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NewsBits...September 23, 2021 - algaeplanet.com

NewsBits…September 23, 2021

 Seagriculture EU 2024

America’s Leading Seaweed Farmer Secures Funding for Expansion

Atlantic Sea Farms, the largest seaweed producer in the US, has secured a new funding round, led by Desert Bloom Food Ventures — a fund investing in and supporting dynamic food companies. The funding will help the company build out a new state-of-the-art seaweed processing and innovation facility, which also houses Atlantic Sea Farm’s Maine Seaweed Cultivation Center, to process all landed kelp within hours of harvest, and produce high quality products and ingredients that are available year-round. The Atlantic Sea Farms team is currently moving from 6,000 square feet to a 27,000 square foot facility in Biddeford, Maine.
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UC Santa Barbara Digitizing a Significant Seaweed Collection

UC Santa Barbara hosts a large and historic seaweed collection archived for long-term preservation, though largely hidden from public view. Scientists at the university’s Vernon and Mary Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration have been awarded $112,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to make this valuable data freely available. By imaging and transcribing the data associated with each specimen, the researchers aim to make the collection of nearly 10,000 Pacific Coast seaweeds available in an online database.
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PNNL Develops Colorful Seaweed-based Bioink for 3D Printing

Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a new seaweed-based bioink for 3D printing. Dubbed ArtSea Ink, the biodegradable material is made largely out of alginate, a naturally occurring polymer typically found in brown seaweed. Alginate is biocompatible, low cost, and can be used to form a stable gel without heat, meaning it can be extruded at low temperatures to form 3D structures. The PNNL team also integrated fine mica pigment powders into the formulation, resulting in a set of colorful, vibrant inks suited to artistic applications.
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Cement Producer Tapping Smokestacks for CO₂ to Biofuels

A wide range of Carbon Capture and Conversion technology pathways are being explored by the cement industry to address the urgency of the climate crisis. One of these options is the use of microalgae to capture CO₂ and transform it into valuable products. Over the past 10 years, international cement producer Argos has been researching and scaling up their use of microalgae. Recently, the company has been testing a group of technologies to capture CO₂ directly from the cement plant smokestack using photobioreactors and transforming the resulting microalgal biomass into biofuels.
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Ful Foods Introduces “Climate Active” Blue Spirulina Soft Drinks

Microalgae brand Ful is launching a trio of healthy blue soft drinks it claims are “climate active.” Called Revive, the spirulina-based drinks are available online in three flavors: White Peach, Lemon & Ginger and Mint & Lime. Low in calories and sugar, the drinks’ blue color comes from phycocyanin, a natural antioxidant found in spirulina. Their claim to be “climate active” is because the microalgae absorb one and a half to two times their weight in carbon and photosynthesize it, releasing oxygen. Ful worked with leading food and flavor scientists to transform the spirulina, which “usually tastes and smells unpleasant,” into a “tasty water-soluble, unapologetically blue superfood.”
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Seagriculture USA 2024



  • 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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