Algae Food and Nutrition in the News

February, 23 / 2018

Triton’s high-protein algae powder.

At ABO we are continually surprised by the versatility of algae cultivation and the potential for algae-based products to meet so many of the challenges the world faces when it comes to food and nutrition. 

As global pressures continue to strain our land and water resources, dozens of companies and technology researchers are developing new ways for algae–the world’s most productive crop–to  meet rising demand for protein and vital nutrients. 

Here’s just a sampling of the developments this past month:

Algae could be major new food source, major new industry
Cosmos Feb 20, 2018

Algarithm and Virun collaborate on O3 Smoothies to combat pill 19, 2018

Green Plains aims to patent algae process for fish feed
Omaha World-Herald Feb 12, 2018

Turning waste to animal feed: Algae can help
All about feed-Feb 14, 2018

DHA and EPA rich algal oil JV to reach commercial stage in 2019 1, 2018

BDI breaks ground on algae production facility in Styria, Austria
Biodiesel Magazine-Jan 26, 2018

This is just a sample of a growing trend of algae impacting agriculture, food and nutrition. Keep an eye on ABO’s blog for more updates on the latest innovations and products. 

Do you have your own algae-based approach to solving intractable global problems? We’d love to hear from you! 

Algae Needs Your Support in the Farm Bill

February, 23 / 2018

Please add your name to our letter to Congress. It only take a few seconds of your time!

The U.S. Congress has begun work drafting the next Farm Bill, which will lay out agriculture policy, programs and funding for the next 5 years and beyond. With the algae sector increasingly moving into agricultural markets, such as food, feed, soil health and nutrient management, agriculture policy is becoming increasingly important. The outcome of the Farm Bill process has the potential to greatly impact the development of the algae sector.

ABO is undertaking a multi-faceted campaign to ensure the Farm Bill strongly supports future algae research, development and commercial deployment.

The first step in our campaign is protecting and improving core programs in the Farm Bill’s Energy Title. The Farm Bill Energy Title is about much more than energy. It is home to: 

  • Biorefinery Assistance Program — the core lending program for commercial-scale advanced biofuel, renewable chemical, and biobased product manufacturing projects, including algae facilities.
  • USDA BioPreferred Program — including the USDA BioPreferred label program and federal procurement preference for biobased products.
  • Biomass R&D Program — joint USDA-DOE program supporting research and development of biomass feedstocks, advanced biofuels and biobased products.

Together with our partners in the Agriculture Energy Coalition, we have preserved and improved Farm Bill Energy Title programs over many years. It is more important than ever to do so again, as the entire title is under attack. It is fair to say that without your participation we may not have an Energy Title in the upcoming farm bill.  

Energy Title programs cost well less than 1% of total farm bill outlays, and pack a development punch for the very modest investment. Over $5 billion has been leveraged since the title’s inception to support economic development and jobs across rural America.

Please add your organization or business to the National Sign-on Support Letter immediately and ask other friendly groups/businesses to do so as well. It will take less than 1 minute of your time.

Click this link to sign

The sign-on deadline is February 28th COB.

Introduction to Algae: Massive Open Online Course

February, 22 / 2018

The Algae Foundation has recently announced the availability of the Introduction to Algae MOOC. The Massive Open Online Course offered through Coursera was produced at the University of San Diego and taught by Drs. Steve Mayfield of UCSD and Ira “Ike” Levine, University of Southern Maine.

We invite you to sign up for this wonderful opportunity to learn the “Power of Algae” and share this course with all of your colleagues in the science community, educators, and your social networks. This course brings together some of foremost algae experts from industry and academia to share their experience and understandings of the fundamentals of algae.

Click here and enroll in the Algal MOOC today!


DOE genomics program seek applications for algae projects

February, 21 / 2018

The Department of Energy’s Joint Genomics Institute recently announced they are accepting Letters of Intent for large-scale sequence-based genomic science projects that address DOE missions in sustainable biofuel production, global carbon recycling, and biogeochemistry. 

A number of topics will be given special consideration, including algal genomics. 

Letters of intent must be submitted by March 30, 2018! 

For more information, please visit the CSP page

Join ABO’s New Communications Committee!

February, 19 / 2018

Are you ready to help tell the story of algae to a wider audience? The Algae Biomass Organization is creating a new Communications Committee to help get the word out about all of the exciting developments in algae research, commercialization and product development. 

Participation is open to all ABO members. Communications and public relations representatives of ABO members are also welcome.

The committee’s first priorities will include:

  • Executing new public relations, web and social media campaigns
  • Promoting algae-based products, research and commercial breakthroughs
  • Publicizing the positive role algae can play in solving global challenges 
  • Documenting the economic benefits of a robust algae industry

Volunteering for an ABO committee is also a great opportunity to build your own network and develop a leadership role in the industry.  

