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A podcast about all things algae.

Latest Episodes

Episode 17. Kelp Jerky (with Courtney Myers)

This time on the podcast we have a special guest Courtney Boyd Myers from AKUA, a company that makes kelp jerky. Jack interviews Courtney about the product itself, how it came to be and why they need chefs. They also talk about the efforts the company makes to keep production sustainable, eco-friendly and support local kelp farmers. The AlgaTalk Podcast now has a Patreon page where you can show your love and support by joining one of the tiers. Jack and I are working hard to make the show better and your support is crucial. Can’t join a tier? No sweats! You can do so much more still by simply going to the Apple Podcasts and leaving us a comment or a rating. Also, don’t underestimate the power of social media. Spread the word about the show and maybe send a link to someone who you think might need a bit more algae in their life. See y’all next time! Cover art by Pilow Dash

12 MINAUG 22
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Episode 17. Kelp Jerky (with Courtney Myers)

Episode 16. Algae-Animal Symbiotic Relationships

After a quite serious and heavy episode about alga blooms, we decided to talk about something more positive, more summer vibe-y. So in this episode, we talk about harmony, a certain kind that is called symbiosis. There are many cases of symbiotic relationships between algae and animals, and we wanted to highlight some of the most curious stories in our opinion. One of the most amazing facts that Jack and I have noticed was that not every symbiotic combination is mutually beneficial which is usually exactly the idea of symbiosis. Turns out sometimes one of the parties gets less or maybe even nothing at all. Nature works in exciting ways. Here are the stories we talked about: * GENITALS-BREATHING TURTLE WITH GREEN ALGAE ‘HAIR’ FACES POSSIBLE EXTINCTION, GROUP SAYS* Sloth fur has symbiotic relationship with green algae* Spotted Salamanders And Green Algae Have A Strange Symbiotic Relationship* Elysia viridis, the solar-powered sea slug A bonus story that didn’t make it into the show...

21 MINAUG 6
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Episode 16. Algae-Animal Symbiotic Relationships

Episode 15. Harmful Algal Blooms – The Dark Side of Algae

“Impossible to see the fish in the water is, algae blooms cloud everything,” said no Yoda ever but if he saw algae blooming that would probably be his reaction. That’s right, in this episode Jack and I are talking about harmful algal blooms (HABs), a phenomenon that people encounter in their local waters more and more every year. We go over the current state of events, discussing some cases of algae blooms in recent history. Jack tells us what is going on in Florida, and what the Algae Task Force wants from the public. Then we discuss some of the reasons for HABs with one of the major ones being human-made. And finally, we get to look at some of the solutions to the problem, both those that are being implemented now and those that are only in the R&D state. Also, we maybe get a little sidetracked by our Star Wars analogies at the end (cough). As usual, we’re always happy to get your feedback and comments via our Facebook page and Twitter, as well as email. We’ll see you next time!

32 MINJUL 22
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Episode 15. Harmful Algal Blooms – The Dark Side of Algae

Episode 14. Algae As The Food of The Future

The OG crew is back together again and as it is often the case with Jack and me, we take on a huge topic to discuss. This time we try to look at algae as the food of the future. Admitting the scope of the question, we go over some known cases of algae being used as/in food in the modern world and also try to imagine what the algae-based food of the future gonna look and taste like. We also wonder whether an algae-based burger or bacon will affect your perception of this meal? It’s the question for all of you, dear listeners, we’d love to hear what you think. Send us an email or leave a comment. Some useful links to go with the main course episode: * Technion students develop algae-based falafel to battle protein hunger* Inside IKEA’s Laboratory of Futuristic Foods* Hope You Like Algae, Because It’s Going To Be In Everything You Eat* RESEARCHERS DISCOVER SEAWEED THAT TASTES LIKE BACON AND IS TWICE AS HEALTHY AS KALE

23 MINJUL 9
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Episode 14. Algae As The Food of The Future

Episode 13. AlgaTalk Live! at AlgaFest

The episode number “Baker’s Dozen” comes to you live, a format we haven’t tried before, which makes it very unusual. And it’s not the only thing that is special. It also needs a little bit of context. Deep in the Israeli desert, there is an algae farming factory, Algatech, that has this tradition of an algae festival. Every year in spring they organize a fair and invite all the locals to celebrate algae and the community. Jack and I had a great opportunity to set up a table at the event and interview several people about their knowledge and experience with any kind of algae. The whole atmosphere was quite upbeat as you’ll hear in the background, and people we talked to were all friendly and open. Recording this episode was a lot of fun, it’s nothing like we’ve done so far, and we are hopeful you will enjoy listening to it. Till next time!

