Category: Research

Swedish researchers find tree stumps make good cellulosic biofuel feedstock

Swedish researchers find tree stumps make good cellulosic biofuel feedstock

May 30, 2016 |

In Sweden, findings from an eight-year long research program financed by SLU, the Swedish Energy Agency and a number of forest companies have been published in a special issue of the journal Forest Ecology and Management. Some conclusions are that biofuel from stumps are considerably better from a climatic point of view than burning of […]

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Expert panel gives thumbs up to Taurus Energy’s XyloFerm

Expert panel gives thumbs up to Taurus Energy’s XyloFerm

May 29, 2016 |

In Sweden, an expert panel convened by Taurus Energy has issued a favorable opinion regarding XyloFerm®as a feed component. It remains for the panel to assess and issue a statement regarding the final feed product. The panel members have, individually and collectively, determined that the genetic modifications made to create XyloFerm strains do not form […]

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MIT researchers develop biodiesel from CO2

MIT researchers develop biodiesel from CO2

May 26, 2016 |

In Massachusetts, new research from the Stephanopoulos group at MIT reports engineered microorganisms that can generate sustainable biofuel from carbon dioxide emissions. Their research was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This conversion process starts with mixtures of carbon dioxide and either carbon monoxide or hydrogen, The gas is bubbled into […]

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Researchers find fertilizer runoff from soy and corn not as high as thought

Researchers find fertilizer runoff from soy and corn not as high as thought

May 25, 2016 |

In Iowa, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering researchers Chris Jones, Keith Schilling, and Kung-Sik Chan, along with colleagues at the Iowa Soybean Association, evaluated water monitoring results from more than 7,000 water samples collected in the Raccoon River watershed of Central Iowa from 1999-2014. The team also had access to fertilization data for 700 fields in the […]

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ASU gets DOE funding for algae and cyanobacteria research

ASU gets DOE funding for algae and cyanobacteria research

May 24, 2016 |

In Arizona, two Arizona State University biofuel projects are among six nationwide receiving $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore innovative solutions in bioenergy. ASU’s research projects approach the question from two different angles: • Algae: This project will develop mixotrophic algae that can consume both CO2 and cellulosic sugars and significantly improve […]

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JBEI develops workflow method to study biofuel production on microbial hosts

JBEI develops workflow method to study biofuel production on microbial hosts

May 23, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a workflow that integrates various omics data and genome-scale models to study the effects of biofuel production in a microbial host. The development of omics technologies, such as […]

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Inaugural Field Day for ARPA-E’s “Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture” program set for June 2

Inaugural Field Day for ARPA-E’s “Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture” program set for June 2

May 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and the University of Arizona will host a Field Day for the TERRA program, including live demonstrations of crop sensing and analytics platforms that will broadly advance our nation’s energy security, agricultural productivity, crop yields, and environmental stewardship. The event will be held at the University of Arizona’s […]

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Benson Hill Biosystems announces cloud biology system for plant genomics

Benson Hill Biosystems announces cloud biology system for plant genomics

May 19, 2016 |

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems announced that is has commercially launched CropOS™, a cognitive engine using cloud biology to empower a new era of plant genomics innovation. CropOS uses powerful data analytics and biological knowledge to identify the most promising plant genetics in weeks instead of multiple growing seasons. Users can discover and breed tomorrow’s […]

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University of Guelph researchers accidently double plant growth through genetic tweak

University of Guelph researchers accidently double plant growth through genetic tweak

May 18, 2016 |

In Canada, an almost entirely accidental discovery by University of Guelph researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland. By tweaking a plant’s genetic profile, the researchers doubled the plant’s growth and increased seed production by more than 400 per cent. The team studied Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant often used […]

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UC Riverside gets $1.3 million from USDA to research waste plant biofuel and chemicals processes

UC Riverside gets $1.3 million from USDA to research waste plant biofuel and chemicals processes

May 17, 2016 |

In California, researchers from the University of California at Riverside have received a $1.3 million award from the USDA that will fund research on developing commercially viable processes to create biofuels and chemicals from waste plant materials. The award will support a project that aims to convert poplar wood into ethanol and polyurethanes based on […]

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