NewsBits…September 2, 2019

  Women of Algae

Seagriculture 2021 Conference September 15-16

Seagriculture2021 has been a breakthrough year for seaweed and marine aquaculture. The Seagriculture conference has been monitoring the development of the macroalgae industry for the past 10 years, gathering top speakers who share their know-how on seaweed for feed, food, offshore cultivation, biorefinement, and much more. This year’s online version of the event will be Sept 15-16 and address topics ranging from investing in sustainable, large scale seaweed cultivation to seaweed’s ecosystem services, and seaweed activities in the Americas. More than 25 speakers will present on all aspects of the industry.
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UK’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Program Funds Algae Projects

The British government has announced the latest wave of funding from its Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme, providing grants worth up to £200,000 to 24 projects across the UK. Grantees are exploring a wide variety of topics from potential uses for seaweed and algae to how whisky by-products can be harnessed to generate energy. Phycofoods has been awarded a contract to evaluate the feasibility of producing microalgae at significant industrial quantities using CO2 and nutrients produced as by-products of whisky production. Meanwhile, Impact Laboratories Limited in Stirlingshire has received £170,000 to look at the commercial cultivation of algae utilizing heat provided by geothermally warmed water from abandoned mine sites.
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European Chlorella Conference 2021 Online September 14-15

Here’s an opportunity to learn all about Chlorella vulgaris, an algal strain with a long history of use as a food source that contains a unique and diverse composition of functional macro- and micro-nutrients. Chlorella vulgaris contains proteins, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, polysaccharides, vitamins and minerals. The European Chlorella Conference 2021 will be chaired by Jörg Ullmann, Managing Director and Scientific Project Manager at Roquette Klötze GmbH & Co. KG, in Germany, and includes speakers from Algenuity, Aliga Microalgae, Allmicroalgae, Trebon Chlorella, LLDC, Biorea, Duplaco, Phycom, Phyox, the German algae cooperative, and the Czech Academy of Sciences.
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Yemoja Joins MIGAL Institute to Study Microalgae for IBD

Microalgae cultivation start-up Yemoja Ltd. is joining the MIGAL Galilee Research Institute to spearhead an extensive, four-year research initiative to identify algae-sourced compounds with the potential to help manage inflammation and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Select beneficial algae will be developed into functional foods as well as nutraceutical and pharmaceutical applications. The initiative, titled “Algae4IBD” was launched in June and has been awarded a grant of €7.5 million from the EU funding arm, Horizon 2020, which is dedicated to supporting game-changing research and innovation projects. Yemoja is one of a 21-member consortium composed of marine science experts, research institutes, universities, hospitals and IBD centers, and algae cultivation companies.
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New York Waiting to Join the Seaweed Revolution

Alaska and Maine are currently the leading seaweed producers in the US as both states allow seaweed farming. Meanwhile, New York is struggling to keep up, with growers losing yet another season as they await a change in the law. Currently it is illegal to farm seaweed in New York state, despite activists’ best efforts. Although the Kelp Bill passed the state’s legislature in June, it still needs to be signed into law by New York’s governor. The recent resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo has activists worried about further delay.
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