NewsBits…April 22, 2021

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Registration Now Open for 2021 Algae Biomass Summit

ABS logoThe 15th annual Algae Biomass Summit kicks off with a main stage 3-day conference, followed by value-added technical and breakout programming, and finishes up with working group meetings to review annual activity and accelerate progress on key initiatives. The virtual event runs September 28-October 27, 2021.
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Research Center Developing Edible Seaweed Film for Food Packaging

Jesmi Debbarma, a scientist at the Fish Processing Division of the Research Centre of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, said that seaweed-based functional and edible film had good sealing, acts as an antioxidant when ingested, and possesses excellent physical and mechanical properties. These qualities, she said, made edible and functional seaweed-based film ideal for use as a novel packaging material in the food industry.
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Red Algae Component Potential Preventative Agent in COVID-19

ICF logoIota-carrageenan (IC) is a sulphated polysaccharide compound found in species of red algae which has been found to possess anti-viral activity against the common cold in both adults and children. The compound appears to interact with the surface of viral particles, trapping them and hence preventing invasion of cells. A team from the Instituto de Ciencia, Argentina wondered if targeted treatment with IC in the form of a nasal spray, might block entry of COVID-19 and hence prevent viral replication because the primary site of infection with a virus is the nasal mucosa.
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Back of the Yards Algae’s Colorful Potential

Back of the Yards logoIn 2018, Leonard Lerer founded Chicago-based Back of the Yards Algae Sciences in order to scale up the company’s process that extracts blue from spirulina. The venture is paying off in terms of natural food coloring. Mr. Lerer is planning a spin-off company this year that will be one of the world’s three largest producers of spirulina-based coloring.
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Methane-busting Seaweed Moves Toward Commercial Release

FutureFeed logoThe asparagopsis seaweed-based feed ingredient that significantly reduces methane emissions in livestock is progressing towards commercialization with a large, double-phase, feedlot demonstration. FutureFeed, the company driving commercialization of asparagopsis seaweed additives, has confirmed that the double study has already begun at an undisclosed feedlot site.
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  • April 22, 2024: New England Kelp Harvest Week, a project started by the Sugar Kelp Collective in 2021, runs from April 20-30 this year. The group of kelp farmers and activists works with restaurants, bakeries, and fish markets to create special dishes and menus that use the sea vegetable, which grows in winter and is harvested in the spring. Across Connecticut, this provides an ideal opportunity for people to explore dishes and cocktails made with kelp. READ MORE...
  • April 19, 2024: Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who took spirulina had a lower risk of death than those who did not, according to results of a randomized controlled trial recently published in Frontiers in Immunology. READ MORE...
  • April 17, 2024: A research team exploring the untapped potential of seaweed farming for carbon sequestration is positioning Taiwan to play a role in offsetting global carbon emissions. READ MORE...
  • April 15, 2024: Somater, a French manufacturer of plastic and polymer primary packaging for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, and industry, has partnered with French start-up Eranova to create a 100% bio-based line of packaging from green algae collected on the banks of a brackish water lagoon near Marseille, in the south of France. READ MORE...

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