NewsBits…April 1, 2021

 Seagriculture EU 2024

Rare Fossilized Algae Fill in Evolutionary Gaps

geological society of america logoWhen geobiology graduate student Katie Maloney trekked into the mountains of Canada’s remote Yukon territory, she was hoping to find microscopic fossils of early life. Her findings were published last week in Geology. She and her collaborators found macroscopic fossils of multiple species of algae that thrived together on the seafloor about 950 million years ago, nestled between bacterial mounds in a shallow ocean. The discovery partly fills in the evolutionary gap between algae and more complex life, providing critical time constraints for eukaryotic evolution.
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Marinomed Enrolls First Patient in Clinical Study to Treat COVID-19 Infections

Marinomed logoMarinomed Biotech AG, an Austrian science-based biotech company has announced that the first patient has been treated in a clinical trial evaluating Inhaleen, a Carragelose-based inhalation solution, in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The study will evaluate safety and efficacy of inhaled Carragelose for the treatment of moderate COVID-19, i. e. patients with respiratory COVID-19 symptoms who require hospitalization but not intensive care. The trial will be conducted at three hospitals based in Vienna, Austria.
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SILAB Quadrupling Annual Biotechnologies Production Capacity

Silab logoSILAB, a France-based leader in the engineering of natural active ingredients, is commissioning a second production line for unicellular organisms. The new line will be on its single production site, within its biotechnologies production unit, opened in 2015. SILAB decided to build the second production line for the large-scale culture of yeast, microalgae and bacteria. Fully independent, it integrates a 15,000L principal bioreactor, giving the company the means to quadruple the annual production of these high added-value, natural raw materials used to manufacture its active ingredients.
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Yokogawa Establishes Yokogawa Bio Frontier Inc. to Advance Biomass Materials Business

yokogawa logoYokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the launch of Yokogawa Bio Frontier Inc. to develop businesses related to the production and sales of innovative plant-derived biomass materials, as well as associated licensing and consulting activities. The new subsidiary will officially kick off business operations on March 22. The company will apply Yokogawa’s long experience in industrial automation to develop highly efficient extraction and production processes and facilities. It will market biomass materials to a wide range of customers in the chemical, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries.
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Allmicroalgae Launches Chlorella Vulgaris Powders with Improved Organoleptic Profile

Allmicroalgae logoLeiria, Portugal-based Allmicroalgae is launching two innovative Chlorella vulgaris powders, which are approved as food ingredients and food supplements by EFSA. The USP of the variants White and Yellow Chlorella vulgaris is their sensory properties. Compared to conventional, intensely green-colored products, these new offerings are more neutral visually and deliver a discrete taste profile, with the same unique nutritional value.
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  • May 17, 2024: BettaF!sh, a leading alt seafood and seaweed start-up in Europe, has announced its involvement in the FunSea project, a collaborative EU-wide research initiative designed to advance the nutritional quality and safety of cultivated brown and green seaweed. This research project intends to develop novel, sustainable food products over a three-year period, by employing cutting-edge processing technologies and utilizing residual biomass from biomarine industries. READ MORE...
  • May 15, 2024: The 2024 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held in Houston, Texas, October 20-22, 2024, is now accepting speaker and poster abstracts for the world’s largest algae conference. Abstracts should be submitted by May 24th to receive preferential scoring by the review committee, as well as student registration discounts. READ MORE...
  • May 13, 2024: The Tasmanian Government is investing $4 million in the agricultural sector with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock by more than 16,000 tons. “The TasFarmers proposal will use Sea Forest’s Asparagopsis SeaFeed as a feed additive to some 24,000 head of livestock in this large-scale trial to demonstrate commercial-scale viability of Asparagopsis feed supplements,” said Minister for Parks and Environment, Nick Duigan. READ MORE...
  • May 10, 2024: Dallas-based public charity the Cares Organization has received a substantial donation from the National Christian Foundation and ZimWorx to kickstart their newest sponsored project, the Eat To Grow Development and Upliftment Program, which aims to address food insecurity and poverty in Zimbabwe by establishing a microalgae spirulina farm which will feed 500 people per day in a sustainable way. READ MORE...

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