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Thalocea News – June 2012

 

 

thlaocea blue businessEditorial by Aline Pajolec.
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Many recent articles have covered developments in aquaculture, which is increasingly topical as a key industry for food in Asia and the Middle East.

Regarding research, chitosan, already known to have wound-healing and antimicrobial applications, apparently has a promising future in anti-ageing creams, thus further extending the list of high value-added marine ingredients.

On a different note, India is further developing its algal biofuel projects and communicating about its will to invest in future scale ups of the fuel to counter fossil fuel depletion.

Algae is being developed as a source of biofuel in several parts of the world: Iranian scientists have cultivated 70 tons of microalgae as part of a pilot project, and in Thailand, Loxley is spending 2 million USD for a pilot plant.

In the UK, a new report from the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group highlights the benefits of cultivating both macroalgae and microalgae for commercial use, and the substantial market opportunities algae can provide, even outside the biofuel sector.

However, questions remain concerning the possible environmental consequences of large-scale algae cultivation.

Scale-up is still a problem that needs to be addressed in this industry, and recent progress has been made at the Ben Gurion University, with the creation of innovative photobioreactors producing superior biomass yields.

Interest in algae is also illustrated by the launch of Elseviers’ Algal Research, a new journal on microalgae, macroalgae and cyanobacteria and their applications.

 

Headlines : MARINE RESOURCES

Algae Tec confirms new facility commission

read more… Biofuel News

 

Loxley to build B60m algae biofuel plant

read more… Bangkok Post

 

Bioreactor Redesign Dramatically Improves Yield

read more… American Institute of Physics

 

Pilot project to grow microalgae begins in Iran

read more… Trend NewsAgency (Azerbaijan)

 

Fish Oil, Cow Manure Combine to Produce Biogas

read more… The Fish Site

 

Arizona passes key algal industry legislation: new algae hub?

read more… Biofuels Digest

 

B100 Fuel Tested in India

read more… The Times of India

 

OriginOil’s Algae Technology May Help Clean Up Wastewater from Oil and Gas Operations

read more… OriginOil

 

Nano rescues skin: Shrimp shell nanotech for wound healing and anti-aging face cream

read more… Physorg

 

Fish protein could provide basis for new wave of functional foods, suggest researchers

read more… NutraIngredients

 

Fish Oil for Heart Attack Prevention: Is It a Myth?

read more… Time Magazine

 

Window of opportunity in Bahrain

read more… Gulf Daily News

 

Vietnam offers tremendous market potential for U.S. farm exports

read more… High Plains – Midwest Journal

 

Oman strives for developing aquaculture

read more… Times of Oman

 

Asmak to strengthen processed food portfolio

read more… AMEinfo

 

US boosts Scottish salmon exports

read more… Money AOL