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AlgaTalk is the show where we share our passion for all things algae, explore different aspects of them and look at the possibilities algae open up to mankind.

AlgaTalk Ivan Pilov, Jack Lunz

    • Natural Sciences

AlgaTalk is the show where we share our passion for all things algae, explore different aspects of them and look at the possibilities algae open up to mankind.

    Episode 20. Talking Commercial Algae with Hagai Stadler

    Episode 20. Talking Commercial Algae with Hagai Stadler

    Ho-ho-ho, everyone! Welcome to the year 2020 and to the episode #20, which we intentionally held back in order to achieve such a “coincidence”. No, just kidding, we are not that smart.







    Anyway, our first episode of the new year is somewhat special. As we’ve mentioned before, both of us are working for an algae-farming company, Algatechnologies, and in this episode, we have a former CEO Hagai Stadler as a guest.







    You may take it with a grain of salt (and algae), but Hagai sounds very enthusiastic about algae in general, and their commercial potential specifically, despite the fact of being the head of the company for a good number of years. Even more importantly, he provides another perspective on the topic, which is as valuable as ever in this fast-growing industry (pun intended).







    Also, we’d like to take the opportunity and wish all of you a great and happy new year. May it bring us joy and only good things!















    P.S. Thank you for staying with us in 2019, and here is to another year talking about algae!









    A friendly reminder while you’re here…







    We love making the podcast and bringing you all this amazing content for free. We don’t want to run any ads and believe in the idea of a community-supported content. If you like the show, please consider becoming our patreon, this will help the podcast grow. Even if you can’t make a pledge, your part is as important as everyone’s. Spread the word, share the links and leave a review on Apple Podcasts and any other podcast provider you use. Together we’ll succeed!







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    • 22 min
    Episode 19. Talking Biofuel with Maxwell Ware

    Episode 19. Talking Biofuel with Maxwell Ware

    We have to finally acknowledge the elephant in this algae room: biofuel. We’ve been talking about numerous aspects of algae and ways of using them but algae biofuels remained untouched. Until now.







    This episode features Maxwell A Ware, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Peers lab at Colorado State University, who approached us with the idea of an episode about biofuels and some new developments in the area. Maxwell happens to be working on many of those developments, and undoubtedly possesses deep knowledge and expertise of the subject.







    That was exactly the missing puzzle piece Jack and I were lacking, and of course, we seized the opportunity to talk to a person who knows a couple of (hundred) things about algae biofuels.







    We’ve found this conversation tremendously educating and we suggest you check it out too.









    A friendly reminder while you’re here…







    We love making the podcast and bringing you all this amazing content for free. We don’t want to run any ads and believe in the idea of a community-supported content. If you like the show, please consider becoming our patreon, this will help the podcast grow. Even if you can’t make a pledge, your part is as important as everyone’s. Spread the word, share the links and leave a review on Apple Podcasts and any other podcast provider you use. Together we’ll succeed!







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    See ya’ll next time!







    Cover art by Pilow Dash

    • 29 min
    Episode 18. Part 2. Ellen Hutchins, The Story Worth Telling

    Episode 18. Part 2. Ellen Hutchins, The Story Worth Telling

    The wait is over! And even if you were not waiting (we know you were) still here it comes. The 2nd part of Jack’s interview with Madeline Hutchins and Frances Gallagher about Ellen Hutchins.







    In the second half of their conversation, they talk more about the struggles of being a woman botanist in the 19th century and also about the influence Ellen’s work had on phycology.







    Enjoy the show and we’ll see next time!

    • 18 min
    Episode 18. Part 1. Ellen Hutchins, The Irish Queen of Seaweeds

    Episode 18. Part 1. Ellen Hutchins, The Irish Queen of Seaweeds

    We are back! They are back! She is back!







    Almost ten episodes ago, back in April 2019, we talked about a wonderful woman Ellen Hutchins, the first Irish female botanist, and guess what, we are talking about her again in this new episode.







    There are two great reasons to get back to her, except for the obvious fact she was amazing.







    First, the annual Ellen Hutchins Festival happened, and Jack got a chance to talk to Madeline Hutchins, a great great grand niece of Ellen Hutchins. Madeline is joined by our first comeback guest Frances Gallagher, and together they paint an exciting picture of Ellen’s life and work on seaweeds and algae.







    The second reason happens to be an exhibition at The Royal Botanical Garden Kew called Celebrating Ellen Hutchins. It puts a long-deserved spotlight on her work as a field botanist, seaweed collector and illustrator. The exhibition is open till November 22.







    This episode is the first part of Jack’s conversation with Madeline and Frances, so stick around for part #2 and we’ll see you next time!

    • 22 min
    Episode 17. Kelp Jerky (with Courtney Myers)

    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 min
    Episode 16. Algae-Animal Symbiotic Relationships

    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 is about crabs taking care of algae to keep those healthy and thus get protection for themselves.















    Cover art by Pilow Dash

    • 21 min

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