Spanish Bank of Algae

The Spanish Bank of Algae (BEA-Banco Español de Algas) is a national R & D service attached to the Marine Biotechnology Center (CBM-Centro de Biotecnología Marina) of the University of Gran Canaria (ULPGC), which objectives are the insulation , identification, characterization, conservation and provisioning of microalgae and cyanobacteria . It is known to the National Bank of Algae (BNA). Continue reading “Spanish Bank of Algae”

SERI microalgae culture collection

The SERI microalgae culture collection was a collection from the Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program Cataloged at the Solar Energy Research Institute located in Golden, Colorado . The Aquatic Species Program ended in 1996 after its funding was cut, to which point its microalgae collection was moved to the University of Hawaii. In 1998 the University of Hawaii, partnered with the University of California at Berkeley, received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), for their proposal to develop commercial, medical, and industrial uses of microalgae, as well as more efficient techniques for cultivation. This grant was used to form Marine Bioproduct Engineering Center (MarBEC), a facility operating within the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but connected to corporate interests. Continue reading “SERI microalgae culture collection”

Seaweed farming

Seaweed farming is the practice of growing and harvesting seaweed . In its simplest form, it consists of the management of naturally found batches. In its most advanced form, it consists of fully controlling the life cycle of the algae. The main food species grown by aquaculture in Japan, China and Korea include Gelidium , Pterocladia , [1] Porphyra , [2]and Laminaria . [3]Seaweed farming has been developed as an alternative to improve economic conditions and to reduce fishing pressure and over exploited fisheries. Seaweeds have been harvested throughout the world as a food source and export product for production of agar and carrageenan products. [4] Continue reading “Seaweed farming”


photobioreactor is a bioreactor that uses a light source to cultivate phototrophic microorganisms. [1] These organisms use photosynthesis to generate biomass from light and carbon dioxide and include plants, mosses , macroalgae, microalgae , cyanobacteria and purple bacteria. Within the context of a photobioreactor, specific conditions are carefully controlled for respective species. Thus, a photobioreactor permits much higher growth rates and purity levels than anywhere in nature or habitats similar to nature. Hypothetically, phototropic biomass could be derived from nutrient-rich wastewater and flue gas carbon dioxide in a photobioreactor. Continue reading “photobioreactor”

Christopher Hills

Christopher Hills (April 9, 1926 – January 31, 1997) was an English-born author, philosopher, and scientist, popularly described as “Father of Spirulina” [1] for popularizing spirulina cyanobacteria as a food supplement. He also wrote 30 books on consciousness, meditation , yoga and spiritual evolution, divining , world government , aquaculture , and personal health. Continue reading “Christopher Hills”

Chu 13

CHU 13 medium is a culture medium used in microbiology for the growth of certain algal species, first published by Chu SP in 1942. [1] It is used as growth medium for biofuel candidate alga Botryococcus braunii . [2] CHU 13 includes essential minerals and trace elements that are required for growth, but does not include a carbon source and is only appropriate for growth of phototrophs . It can be prepared as a medium or medium agar medium. Continue reading “Chu 13”

Biological hydrogen production (algae)

The biological hydrogen generation with algae is a method of splitting water Photobiological qui is done in a closed photobioreactor based on the generation of hydrogen as a solar fuel by algae . [1] [2] Algae produce hydrogen under certain conditions. In 2000 it was discovered that C. reinhardtii algae are deprived of sulfur in the production of oxygen , as in normal photosynthesis , to the production of hydrogen. [3] [4] [5] Continue reading “Biological hydrogen production (algae)”

Algal nutrient solution

Algal nutrient solutions are made of a mixture of chemical salts and water. Nutritional solutions, along with carbon dioxide and light, provide the materials needed for growing to. Nutrient solutions, as opposed to fertilizers, are designed specifically for use in aquatic environments and their composition is much more accurate. Continue reading “Algal nutrient solution”