Category: Research

MIT researchers genetically program yeast to better produce fats from sugars

MIT researchers genetically program yeast to better produce fats from sugars

January 19, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel. The researchers modified the metabolic pathways of yeast that naturally produce large quantities of lipids, to make them about […]

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Cornell researcher finds how bacteria turns waste into biofuels

Cornell researcher finds how bacteria turns waste into biofuels

January 18, 2017 |

In New York state, to unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. She used an emerging biochemical approach, called metabolomics, to track different sugar carbon atoms inside the bacterial cells and […]

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SUNY Morrisville working to get hemp commercial

SUNY Morrisville working to get hemp commercial

January 17, 2017 |

In New York state, SUNY Morrisville is doing its part in supporting New York’s dynamic and evolving economy, pioneering the reintroduction of hemp to New York State. Under a research license from MSC, JD Farms in Eaton, Madison County, is experimenting with growing hemp as a commercial crop. JD Farms is New York’s first industrial […]

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PNNL leads $6 million Algae DISCOVR Project to streamline species selection

PNNL leads $6 million Algae DISCOVR Project to streamline species selection

January 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, a new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system as part of a new streamlined process to quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for renewable fuels. Discovering which algae species is best suited to make biofuel is no […]

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Energy Technology publishes special issue on Pyrolysis

Energy Technology publishes special issue on Pyrolysis

January 15, 2017 |

In Germany, the peer-reviewed scientific journal Energy Technology has just published a Special Issue on Pyrolysis for Energy Technologies. The issue was guest edited by George Huber (University of Wisconsin) and Robert Brown (Iowa State University). The entire issue is free to access for all of 2017 and has contributions from many of the leaders in […]

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UK researchers develop technology to produce biofuel from diapers

UK researchers develop technology to produce biofuel from diapers

January 12, 2017 |

In the UK, a new eco-friendly process developed by Aberystwyth University biology graduate Joe Freemantle could provide a solution to managing specific types of waste including disposable diapers presents significant environmental challenges. Joe has devised a process to turn disposable diapers, incontinence pads and sanitary products into valuable products including pure cellulose fiber and bio-fuel. […]

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UCF gets DOE grants for biofuel research

UCF gets DOE grants for biofuel research

January 11, 2017 |

In Florida, the University of Central Florida landed two grants worth more than $1.25 million, which will help the Department of Energy accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable and sustainable high-performance alternative fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle engines. UCF and seven other teams won a total of eight grants. UCF’s project will not […]

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Researchers find sweet sorghum and sugarcane can cut biorefinery down time

Researchers find sweet sorghum and sugarcane can cut biorefinery down time

January 10, 2017 |

In Illinois, today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, according to recent research, dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce both ethanol and biodiesel for nine months of the year–increasing profits by […]

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University of Michigan researchers say diverse mix of algae species will reduce crop failure risk

University of Michigan researchers say diverse mix of algae species will reduce crop failure risk

January 9, 2017 |

In Michigan, when growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University of Michigan researchers. Algae-derived biocrude oil is being studied as a potential renewable-energy alternative to fossil fuels. U-M ecologist Bradley Cardinale […]

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Monsanto lands license for new CRISPR System

Monsanto lands license for new CRISPR System

January 8, 2017 |

In Missouri, Monsanto has reached a new global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of the novel CRISPR-Cpf1 genome-editing technology in agriculture. The CRISPR-Cpf1 system represents an exciting advance in genome-editing technology, because it has potential to be a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted improvements […]

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