The Algenuity Newsletter - June 2017

  • By algenuity
  • 20 Jun, 2017
Welcome to our first Algenuity newsletter!  We hope this newsletter will help you make the most of your Algem labscale photobioreactor, keep you updated on the latest Algenuity news and partnership opportunities, and also show you some interesting algal research examples from our lab and around the world.
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Algenuity on the Road!

This summer will be full of events for the Algenuity team!

We are delighted to announce that we will have an exhibition booth showcasing our Algem Labscale Photobioreactor at the 6th International Society of Applied Phycology ( ISAP) Congress, held the 19-23 June, 2017 in Nantes, France.

We are also at the 7th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (ABBB) 18 - 21 June, 2017in Miami, FL, USA.

Lastly, we will be speaking at the 7th UK Algae conference at Swansea University that takes place from 6-7 July, 2017in Swansea, UK.

If you are attending any of these events, please stop by to see our Algem in action growing algae and say hello!

Algae are not Colour Blind - an Application Note

Red algae (rodophytae) are a peculiar algal group: they share the light harvesting phycobiliproteins with cyanobacteria but have typical eukaryotic cell structure. In particular, it is the protein-pigment complex Phycoerythrin (PE) that gives the red colour to these algae. To investigate the impact of light colour on Porphyridium purpureum , we grew cultures in the Algem under continuous red (660nm), blue (465nm), or simulated sun (85:15 white/red mix) lights.
How did they perform? Click here to find out!

Want to know more about cultivating algae? Look at our application notes for growth details!

Algems in the Literature

The groups of Professor Alain Goossens (PSB-Ghent University) and Professor Wim Vyverman (PAE-Ghent University) have recently published a paper in EMBO Journal  where they investigated the interplay between nitrogen status and day/night regimes .

They found a potential regulator of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle that was coregulated with the TCA cycle both at dusk and during nitrogen starvation.

We especially liked how they used Algem reactors to grow cells with a 12 hour shifted day night cycle to be able to sample from the entire photoperiod without spending the night in the lab.

"Will it Grow?" Service

We have used the Algem to successfully grow the most diverse range of both routine and challenging strains, including Arthrospira platensis , Chlorella sps , Emiliana huxleyi , Euglena gracilis , Galdieria sulfuraria , Nannochloropsis sps , Phaeodactylum tricornutum , and Trebouxia sps .

If you would like to de-risk your decision and discover how your algae strain grows in the Algem, Algenuity provides a service for a nominal charge where you 1) Post us your strain, 2) We will run your algae in our Algems, and 3) We will send you a report to support your decision making process. Learn more at

Algem Training Days

Why Algem Training Days?
  • Laboratories often experience annual turnover of research staff and students that include primary trained Algem users;
  • Algem best practices are lost in this turnover, and new Algem users begin from scratch by either using the Algem inefficiently and ineffectively or sometimes grossly misusing or damaging the Algem;
  • In response to this need, Algenuity offers a one day Algem training course to train new users or refresh previous users in Algem best practices.

The next training date will be on Thursday 6 July, 2017at our site in Stewartby, UK. The cost for training on our site is £300 per person with a discount for PHYCONET members . Learn more at

New Algenuity Advisory Board Members

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ian Fotheringham from Ingenza, Robin Higgons from Qi3 and Dr. Steve Martin from Isomerase Therapeutics have recently joined our Advisory Board Member! Click here to find out more about all the board members.

That's it for now!

Did you like what was in here? Do you have a story or paper to share? Please send your feedback to

We are also looking for users to interview with their Algem experiences. Send an email to the address above!

See you in three months!

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