NewsBits…April 15, 2021

 Seagriculture EU 2024

Algae-Derived Molecules for the Potential Treatment of SARS-CoV-2

MDPI logoThe ocean is an immense source of biologically active molecules and compounds with antiviral-associated biopharmaceutical and immunostimulatory attributes. Some specific algae-derived molecules can be used to produce antibodies and vaccines to treat the COVID-19 disease. This multi-university review serves as a starting point for this research area, to accelerate the establishment of anti-SARS-CoV-2 bioproducts.
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Green Chemistry and Biofuel: Key Photoenzyme Decrypted

ESRF LogoThe functioning of the enzyme FAP, useful for producing biofuels and for green chemistry, has been decrypted. This result mobilized an international team of scientists, including many French researchers from the CEA, CNRS, Inserm, École Polytechnique, the universities of Grenoble Alpes, Paris-Saclay and Aix Marseille, as well as the European Synchrotron (ESRF) and synchrotron SOLEIL.
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Seaweed for Health Virtual Conference

Seaweed for HealthThe “Seaweed for Virtual Health” conference May 18-20 will present an opportunity for people from many backgrounds to learn and share their knowledge of the health-promoting properties of seaweed compounds. This will include novel functional ingredients used for the formulation of food, feed, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and pharmaceuticals. The discussion will also include toxicological aspects and regulatory issues as well as some barriers for industrial exploitation and commercialization of seaweed.
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TransAlgae Raises $2.5M for Algae-Based Oral Vaccination

TransAlgae logoIsrael-based TransAlgae has announced that Gan Shmuel Foods Ltd. is exercising an additional investment of $2.5 M (USD) in the company. Transalgae’s innovative technology is used in the development of bioinsecticides. The technology enables successful and effective delivery of lethal peptides/proteins (toxins) for broad-spectrum insect killing or effective delivery of dsRNA molecules based on RNAi technology for selective bioinsecticides.
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Spirulina Treats for Your Good Doggie

Chippin LogoThis innovative dog treat company chose the name “Chippin” because they believe every dog parent can “chip in” to help the health and happiness of both pets and the environment. The two main proteins used are crickets and spirulina. They might seem unusual, but they are over 90% more eco-friendly and more digestible than traditional proteins. The crickets are humanely and sustainably harvested. The spirulina, ecologically grown, is made in a closed-loop water and nutrient recycling system.
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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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