturing and logistics company, announced a strategic joint development agreement aimed at taking production of algae crude oil a significant step toward commercialization. The companies will work together to collect and analyze data from co-processing of algae and conventional crude […]
  • Brown algae being engineered for food and bio-ethanol

    European Biotechnology News reports that researchers, together with Norwegian and Chilean bioethanol producers, have developed advanced techniques to produce food and bio-ethanol from brown algae, which does not require arable land, fresh water or fertilizers. Until now, cultivation of that feedstock was not sustainable, because yeasts weren’t able to transform the brown algae’s alginate and mannitol to bio-ethanol. More info
  • Marine algae can help acne sufferers

    Scientists from the University of Stirling have discovered an unlikely treatment for acne – marine algae. Research by marine scientists at the University’s internationally renowned Institute of Aquaculture revealed the cleansing qualities of certain fatty acids including some produced by algae. They found these fatty acids prevent the growth of Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium which causes the common skin condition. […]
  • Researchers receive £700,000 to examine using algae as fuel

    Westcountry scientists have been awarded £700,000 to investigate the potential for using tiny algae grown on waste water as a source of biofuel. Sir Mark Walport, the Government’s chief scientific adviser, announced £4 million of UK funding for sustainable fuel development during a visit to India. The funding, with matched resources from India, has been awarded to four research projects that bring […]
  • Funding to aid Newfoundland processor explore potential of extracting oil from shrimp shells

    The provincial government has given Quinlan Brothers Limited $100,000 to determine if it is economically viable to extract Omega 3-enriched oil from shrimp waste. A news release states the funding will support market research, plant modifications, sample production and an assessment of what is required to meet the food and drug regulations of international markets. More info