Posts tagged with ‘seaweed’

  • I take my algae gin shaken, not stirred. Cheers!

    It’s gin – but not as you know it… Cheesemaker develops gin using Ceredigion seaweed  A seaweed infused gin – made with algae from the Welsh coast is set to make waves in the drinks industry. The new flavour of Organic Farmhouse Botanical Gin, made by Llandysul based Dà Mhìle Distillery in Ceredigion is the brainchild of John Savage-Onstwedder, who […]
  • New French-Chilean Joint Unit to Study Marine Algae

    To strengthen collaboration in the fields of ecology and marine evolutionary biology, the CNRS, UPMC and two Chilean universities signed an agreement recently for the creation of an International Joint Unit (UMI). Called EBEA, ‘Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Algae’, the new structure focuses on the ecology, evolution and genomics of marine algae. Affiliated to the CNRS Institute of Ecology […]
  • 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
  • NCMA launches interactive algae website and database

    East Boothbay, Maine-based Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) has announced the launch of its new website and relational database – ( – designed by Shero Designs for buying algae and related services. The leading global distributor of marine microalgae for scientific and industrial research, NCMA has sold its cultures to more than 2,000 customers in 57 countries. More […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]