20 MINJUN 25
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Episode 13. AlgaTalk Live! at AlgaFest

Episode 12. Challenges of growing seaweed in the Philippines

This new episode in its own way continues the topic of algae and health with the difference being this time we talk about the health of algae. Growing algae, or seaweed in this case, has farmers face some challenges and diseases that infect the seaweed are among them. To get more insight into the problem and the ways of dealing with it, Jack talked to Dr. Anici Q. Hurtado, a phycologist and the Chair of the Integrated Services for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries (ISDA Inc.) in the Philippines, the organisation that promotes sustainable aquaculture and helps local seaweed farmers implement new technologies. Useful links for the episode: Integrated Services for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries website The Scottish Association for Marine Studies (SAMS) website, Facebook page

21 MINJUN 10
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Episode 12. Challenges of growing seaweed in the Philippines

Episode 11. Algae, Chemicals and Medicine (with Ally Hughes)

Well, where do we even begin with this episode! First, let’s welcome our guest Ally Hughes, a PhD student from Strathclyde Institute who is so knowledgeable, professional and straight up awesome. She kindly agreed to join us to talk on a topic of algae and their chemicals. How do scientists get those chemicals? How do they know which one to get? What those can be used for? Do algae have bad days (Tuesdays)? Why do they behave like teenagers? Questions were aplenty and Ally did a great job answering all of them, it was a blast to talk to her and we would love to have her back on the show in the future. Enjoy this knowledge feast! Links: Ally Hughes on Twitter Katherine Duncan Lab: Website The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre: Twitter and Xanthella: Website

40 MINMAY 27
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Episode 11. Algae, Chemicals and Medicine (with Ally Hughes)

Episode 10. What’s In A Name?

It’s our small milestone with this episode as we’ve made it to ten (yay)! And ironically enough only now we got to talk about what algae really are? With so many, and I mean SO many, species of what we call algae out there it is only fair to ask a professional who knows a thing or two about them. Luckily we didn’t have to go far as Jack and I are working for an algae growing factory, and there just happen to be a bunch of biologists lurking around. So one day Jack went out hunting and caught one of those, and then sat down with him to discuss the question of algal origin. The conversation turned out to be pretty much interesting and we hope you enjoy it. Till next time!

18 MINMAY 13
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Episode 10. What’s In A Name?

Episode 9. Seaweed Chef of Denmark

Hey, everyone, and welcome once again to our show about all things algae! This week’s episode may be a little on a short side time-wise but it’s definitely not less important. Jack is at it again interviewing people and he likes it so much that he has no plans to stop. His guest is Thorkil Johansson from Denmark who is a very passionate algae enthusiast and also an algae chef. Thorkil and Jack talk about how Thorkil got into eating seaweed, his Facebook community for use of seaweed in food and also how seaweed can help resolve some bowel movement issues (sic). As always we’re waiting for your feedback and suggestions that you can send to algatalkpodcast@gmail.com And if you like what we’re doing with the show please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts, this will help spread the word even further. Till next time!

15 MINAPR 29
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Episode 9. Seaweed Chef of Denmark

Episode 8. Algae in Design

Would you want algae to light up your room? Or keep your house cool? Or even power your stove with gas? All these applications may sound futuristic and far away until they don’t. In this episode of the show Jack and I take a look at some of the ideas designers and architects around the world came up with and even made a reality. Alga chandelier, a house powered by algae, an algae covered skyscraper. They are more real than you think. Check out the episode and the links to the articles we discuss below. * “Living” Chandelier Made with Algae-Filled Leaves Naturally Purifies the Air* Arup unveils world’s first algae-powered building* XTU Architects proposes algae-covered towers for Hangzhou* Bio-digital, interactive Urban Algae Canopy produces a small forest’s worth of oxygen

35 MINAPR 14
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Episode 8. Algae in Design
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Latest Episodes

