Category: Research

Economist shows how E15 could provide significant CO2 savings

Economist shows how E15 could provide significant CO2 savings

March 26, 2015 |

In Illinois, a new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist Dr. Stefen Mueller found that giving consumers more access to cleaner fuel options like E15 would provide significant environmental benefits. In Kansas, giving consumers the choice to use E15 would reduce carbon pollution by 184,226 metric tons per year. […]

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Japanese researchers to commercialize biobutanol technology from tangerines

Japanese researchers to commercialize biobutanol technology from tangerines

March 25, 2015 |

In Japan, graduate researchers at Mie University Graduate School of Bioresources plan to commercialize their method for producing biobutanol from spoiled tangerines in the next two to three years. The region is a major producer of mandarin oranges and as such about 150 tons of fruit go to waste annually, with about 2/3 being incinerated. […]

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UT researchers develop new mutant yeast strain to boost biofuel yields

UT researchers develop new mutant yeast strain to boost biofuel yields

March 24, 2015 |

In Texas, researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings […]

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UI-UC researchers find pigs eating DDGS get same results as with corn-soy feed

UI-UC researchers find pigs eating DDGS get same results as with corn-soy feed

March 23, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne tested pig diets containing 30 percent conventional DDGS (DDGS-CV), high-protein distillers dried grains (HP-DDG), or uncooked DDGS (DDGS-BPX), and compared them with a corn-soybean meal basal diet. They conducted one experiment using growing pigs and another experiment using finishing pigs to determine if the stage of […]

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MicroRNA cell research breakthrough to enable gene manipulation for environmental conditions

MicroRNA cell research breakthrough to enable gene manipulation for environmental conditions

March 23, 2015 |

In Australia, researchers have discovered that the microRNA mechanism that controls whether a particular cell destroys or simply represses the mRNA molecules in plants relies on ‘switcher’ genes. With the switcher genes discovered, the team will be able to manipulate them, allowing them to boost the capacity for an organism’s environmental adaptation. The data comes […]

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UofA startup finalizes exclusive license agreement for chemical synthesis tech

UofA startup finalizes exclusive license agreement for chemical synthesis tech

March 19, 2015 |

In Arizona, University of Arizona startup company GlycoSurf has finalized an exclusive license agreement for a new chemical synthesis technology, which was created at the University of Arizona. Prominent UA researchers Jeanne E. Pemberton and Robin Polt, both with the UA College of Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with Raina M. Maier of […]

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Singapore researchers simulate biomass-to-hydrogen production using catalysts

Singapore researchers simulate biomass-to-hydrogen production using catalysts

March 18, 2015 |

In Singapore, experimental analysis and computer simulations reveal new insights into the process by which ethanol produced from waste biomass can be converted into hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst. These insights should aid the design of more efficient catalysts for hydrogen production. Hydrogen gas is an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels. Today, […]

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Butamax wins another patent round against Gevo

Butamax wins another patent round against Gevo

March 17, 2015 |

In New York state, Butamax has won another patent round against Gevo when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board rules that Butamax has demonstrated a Gevo patent for aviation biofuel was in fact not patentable, saying it was either “anticipated or obvious” compared to other patents.

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Ceres and Raizen announce sweet sorghum partnership for ethanol

Ceres and Raizen announce sweet sorghum partnership for ethanol

March 16, 2015 |

In Brazil, Ceres and Raizen announced that they have signed a multi-year collaboration agreement to develop and produce sweet sorghum on an industrial scale. Sweet sorghum can be grown to complement existing feedstock supplies and extend the operating season of Brazilian sugarcane-to-ethanol mills. Under the collaboration, the companies will each contribute in-kind services and resources […]

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Taurus Energy to partner with US company for research, Lallemand for yeast distribution

Taurus Energy to partner with US company for research, Lallemand for yeast distribution

March 16, 2015 |

In Sweden, Taurus Energy has held contract negotiations with a US company as it develops its XyloFerm yeast strain, which can be used for the production of second-generation ethanol. The US company produces a cheap sugar from cellulose material, producing hemicellulose as a by-product. The two companies plan on signing a Research Collaboration Agreement, under […]

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