Algae biofuel plans revealed

(USA) ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics are working together to produce thousands of barrels of algae biofuel every day by 2025. The pair have been collaborating to create oil from algae since 2009. And i...

Researchers close in on ‘super algae’

Algae makes regular appearances on these pages for its wealth of talents  - we even ran a story saying it can do pretty much anything. Now researchers in America have developed technology which could help un...

Middle East bioeconomy set for growth

(UAE) A team of leading international scientists has developed a method for growing algae - used to produce biofuels and food - in extreme Middle Eastern climates. The synthetic biologists from NYU Abu Dh...

Could algae provide arthritis cure?

(SWITZERLAND) Arthritis impacts more than 90% of people over 65 - as well as an increasing number of younger people. New research indicates that algae could be the secret ingredient in tackling this degenera...

Algae biofuel to slash fuel prices

A team of Serbian scientists is leading a three year collaboration project to pioneer the commercial development of algae-based biofuels. Supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme,...

$8 million for US biofuel projects

(USA) The US Department of Energy announced this week it is going to invest $8 million in three projects that are working to reduce the costs of algae-based biofuels. To support the development of the cou...

‘Eureka Moment’ for biofuel industry

(USA) Making algae biofuels on an industrial scale has moved a step closer thanks to a breakthrough in America. A collaboration project between Synthetic Genomics (SGI) and ExxonMobil has created a type o...

Algae can do pretty much anything

(USA) It would certainly be quicker to list what algae can't do than what it can. The latest breakthrough by three American universities - in sequencing the genome of a type of alga - will support the develo...

The endless potential of algae

(TOKYO) Researchers in Japan have discovered that starch in algae could be used to make pharmaceuticals. While oil extracted from microalgae is being used to produce alternative jet fuels and biofuels, th...

Making jet fuel from algae

(JAPAN) A pioneering Japanese company is building a biorefinery which will produce jet fuel made from a type of algae. The microalgae is called euglena, which is also the name of the company. Thinner than...