Episode 17. Kelp Jerky (with Courtney Myers)

This time on the podcast we have a special guest Courtney Boyd Myers from AKUA, a company that makes kelp jerky. Jack interviews Courtney about the product itself, how it came to be and why they need chefs. They also talk about the efforts the company makes to keep production sustainable, eco-friendly and support local kelp farmers. The AlgaTalk Podcast now has a Patreon page where you can show your love and support by joining one of the tiers. Jack and I are working hard to make the show better and your support is crucial. Can’t join a tier? No sweats! You can do so much more still by simply going to the Apple Podcasts and leaving us a comment or a rating. Also, don’t underestimate the power of social media. Spread the word about the show and maybe send a link to someone who you think might need a bit more algae in their life. See y’all next time! Cover art by Pilow Dash

12 MINAUG 22
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Episode 17. Kelp Jerky (with Courtney Myers)

Episode 16. Algae-Animal Symbiotic Relationships

After a quite serious and heavy episode about alga blooms, we decided to talk about something more positive, more summer vibe-y. So in this episode, we talk about harmony, a certain kind that is called symbiosis. There are many cases of symbiotic relationships between algae and animals, and we wanted to highlight some of the most curious stories in our opinion. One of the most amazing facts that Jack and I have noticed was that not every symbiotic combination is mutually beneficial which is usually exactly the idea of symbiosis. Turns out sometimes one of the parties gets less or maybe even nothing at all. Nature works in exciting ways. Here are the stories we talked about: * GENITALS-BREATHING TURTLE WITH GREEN ALGAE ‘HAIR’ FACES POSSIBLE EXTINCTION, GROUP SAYS* Sloth fur has symbiotic relationship with green algae* Spotted Salamanders And Green Algae Have A Strange Symbiotic Relationship* Elysia viridis, the solar-powered sea slug A bonus story that didn’t make it into the show...

21 MINAUG 6
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Episode 16. Algae-Animal Symbiotic Relationships

Episode 15. Harmful Algal Blooms – The Dark Side of Algae

“Impossible to see the fish in the water is, algae blooms cloud everything,” said no Yoda ever but if he saw algae blooming that would probably be his reaction. That’s right, in this episode Jack and I are talking about harmful algal blooms (HABs), a phenomenon that people encounter in their local waters more and more every year. We go over the current state of events, discussing some cases of algae blooms in recent history. Jack tells us what is going on in Florida, and what the Algae Task Force wants from the public. Then we discuss some of the reasons for HABs with one of the major ones being human-made. And finally, we get to look at some of the solutions to the problem, both those that are being implemented now and those that are only in the R&D state. Also, we maybe get a little sidetracked by our Star Wars analogies at the end (cough). As usual, we’re always happy to get your feedback and comments via our Facebook page and Twitter, as well as email. We’ll see you next time!

32 MINJUL 22
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Episode 15. Harmful Algal Blooms – The Dark Side of Algae

Episode 14. Algae As The Food of The Future

The OG crew is back together again and as it is often the case with Jack and me, we take on a huge topic to discuss. This time we try to look at algae as the food of the future. Admitting the scope of the question, we go over some known cases of algae being used as/in food in the modern world and also try to imagine what the algae-based food of the future gonna look and taste like. We also wonder whether an algae-based burger or bacon will affect your perception of this meal? It’s the question for all of you, dear listeners, we’d love to hear what you think. Send us an email or leave a comment. Some useful links to go with the main course episode: * Technion students develop algae-based falafel to battle protein hunger* Inside IKEA’s Laboratory of Futuristic Foods* Hope You Like Algae, Because It’s Going To Be In Everything You Eat* RESEARCHERS DISCOVER SEAWEED THAT TASTES LIKE BACON AND IS TWICE AS HEALTHY AS KALE

23 MINJUL 9
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Episode 14. Algae As The Food of The Future

Episode 13. AlgaTalk Live! at AlgaFest

The episode number “Baker’s Dozen” comes to you live, a format we haven’t tried before, which makes it very unusual. And it’s not the only thing that is special. It also needs a little bit of context. Deep in the Israeli desert, there is an algae farming factory, Algatech, that has this tradition of an algae festival. Every year in spring they organize a fair and invite all the locals to celebrate algae and the community. Jack and I had a great opportunity to set up a table at the event and interview several people about their knowledge and experience with any kind of algae. The whole atmosphere was quite upbeat as you’ll hear in the background, and people we talked to were all friendly and open. Recording this episode was a lot of fun, it’s nothing like we’ve done so far, and we are hopeful you will enjoy listening to it. Till next time!

