More videos at http://www.andalusianstories.com The Marine Microalgae Biotechnology Group of the University of Almería has developed a cultivation system tha...
The Marine Microalgae Biotechnology Group of the University of Almería has developed a cultivation system that permits increased production of dinoflagellates, a type of microalgae with therapeutical properties. The researchers say it is the first step for their future use in the pharmaceutical industry, as these microalgae have anticarcinogenic and analgesic properties that would be useful in the creation of new drugs. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
Microalgae-based biofuel not only has the potential to quench a sizable chunk of the world's energy demands, say Utah State University researchers. It's a potential game-changer.
"That's because microalgae produces much higher yields of fuel-producing biomass than other traditional fuel feedstocks and it doesn't compete with food crops," says USU mechanical engineering graduate student Jeff Moody.
With USU colleagues Chris McGinty and Jason Quinn, Moody published findings from an unprecedented worldwide microalgae productivity assessment in the May 26, 2014 Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The team's research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Despite its promise as a biofuel source, the USU investigators questioned whether "pond scum" could be a silver bullet-solution to challenges posed by fossil fuel dependence.
"Our aim wasn't to debunk existing literature, but to produce a more exhaustive, accurate and realistic assessment of the current global yield of microalgae biomass and lipids," Moody says.
With Quinn, assistant professor in USU's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and McGinty, associate director of USU's Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems Laboratory in the Department of Wildland Resources, Moody leveraged a large-scale, outdoor microalgae growth model. Using meteorological data from 4,388 global locations, the team determined the current global productivity potential of microalgae.
Algae, he says, yields about 2,500 gallons of biofuel per acre per year. In contrast, soybeans yield approximately 48 gallons; corn about 18 gallons.
"In addition, soybeans and corn require arable land that detracts from food production," Quinn says. "Microalgae can be produced in non-arable areas unsuitable for agriculture."
The researchers estimate untillable land in Brazil, Canada, China and the U.S. could be used to produce enough algal biofuel to supplement more than 30 percent of those countries' fuel consumption.
A team of researchers from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia, United States, will soon pit their algae processing technology against engineers and scientists from across the U.S. in the P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Competition sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Building upon its proprietary platform of high performance, sustainable Tailored™ algal-based oils, the company has introduced Encapso™, the world’s first encapsulated biodegradable lubricant for drilling fluids designed to deliver high-grade lubricant at the point of friction where and when needed.
At a recent hearing of the U.S. Armed Services Committee, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz grills Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus, Jr. on the reasons the Navy continues to support the use of algal biofuels at a time of budget cuts in military spending. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
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Astaxanthin - Factoids
One of the technical challenges to developing Haematococcus algae astaxanthin has been the tough cell wall of the spores, which must be ruptured to allow the cell contents to be effectively digested by animals. Cyanotech Corporation in Hawaii uses a combination of closed photobioreactors and open culture ponds to successfully mass produce astaxanthin-rich Haematococcus biomass, and proprietary milling technology to crack the cell walls. Commercial production of astaxanthin is being carried out in USA, India, Japan and Israel Astaxanthin is a carotenoid. Astaxanthin has been shown in studies to have 100-500 times the antioxidant capacity of Vitamin E as well as 10 times beta-carotene’s antioxidant capacity. Astaxanthin is found in many places in nature, but it is usually in small quantities as in salmon or shrimp. By far the most concentrated and natural source of astaxanthin is the Haematococcus pluvialis algae. These green algae also provide other important carotenoids such as beta-carotene. It accumulate the highest levels of astaxanthin in nature; commercially more than 40g of astaxanthin per kilo of dry biomass. Research shows that due to astaxanthin's potent antioxidant activity, it may be beneficial in cardiovascular, immune, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Some sources have demonstrated its potential as an anti-cancer agent. Research supports the assumption that it protects body tissues from oxidative damage. It also crosses the blood-brain barrier, which makes it available to the eye, brain and central nervous system to alleviate oxidative stress that contributes to ocular, and neurodegenerative diseases such as glaucoma and Alzheimer's. Astaxanthin, as other carotenoids, can act as a quencher of singlet oxygen and other free radicals by absorbing the excited energy of singlet oxygen onto the polyene electron-rich chain, resulting first in the excitation of the carotenoid to a triplet state, and then in the dissipation of the extra energy in the form of heat by relaxation back to the ground state. In this way, it prevents cellular components or tissues from being damaged. The carotenoid structure remains unchanged, and ready to act as a radical quencher. Astaxanthin has been shown to protect against free radicals and promote numerous health functions. Astaxanthin offers protection against a broad range of human diseases like neuro-degenerative disorders. The antioxidant of astaxanthin is stronger than β-carotene and vitamin E by 40x and 1,000x respectively.
