Category: Research

Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels launched

Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels launched

October 20, 2014 |

In Missouri, the government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, Indian corporate leaders and Washington University in St. Louis have invested $2.5 million to launch the Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels (IUABC). The IUABC is a joint bi-national center led by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay (IITB), […]

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Embrapa, Evogene ink research collab to improve castor oil cultivation in Brazil

Embrapa, Evogene ink research collab to improve castor oil cultivation in Brazil

October 20, 2014 |

In Brazil, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), and Evogene signed a joint research agreement for the advancement of castor cultivation in Brazil. The cooperation will primarily focus on technologies for controlling castor-specific diseases as well as practices for castor cultivation in rotation with soybean. The global market for castor oil has tightened over the […]

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Missing Link awarded four patents for algae biomass technology

Missing Link awarded four patents for algae biomass technology

October 20, 2014 |

In Texas, Missing Link Technology has been awarded patents for its deep water growth, harvesting, oils extraction, and biocrude extraction integrated suite of solutions. 1) MicGro Deep Water Reactor/Process: A engineered system of a series of one to ten foot deep water bioreactors configured in a stirred tank followed by a plug flow process flow […]

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University of Wisconsin researchers look at biomass for fuel and bird habitat

University of Wisconsin researchers look at biomass for fuel and bird habitat

October 16, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat. The research team found that where there are grasslands, there are birds. Grass-and-wildflower-dominated fields supported more than three times […]

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Michigan State discovery boon for biofuels and even cancer treatment

Michigan State discovery boon for biofuels and even cancer treatment

October 15, 2014 |

In Michigan, discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. The discovery that the protein CHT7 is a likely repressor of cellular quiescence, or resting state, is published in the current issue of the […]

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NASA study shows aviation biofuels reduce GHG emissions at least 50%

NASA study shows aviation biofuels reduce GHG emissions at least 50%

October 14, 2014 |

In California, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative fuels in jet engines. This follow-up set of Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions flight tests, known as ACCESS […]

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Keene University investigating toxicology of biodiesel particulates

Keene University investigating toxicology of biodiesel particulates

October 13, 2014 |

In New Hampshire, researchers at Keene University are studying the toxicology of biodiesel particulates. The team mounted particle impactors in the operator’s cabs in machinery at the Center, collecting samples of both petroleum diesel and biodiesel exhaust. The impactors can separate out different sizes of extremely tiny particles, which lets the researchers see exactly what […]

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Missouri opens ADM Center for Agriculture Development

Missouri opens ADM Center for Agriculture Development

October 9, 2014 |

In Missouri, the grand opening of the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Center for Agricultural Development at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) was held on Thursday. The ADM Center for Agriculture Development will provide students with opportunities for experiential learning in the latest theories of biofuel development, food production and […]

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MIT researchers develop way to boost yeast tolerance to ethanol

MIT researchers develop way to boost yeast tolerance to ethanol

October 8, 2014 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at MIT and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have identified a new way to boost yeast tolerance to ethanol by simply altering the composition of the medium in which the yeast are grown. They report the findings, which they believe could have a significant impact on industrial biofuel production, in this […]

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University of Bristol discovers enzymes don’t need water to function

University of Bristol discovers enzymes don’t need water to function

October 7, 2014 |

In the UK, research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology — that enzymes need water to function. The breakthrough could eventually lead to the development of new industrial catalysts for processing biodiesel. Enzymes are large biological molecules that catalyze thousands of different chemical reactions that […]

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