20 MINJUN 25
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Episode 13. AlgaTalk Live! at AlgaFest

Episode 12. Challenges of growing seaweed in the Philippines

This new episode in its own way continues the topic of algae and health with the difference being this time we talk about the health of algae. Growing algae, or seaweed in this case, has farmers face some challenges and diseases that infect the seaweed are among them. To get more insight into the problem and the ways of dealing with it, Jack talked to Dr. Anici Q. Hurtado, a phycologist and the Chair of the Integrated Services for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries (ISDA Inc.) in the Philippines, the organisation that promotes sustainable aquaculture and helps local seaweed farmers implement new technologies. Useful links for the episode: Integrated Services for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries website The Scottish Association for Marine Studies (SAMS) website, Facebook page

21 MINJUN 10
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Episode 12. Challenges of growing seaweed in the Philippines

Episode 11. Algae, Chemicals and Medicine (with Ally Hughes)

Well, where do we even begin with this episode! First, let’s welcome our guest Ally Hughes, a PhD student from Strathclyde Institute who is so knowledgeable, professional and straight up awesome. She kindly agreed to join us to talk on a topic of algae and their chemicals. How do scientists get those chemicals? How do they know which one to get? What those can be used for? Do algae have bad days (Tuesdays)? Why do they behave like teenagers? Questions were aplenty and Ally did a great job answering all of them, it was a blast to talk to her and we would love to have her back on the show in the future. Enjoy this knowledge feast! Links: Ally Hughes on Twitter Katherine Duncan Lab: Website The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre: Twitter and Xanthella: Website

40 MINMAY 27
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Episode 11. Algae, Chemicals and Medicine (with Ally Hughes)

Episode 10. What’s In A Name?

It’s our small milestone with this episode as we’ve made it to ten (yay)! And ironically enough only now we got to talk about what algae really are? With so many, and I mean SO many, species of what we call algae out there it is only fair to ask a professional who knows a thing or two about them. Luckily we didn’t have to go far as Jack and I are working for an algae growing factory, and there just happen to be a bunch of biologists lurking around. So one day Jack went out hunting and caught one of those, and then sat down with him to discuss the question of algal origin. The conversation turned out to be pretty much interesting and we hope you enjoy it. Till next time!

18 MINMAY 13
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Episode 10. What’s In A Name?

Episode 9. Seaweed Chef of Denmark

Hey, everyone, and welcome once again to our show about all things algae! This week’s episode may be a little on a short side time-wise but it’s definitely not less important. Jack is at it again interviewing people and he likes it so much that he has no plans to stop. His guest is Thorkil Johansson from Denmark who is a very passionate algae enthusiast and also an algae chef. Thorkil and Jack talk about how Thorkil got into eating seaweed, his Facebook community for use of seaweed in food and also how seaweed can help resolve some bowel movement issues (sic). As always we’re waiting for your feedback and suggestions that you can send to algatalkpodcast@gmail.com And if you like what we’re doing with the show please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts, this will help spread the word even further. Till next time!

15 MINAPR 29
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Episode 9. Seaweed Chef of Denmark

Episode 8. Algae in Design

Would you want algae to light up your room? Or keep your house cool? Or even power your stove with gas? All these applications may sound futuristic and far away until they don’t. In this episode of the show Jack and I take a look at some of the ideas designers and architects around the world came up with and even made a reality. Alga chandelier, a house powered by algae, an algae covered skyscraper. They are more real than you think. Check out the episode and the links to the articles we discuss below. * “Living” Chandelier Made with Algae-Filled Leaves Naturally Purifies the Air* Arup unveils world’s first algae-powered building* XTU Architects proposes algae-covered towers for Hangzhou* Bio-digital, interactive Urban Algae Canopy produces a small forest’s worth of oxygen

35 MINAPR 14
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Episode 8. Algae in Design
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