NewsBits…July 1, 2021

ISAP 2021 Online Conference Streaming Until August 13

The International Society of Applied Phycology (ISAP) usually holds a Conference every three years, designed for scientists and professional organizations. The ISAP 2021 Conference has taken a new virtual form where all presentations are available on-demand until August 13, 2021. These include a panel discussion, 12 plenary lectures, nine special sessions, two workshops dedicated to young career researchers, and over 230 oral and e-poster presentations. ISAP 2021 also features a virtual exhibition hall where vendors and media partners have a dedicated place to present their products, link to their website and have a chat-box to interact with attendees.
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Devenish and Mara Renewables Partner for Omega-3 DHA

Devenish and Mara Renewables Corporation have launched their new joint venture called Humanativ, formalizing a long-standing partnership that produces and distributes a patented omega-3 DHA solution to the animal nutrition market. “We’ve carried out extensive research and development to create a unique, sustainable, algae-based omega-3 DHA product called OmegaPro that food producers use to naturally enrich meat and eggs through the animal’s diet,” said Devenish Executive Chairman Owen Brennan. “We are thrilled to partner with Mara on this new venture which enables us to deliver on our shared vision of improving human and animal health through nutrition.”
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Geb Impact Technology Joins Dao Foods Incubator

Geb Impact Technology Company Limited, a Hong Kong biotechnology company cultivating microalgae, has received a $2 million HKD ($257,587USD) grant from the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund under the Enterprise Support Scheme for a project entitled “All-in-One Euglena by Advanced Fermentation as Main Plant-based Replacement of Meat.” Following years of research, the company chose to cultivate Euglena microalgae because it combines the benefits of protein, beta-glucan, EPA, and DHA, making it an “all-in-one solution” to human nutrition needs as well as a promising ingredient for plant-based meat, seafood, and other alternative protein products.
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Robertet, Fleur de Vie to Launch Sustainable Spirulina Ingredient

Robertet and Fleur de Vie are launching Spiruline Safe, a spirulina ingredient manufactured by Fleur de Vie using a unique production process developed with full traceability within a certified food-safety environment.
Robertet will actively promote Spiruline Safe and will work on new combinations with other proprietary ingredients to develop innovative solutions for the dietary supplement and functional food markets. A fully dedicated production site will be completed later in 2021 in Southwest France. Spiruline Safe will be marketed before the end of the year.
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A New UC Davis Study on Cows, Seaweed and Gas Emissions

In a new study at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis), Ermias Kebreab, professor and Sesnon Endowed Chair of the Department of Animal Science and director of the World Food Center, along with his Ph.D. graduate student Breanna Roque found that they were able to reduce methane emissions from dairy cows by over 50 percent by supplementing their diet with seaweed for two weeks. The seaweed inhibits an enzyme in the cow’s digestive system that contributes to methane production. “We now have sound evidence that adding seaweed to cattle diet is effective at reducing greenhouse gases and that the efficacy does not diminish over time,” Dr. Kebreab said.
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