Category: Research

EU BIOWAYS project collects data regarding public perception of bio-based production

EU BIOWAYS project collects data regarding public perception of bio-based production

October 17, 2018 |

In Belgium, EU-funded BIOWAYS conducted an EU-wide online survey alongside analysis of relevant studies which helped them to collect qualitative and quantitate data regarding the public perception on bio-based products. The online questionnaire was translated in seven languages and evaluated public perception and engagement with bio-based products, the benefits of utilizing them and reasons that […]

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research scores grant to research use of waste products from cellulosic biofuel production

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scores grant to research use of waste products from cellulosic biofuel production

October 16, 2018 |

In Texas, a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to Texas A&M AgriLife Research will help researchers investigate potential discoveries for waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel and asphalt binding agents. Their work will include […]

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VTT researchers team with partners to accelerate European bioeconomy

VTT researchers team with partners to accelerate European bioeconomy

October 15, 2018 |

In Finland, the whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to promote the production of the best possible raw materials in order to increase the availability of food, energy and biomaterials. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, the Finnish Forest […]

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Red-hued yeasts hold clues to producing better biofuels

Red-hued yeasts hold clues to producing better biofuels

October 13, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, a team based at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center found clues in red-hued yeasts that could help harness the synthesis pathway for large-scale production of isobutanol as a biofuel. A red pigment called pulcherrimin, naturally produced by several strains of wild yeasts, is synthesized in part through […]

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Argonne GREET 2018 update

Argonne GREET 2018 update

October 11, 2018 |

In Illinois, a research team at Argonne National Lab released its GREET 2018 update. GREET is a life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool, structured to systematically examine energy and environmental effects of a wide variety of transportation fuels and vehicle technologies in major transportation sectors (i.e., road, air, marine, and rail). There are two GREET modeling platforms; […]

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University of Illinois researchers complete sugarcane genome sequence

University of Illinois researchers complete sugarcane genome sequence

October 10, 2018 |

In Illinois, for centuries, sugarcane has supplied human societies with alcohol, biofuel, building and weaving materials, and the world’s most relied-upon source of sugar. Now, researchers have extracted a sweet scientific prize from sugarcane: its massive and complex genome sequence, which may lead to the development of hardier and more productive cultivars. Producing the comprehensive […]

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UC Berkeley researchers find bacteria’s hunger for gold leads to solar fuels

UC Berkeley researchers find bacteria’s hunger for gold leads to solar fuels

October 9, 2018 |

In California, bacterium named Moorella thermoacetica won’t work for free. But UC Berkeley researchers have figured out it has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for this special treat, the bacterium has revealed a more efficient path to producing solar fuels through artificial photosynthesis. By attaching light-absorbing nanoparticles made of cadmium sulfide (CdS) to […]

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Researchers discover how C-lignin could be well-suited for bioproducts

Researchers discover how C-lignin could be well-suited for bioproducts

October 8, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) with partners at the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) have shown that a recently-discovered variety of the substance, catechyl lignin (C-lignin), has attributes that could make it well-suited as the starting point for a range of bioproducts. Their findings have […]

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Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions

Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions

October 6, 2018 |

In California, researchers at UC Davis are stressing out poplar plants on purpose by elevating temperatures, lowering water access and seeing how they can redesign poplar to withstand the added stresses. Poplar provides a fast-growing woody feedstock for biofuels and the rising frequency of these stressful periods inspires a race to find more tolerant plants. […]

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University of Michigan researchers lead $2 million DOE algae project

University of Michigan researchers lead $2 million DOE algae project

October 4, 2018 |

In Michigan, with $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, University of Michigan researchers aim to make the long-touted promise of algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines into a reality. Their goal: create biofuels that work with existing diesel engines and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent, compared with normal diesel […]

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