The Communications Committee is chaired by ABO board member Dr. Rebecca White, Vice President of Operations at Qualitas Health.

To join the committee, please RSVP to Barb Scheevel  at:   

Join us and help raise the profile of all things algae!

Milton Sommerfeld Memorial Service

February, 13 / 2018

Arizona State University will be hosting a memorial service, or perhaps better termed, a celebration, of Prof. Milt Sommerfeld’s life, on Saturday, 10 March 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), ASU Polytechnic Campus, 7418 E. Innovation Way South, Mesa, AZ 85212.

Prof. Sommerfield, who passed away last year after a battle with cancer, spent his career inspiring the next generation of algae researchers and all of those who met him with his humor, knowledge and passion. He started the Laboratory of Algae Research and Biotechnology (LARB) in Arizona, which later became the AzCATI, and acts as one of the key research hubs for algae in the United States. He was also instrumental in developing the Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3), which offers third-party technology verification for those researchers looking to test out their technology.

This event is open to the public and all of Milt’s colleagues, friends, students and associates. Please contact with questions or to contribute photographs of Milt that you may have from any chapter of his 48 year academic career.

ABO Scores Historic Victory for Carbon Utilization

February, 9 / 2018

In a historic victory for algae and other microbial technologies, Congress late last night approved a two-year budget agreement that establishes a $35 per ton tax incentive for carbon captured and recycled from power plants or industrial facilities using algae or other biologically-based carbon capture and use (CCU) systems. 

The bill adds algae and a number of other CCU approaches to the existing section 45Q Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) tax credit, which was previously available only to geologic storage and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects. It also substantially increases the credit rate from the previous $10 a ton to $35 a ton, extends the credit for up to 12 years, and expands the universe of eligible CO2 sources to include industrial and air capture facilities in addition to fossil power plants.

This historic outcome is the result of tireless work by ABO and its supporters in Congress to put algae on a level playing field with CCS and EOR when it comes to carbon capture policy, and to grow federal policy support for the full spectrum of CCU approaches.

A huge thanks to Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) for leading the charge; to the Congressional Algae Caucus for its support in the House, and to the many members of the Algae Nation who participated in this historic campaign.

Call for Abstracts: 2018 Algae Biomass Summit

February, 5 / 2018

The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster presentations at the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held in the Woodlands, Texas, October 14-17, 2018.

Submit by March 14, 2018 to receive priority review!

The Algae Biomass Summit is the largest algae conference in the world. Industry leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, researchers and students all gather at this event to discuss the latest achievements in advanced algae cultivation and products.

Now in it’s 12th year, the Summit has evolved into a unique showcase of the most significant scientific and commercial advances that are making the algae industry one of the post potent contributors of solutions to countless global challenges. 

Presentations of algae research and commercialization milestones across all topics are welcome: food, feed, nutrition, carbon utilization, wastewater treatment, energy, and more!

Submit Today!


Student Travel Grants to the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit

January, 26 / 2018

Get your abstracts for the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit ready! The Algae Foundation has announced that it is offering $500 travel grants to attend the 12th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in The Woodlands, Texas, from October 14-17, 2018.

Information for students to apply for the 2018 Mary Rosenthal Memorial Student Travel Grant can be found at:  2018 Mary Rosenthal Memorial Student Travel Grant Information.

Application deadline is Wednesday March 14th, 2018.

To qualify students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an ABO Member;
  • Be a highschool, undergraduate, graduate student or pre-doctoral student or
  • Be a PhD with a post-doctoral appointment and is currently involved in a full time academic research program for no longer than 2 years.
  • Submit an abstract to present a poster or oral presentation at ABS 2018 and be the presenting author of the abstract. 
  • Provide a suggested budget to attend the Summit
  • Provide a current letter of recommendation for ABS 2018 (See below.)

An additional opportunity to receive Summit support through the ABS Poster Competition will be announced soon. 

Event: BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2018

January, 25 / 2018

ABO is partnering with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) to formulate a one day algae track at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, July 16-19, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA.  The BIO World Congress is the premier industrial biotech event of the year, and we are honored to help establish this new platform for the important work of ABO members. Please share your algae transformation story this year in Philadelphia! 

Hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, this event provides you the opportunity to present and network with business executives, investors, industry leaders, government officials, and academic researchers within the industrial biotechnology space. BIO’s conference has added a brand-new program track in algae production technologies, which explores using algae as a production organism to make bioproducts, renewable chemicals, food ingredients and biofuel. BIO is now accepting proposal submissions for panel sessions, company and technical presentations, GreenTech Investor Sessions and poster presentations. Learn more about the 2018 program tracks or submit your proposal here.

The deadline to submit is February 1st!  Visit for more information and updates about the event.