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If we could get them to grow in that kind of environment, it would at least show that the Martian soil could support life from earth and an implication of whether or not we could eventually use Mars as kind of like a second home to earth organisms or colonize Mars. We’re just chomping at the bit to really get rolling on it. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
Thanks to an innovative program led by Mayfield, in partnership with UC San Diego Extension, workers are being retrained for the new green economy. Many have...
Thanks to an innovative program led by Dr. Stephen Mayfield, in partnership with UC San Diego Extension, many students have received their certification to work as general science technicians in the rapidly expanding biofuels industry in San Diego County and Imperial County. As the biofuels industry continues to develop and mature, there will be an increasing demand for a well-trained workforce, including research and development scientists, engineers, and field technicians, through to policy analysts, business development professionals and project managers. Training will also be required by the support industries, which will no doubt be springing up as the biofuels industry grows. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
You can get omega-3 fatty acids through a number of different supplement sources. Here Dr. Isaac Berzin explains why algae might provide a better option. He explains the differences in bioavailability between krill, fish oil and algae. He also discusses some of the unpleasant after effects of fish oil and how they compare to algae. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
This is a background of the how life'sDHA came to be. This video touches on the history of our product and covers where we are today. DHA is an omega-3 fatty...
This is the story of how Martin Marietta scientists working with NASA on an algae-based life support system for astronauts formed Martek in 1985 to further develop the biotechnology’s nutritional benefits, which they discovered were valuable for human central nervous system development. Martek was acquired by Royal DSM in December of 2010 for $1.1 billion. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
The need for action is urgent given the time investment required to develop and implement new technologies and for the political and social changes needed to support them. CCRES is addressing this need with a multi-faceted product platform that serves the world’s needs from many directions with this sustainable, renewable, evolutionary new food and health products which will nourish the expanding global population.
Algae Power features Dr. Sommerfeld's groundbreaking work in Algae biofuels at ASU's polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona. His research has the potential to t...
Arizona State University’s Dr. Milton Sommerfeld has accomplished groundbreaking work in algae biofuels at ASU’s polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona. Here he discusses his work as an algae farmer, his lab “on a race to find the best oil-producing algae” for what he refers to as “Arizona Crude,” the step before refining into a variety of fuel options. CCRES TEAM
https://www.algenist.com - Biotechnology unlocking the Genius of Microalgae is at the foundation of Algenist's clinical skincare expertise delivering anti-ag...
Microalgae is at the foundation of Algenist’s clinical skincare expertise delivering anti-aging treatments to maintain youthful, beautiful skin. Solazyme’s 10 years of algal research has led to the discovery of two compounds – Alguronic Acid and Microalgae Oil – forming the basis of this product line. Today, Algenist is positioned to be a global leader in clinical skincare. Here’s the story. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
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Astaxanthin, a member of the carotenoid family, it is a dark red pigment and the main carotenoid found in algae and aquatic animals. It is responsible for the red/pink coloration of crustaceans, shellfish, and the flesh of salmonoids. CCRES produces astaxanthin from the microalga Haematococcus pluvialis, the richest known natural source for astaxanthin. Astaxanthin however, is more than just a red pigment, it is primarily an extremely powerful antioxidant. It has the unique capacity to quench free radicals and reactive species of oxygen and to inhibit lipid peroxidation. Studies have shown astaxanthin to be over 500 times stronger than vitamin E and much more potent than other carotenoids such as lutein, lycopene and β-carotene. Astaxanthin was found to have beneficial effects in many health conditions related to the Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders, skin health, joint health, muscle endurance, as well as to the cardiovascular, immune, eye and other systems. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
European scientists are experimenting with bacteria and algae and turn them into bioplastic factories. Their vision: these microorganisms should produce a la...
