Earth’s first superfood? Solazyme’s whole algae protein gains traction as formulators seek more vegan options

[USA] New sources of protein from edible insects to hemp are being incorporated into a growing number of products from bars to beverages. But does microalgae have what it takes to become a serious player in the so­called ‘alternative proteins’ market? Continue reading Earth’s first superfood? Solazyme’s whole algae protein gains traction as formulators seek more vegan options

An algae serum is being used to treat wounded animals — And humans could be next

[USA] Joe Landolina has always been a bit of a science nerd. Growing up he’d spend hours at his grandparents’ winery, finding plants in the vineyard and trying to see what he could extract from them. It was while he was tinkering with algae that the then 17-year-old discovered a liquid that would change into a solid quickly. Continue reading An algae serum is being used to treat wounded animals — And humans could be next

Toxic algae may threaten West Coast marine economy for years

[USA] A long band of toxic algae blooming off the West Coast of the United States shows no sign of receding months after scientists first observed it, leaving many worried that it will make trouble for local commercial fishing and tourism industries. Continue reading Toxic algae may threaten West Coast marine economy for years

Chinese scientists develop 'weapon of mass destruction' as last resort in fight against harmful algal blooms

[China] Scientists in China have used “cold plasma” to attack and destroy a dominant species of algae that causes widespread problems in the seas, lakes or waterways of numerous countries, including poisoning sources of drinking water and killing fish and other marine life on a large scale. Continue reading Chinese scientists develop 'weapon of mass destruction' as last resort in fight against harmful algal blooms