Category: Research

Freudenberg-NOK develops bio-rubber from sugarcane feedstock

Freudenberg-NOK develops bio-rubber from sugarcane feedstock

April 20, 2015 |

In Germany, with the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The bio-renewable rubber, for which development began in 2012, is made from a polymer that is made via a process that begins with […]

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Nebraska’s economy has expanded $2b because of ethanol, according to UN-Lincoln study

Nebraska’s economy has expanded $2b because of ethanol, according to UN-Lincoln study

April 20, 2015 |

In Nebraska, Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity has grown tenfold between 1995 and 2014 and has a positive impact on Nebraska’s economy over the last five years, according to a recent impact study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As of June 2014, Nebraska’s production capacity was 2,077 million gallons per year with 1,301 full-time employees at […]

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DOE researchers develop method to quickly map out plant genomes

DOE researchers develop method to quickly map out plant genomes

April 16, 2015 |

In California, through a combination of high-throughput sequencing, high performance computing, and genetic mapping, DOE JGI researchers have derived a sequence assembly for the highly repetitive plant genome of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum). The researchers pointed out that the strategy they developed and applied to the polyploidy species bread wheat is also applicable to any species, […]

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MSU researchers discover switch in plants that regulates photosynthesis

MSU researchers discover switch in plants that regulates photosynthesis

April 15, 2015 |

In Michigan, a team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food. Photosynthesis stores energy in two forms that are used to power plants’ metabolism. The amount of energy flowing into each of […]

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Researchers identify bacterium that breaks down biomass without pretreatment

Researchers identify bacterium that breaks down biomass without pretreatment

April 14, 2015 |

In Washington, the conventional strategy for producing ethanol from plant biomass requires costly pretreatment and enzyme-driven reactions. Refining another strategy known as consolidated bioprocessing (CPB) could reduce costs. In second-generation CPB, a microorganism splits of water and ferments the products to ethanol, reducing the cost. Now, scientists engineered a strain of a CBP bacterium called […]

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Norwegian researchers look to tobacco for enzymes

Norwegian researchers look to tobacco for enzymes

April 13, 2015 |

In Norway, researchers from Bioforsk, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels. In the first phase of the project researchers from Bioforsk, NFLI (Norwegian […]

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DOE’s Molecular Foundry develops method for ethanol production from ethane

DOE’s Molecular Foundry develops method for ethanol production from ethane

April 9, 2015 |

In California, a new material, designed and patented by researchers working at the DOE’s Molecular Foundry nanoscience research center, is making this process a little easier. Their findings could pave the way for the adoption of cheaper, cleaner-burning fuels. Natural gasses, like ethane and methane, are hard to store and transport. However, by converting them […]

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Iowa State University researcher warns over removing too much stover

Iowa State University researcher warns over removing too much stover

April 8, 2015 |

In Iowa, farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from an Iowa State University agronomist. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, a professor of agronomy, is urging farmers to take a thoughtful approach that accounts for variables […]

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Virginia Tech researchers develop method to produce cellulosic hydrogen

Virginia Tech researchers develop method to produce cellulosic hydrogen

April 7, 2015 |

In Virginia, a team of Virginia Tech researchers discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel. This method uses abundantly available corn stover to produce the hydrogen. Unlike other hydrogen fuel production methods that rely on highly processed […]

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University of East Anglia pinpoints five yeast strains to boost cellulosic yields

University of East Anglia pinpoints five yeast strains to boost cellulosic yields

April 6, 2015 |

In the UK, a new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, into bioethanol – a well-known alcohol-based biofuel. It is estimated that more than 400 billion liters of bioethanol could be produced each year from crop wastage. The research team from the University of East […]

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