NewsBits…May 20, 2021

Seaweed: the “World’s Greatest Untapped Food Source”

Vincent Doumeizel, senior advisor at the United Nations Global Compact on Oceans, kicked off British Columbia’s inaugural Seaweed Days Festival in the Victoria suburb of Sidney with a pitch firmly aimed at expanding public acceptance of seaweed as a food source. “If you think of seaweed as being slimy, smelly and unsexy, it is time to get over it,” he said. “It’s a huge source of sustainable food with massive, massive potential.”
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Camlin Fine Sciences acquires AlgalR NutraPharms

Mumbai-based Camlin Fine Sciences has acquired Tamil Nadu-based AlgalR NutraPharms. Through this investment, Camlin Fine Sciences will be expanding its footprint into the nutraceuticals segment. AlgalR is a manufacturer of algal omega‐3 fatty acids, particularly Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from microalgae.
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Progress Biotech Gets Approved for DHA Algal Oil in Infant Formula

Progress Biotech has received EU approval for the use of its high DHA algal oil in infant formula. This is the result of the full, comprehensive novel food approval process in which the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) specifically evaluated the use of the Progress Biotech DHA Algal Oil in infant formula applications. The approval is for Novel Food for Infant Formula, according to Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2021/670, ​CELEX number: 32021R0670
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Ocean Visions Tests Algal-Based Carbon Sequestration Map

The Macroalgae Cultivation and Carbon Sequestration Road Map was introduced to potential users at the 2021 Ocean Visions Summit. “The ocean represents an enormous opportunity to sequester carbon, but ocean-based carbon dioxide removal approaches are poorly understood and underinvested,” said Ocean Visions Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer Brad Ack. “These new road maps are designed to help overcome those obstacles.”
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Kids Learn About Algae During Pandemic

As schools shut down and students were quarantined during the pandemic, educators such as Glacier High School science teacher David Lillard in Kalispell, Montana, sought ways to give students a hands-on experience whether they were at school or at home. He came up with a lab science project called Algae Alive!, drawing inspiration from an experiment he saw on display at a Seattle science conference he attended with colleagues prior to the pandemic.
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