Posts tagged with ‘seaweed’

  • Wageningen UR and Arke partner for algal jet fuel

    Arke airlines and Netherlands-based Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) have joined forces to work on developing sustainable jet fuel derived from algae. For the next six months, Wageningen UR will be conducting research into the techno-economic feasibility of algae-based biofuels for aircraft. This research has been commissioned by Arke and is co-funded by the Centre for Biobased Economy (CBBE). […]
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  • Skeletal chains could help algae deliver drugs

    Skeletons of single-celled algae have been modified while they are still alive to incorporate molecular chains that can harness chemical cargo. The algal bodies are then dissolved away so that their remains can be used to deliver drugs or clean up contaminated water. The microscopic algae known as diatoms are supported by skeletons made of silica that are about 10 micrometres across. […]
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  • Research to see if seaweed can inspire wet-resistant glue

    A University of Canterbury (UC) postgraduate researcher is investigating New Zealand seaweed to see if it can inspire commercial wet-resistant glue. Biological sciences student Anton Mather is working under the supervision of Dr Simone Dimartino and Professor Juliet Gerrard on investigating seaweed bio-adhesives that could benefit New Zealand’s Naval and undersea construction industries. As well as offering the adhesive to […]
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  • Lammers to head up $5 million algae consortium

    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $5 million grant to improve algae-based fuel that is compatible with existing refineries to a multi-institutional team led by New Mexico State University. Peter Lammers, director of the NMSU Algal Bioenergy team, will be the principal investigator of the project, entitled “Realization of Algae Potential” (REAP). Lammers will coordinate efforts at partner […]
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  • BASF Uses Brown Seaweed Extract to Address Undereye Circles/Crow’s Feet

    BASF has created a seaweed extract that reduces the appearance of dark undereye circles and crow’s feet. Shadownyl (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Algae Extract (and) Hexylene Glycol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Xanthan Gum) stimulates heme oxygenase type 1 (HO-1) in skin and removes free heme to fade dark circles and reduce wrinkles around the eyes. It also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and collagen 1 stimulation activity. More info
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  • Growing revenues for marine ingredient company Aqua Bio Technology

    Aqua Bio Technology ASA (Oslo Axess: ABT) recently announced its first quarter 2013 financial results. The Company continued its revenue build-up and posted an EBITDA of 3.9 million. ABT’s revenues were NOK 7.2 million in the first quarter, against NOK 3.4 million in the previous quarter. In the first quarter of 2012 the Company had revenues of NOK 11.9 million, […]
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  • Neste Oil signs algae oil off-take deal with Cellana

    Finland-based Neste Oil, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel, has signed a contingent commercial off-take agreement with Cellana, an algae biomass developer based in San Diego, with production facilities in Hawaii. The agreement will enable Neste Oil to purchase Cellana’s algae oil for use as a feedstock in the future for producing renewable fuel. The agreement is contingent on Cellana’s […]
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  • Exxon Refocusing Algae Biofuels Program After $100 Million Spend

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), which has invested more than $100 million to develop algae-derived biofuels, is refocusing its research with Synthetic Genomics Inc. after almost four years of work failed to produce economically viable results. More info
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  • Chinese invest in Flinders University seaweed research

    Flinders University is to receive $450,000 over three years from a major Chinese corporation to further the University’s research into the potential conversion of seaweed into a range of high value products including foods, cosmetics and medicinal compounds. Minister for Science and Information Economy Grace Portolesi today officially opened the world class marine biotechnology laboratory on seaweeds at Flinders University. […]
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  • Marine enzyme can decongest sinusitis

    A new nasal spray from a marine microbe will help clear chronic sinusitis, which causes nasal congestion, difficulty in breathing, pain and swelling around your eyes and cheeks. A team of scientists and surgeons from Newcastle University are developing the spray with an enzyme isolated from a marine bug Bacillus licheniformis, found on the surface of seaweed. Lab experiments showed that […]
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