European scientists are experimenting with bacteria and algae to turn them into bioplastic factories. Their vision: these microorganisms should produce a large portion of our plastic materials without using any petroleum. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
Hong Kong scientists testing micro algae to clean water waste and produce fuel. The technology is still too expensive to be broadly developed, but researcher...
The technology is still too expensive to be broadly developed, but researchers are asking for the government’s support in protecting homegrown biofuel against cheaper, foreign competition. Rebecca Valli reports from Hong Kong for VOA Video. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
We know our fossil fuels will dry up someday, so what alternatives energy sources are there? From Piezoelectricity to Biofuel Algae, Jonathan Stirckland expl...
”Given the right conditions, algae can double its volume overnight. Microalgae are the earth’s most productive plants –– 10 to 15 times more prolific in biomass than the fastest growing land plant exploited for biofuel production. While soy produces some 50 gallons of oil per acre per year; canola, 150 gallons; and palm, 650 gallons, algae can produce up to 15,000 gallons per acre per year. In addition, up to 50 percent (or more) of algae biomass (dry weight) is comprised of oil, whereas oil-palm trees—currently the most efficient large-scale source of feedstock oil to make biofuels—yield approximately 20 percent of their weight in oil,” says Zeljko Serdar, President of CCRES
A new study by the University of Oxford has shown that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids improved the reading and behaviour of underperforming children in mainstream primary schools.
The study used validated assessment measures that typically screen for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Although average scores for these children were within the normal range before treatment, significant benefits were reported for the children taking omega-3 DHA compared with placebo on eight of 14 scales assessing a wide range of ADHD-type symptoms. For example, in the children who received the DHA supplement, parents reported significantly less hyperactivity and defiant behaviour than parents of children in the control group.
CCRES is constantly striving to manufacture products that can make a positive and meaningful contribution to people, society, and our future well-being. Leveraging our technical capabilities developed over the years, we plan to further harness our originality in the fields of bulk pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical products, and the life sciences. We look forward to your continued patronage and support. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a significant public health problem with over 170,000,000 chronic carriers and infection rates increasing worldwide. Chronic HCV infection is one of the leading causes of hepatocellular carcinoma which was estimated to result in ~10,000 deaths in the United States in the year 2011. Current treatment options for HCV infection are limited to PEG-ylated interferon alpha (IFN-α), the nucleoside ribavirin and the recently approved HCV protease inhibitors telaprevir and boceprevir. Although showing significantly improved efficacy over the previous therapies, treatment with protease inhibitors has been shown to result in the rapid emergence of drug-resistant virus. Here we report the activity of two proteins, originally isolated from natural product extracts, which demonstrate low or sub-nanomolar in vitroactivity against both genotype I and genotype II HCV. These proteins inhibit viral infectivity, binding to the HCV envelope glycoproteins E1 and E2 and block viral entry into human hepatocytes. In addition, we demonstrate that the most potent of these agents, the protein griffithsin, is readily bioavailable after subcutaneous injection and shows significant in vivoefficacy in reducing HCV viral titers in a mouse model system with engrafted human hepatocytes. These results indicate that HCV viral entry inhibitors can be an effective component of anti-HCV therapy and that these proteins should be studied further for their therapeutic potential. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0064449
Former DOE Principal Scientist and OriginOil Advisor Dr. Tom Ulrich, CA Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez, Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia and GM of Imperial Irrigation…
OriginOil recently launched an aquaculture showcase in California’s Coachella Valley, employing the water separation and cleanup technologies developed from their algae R&D, which now also serves the oil and gas industries. This video shares the kickoff festivities of what may be a significant step in the development of commercial fish farming. CCRES ALGAE TEAM
Please cite this video as: Video: Gilley, S., and Bielicki, J (2013). "Geothermal Energy: Enhancing Our Future." Online video. www.energypathways.org and You...
Shallow Geothermal Virtually every temperature level in the underground can be used for geothermal energy, even if this means only ca. 3-15 °C, as usual in the shallow underground in European climate. In most cases a heat pump is required here, and cooling can be supplied as well as heating. This technology provides again about 9000 MWth of heating capacity. CCRES TEAM
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