Category: Research

University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wins $1.5 million award for sorghum pest research

University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wins $1.5 million award for sorghum pest research

April 25, 2019 |

In Nebraska, a tiny invader’s gooey march through U.S. sorghum fields continues to devastate crop yields, forcing some farmers out of the sorghum business despite the crop’s increasing importance. A University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist is investigating ways to help sorghum naturally resist sugarcane aphids, the crop’s most damaging pest in the United States. Louis earned a […]

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University of Illinois researchers develop way of using glycerol to reduce energy consumption of waste-based biofuel production

University of Illinois researchers develop way of using glycerol to reduce energy consumption of waste-based biofuel production

April 24, 2019 |

In Illinois, University of Illinois chemical engineers have assessed the technical and economic feasibility of a new electrolysis technology that uses a cheap biofuel byproduct to reduce the energy consumption of the waste-to-value process by 53 percent. The new findings are published in the journal Nature Energy. The new study proposes glycerol—an organic byproduct of […]

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NTU Singapore researchers develop way to boost oil seed yield by up to 15%

NTU Singapore researchers develop way to boost oil seed yield by up to 15%

April 23, 2019 |

In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15 per cent in laboratory conditions. The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are […]

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Duke University researchers develop robotic system that sniffs ethanol leaks

Duke University researchers develop robotic system that sniffs ethanol leaks

April 22, 2019 |

In North Carolina, engineers at Duke University are developing a smart robotic system for sniffing out pollution hotspots and sources of toxic leaks. Their approach enables a robot to incorporate complex calculations of airflows in confined spaces made on the fly, rather than simply guide the robot to ‘follow its nose’. Their approach combines physics-based […]

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NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops

NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops

April 21, 2019 |

In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University scientists developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15 per cent in laboratory conditions. The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are in a multi-billion dollar […]

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WPI researchers develop novel process to produce isobutanol cheaper

WPI researchers develop novel process to produce isobutanol cheaper

April 18, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, taking a step closer to a “green” replacement for fossil fuels, a research team that includes a chemical engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a novel process using an unusual solvent and an exotic microorganism that may make it possible to manufacture isobutanol and other biofuels more economically. In a paper […]

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NUI Galway launches new waste-based biofuels research lab

NUI Galway launches new waste-based biofuels research lab

April 17, 2019 |

In Ireland, NUI Galway has officially launched a new research laboratory, featuring the latest analytical equipment to characterize biofuels produced from organic waste as well as the microbial communities which produce these fuels. Professor Piet Lens will lead a team of 25 PhD and post-doctoral researchers in the Department of Microbiology at NUI Galway, which […]

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Spain’s CENER working on valorizing organic MSW through EU-funded projects

Spain’s CENER working on valorizing organic MSW through EU-funded projects

April 16, 2019 |

In Spain, Biomass Department of CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain) is convinced of the need to move towards a circular bioeconomy, in which the society is capable of valorizing the wastes produced in an integral and cascade mode. On that regard, CENER is involved in 4 specific initiatives in order to develop the […]

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Alabama governor awards Auburn University grant to study carinata viability

Alabama governor awards Auburn University grant to study carinata viability

April 15, 2019 |

In Alabama, a $39,757 grant awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers. The study will determine not only if carinata can be successfully grown in the state, […]

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Yeast strain can increase ethanol production by 15.5%

Yeast strain can increase ethanol production by 15.5%

April 14, 2019 |

In India, researchers from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, DBT-ICGEB Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research discovered that a robust yeast strain can produce up to 15.5% more ethanol when glucose or lignocellulose biomass — rice and wheat straw — is fermented and has been isolated. With India’s biofuel target going from the […]

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