Category: Research

University of Groningen researchers discover new glycocin that could be future biofuel feedstock

University of Groningen researchers discover new glycocin that could be future biofuel feedstock

March 13, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, University of Groningen microbiologists and their colleagues from Lithuania have discovered a new glycocin, a small antimicrobial peptide with a sugar group attached, which is produced by a thermophilic bacterium and is stable at relatively high temperatures. They also succeeded in transferring the genes required to produce this glycocin to an E. […]

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University of Queensland teams with JBEI on gene editing technology in sugarcane

University of Queensland teams with JBEI on gene editing technology in sugarcane

March 12, 2019 |

In Australia, gene-editing sugarcane for use in renewable energy and bio-plastics could help secure the industry’s future. Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation researchers at the University of Queensland supported by the US Joint BioEnergy Institute and Sugar Research Australia through an Australian Research Council Linkage grant are testing a range of sugarcane varieties […]

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Eni signs R&D collaboration to produce hydrogen from non-recyclable plastic packaging waste

Eni signs R&D collaboration to produce hydrogen from non-recyclable plastic packaging waste

March 11, 2019 |

In Italy, Eni signed an agreement with COREPLA, the National Consortium for the Collection, Recycling and Recovery of Plastic Packaging, to launch research projects to produce hydrogen from non-recyclable plastic packaging waste. The agreement defines the joint working group that will, over the next six months, assess the launching of research projects to produce hydrogen […]

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Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

March 9, 2019 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Wisconsin Energy Institute have developed a strategy for employing the bacterium N. aromaticivorans to turn lignin into a more valuable commodity. This can help turn woody plants into a replacement for petroleum in the production of fuels, plastics and other chemicals. The bacterium, […]

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Lawrence lab researcher 3D print live cells to convert glucose into ethanol

Lawrence lab researcher 3D print live cells to convert glucose into ethanol

March 7, 2019 |

In California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have 3D printed live cells that convert glucose to ethanol and carbon dioxide gas (CO2), a substance that resembles beer, demonstrating a technology that can lead to high biocatalytic efficiency. Bioprinting living mammalian cells into complex 3D scaffolds has been widely studied and demonstrated for applications ranging from […]

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St. Mary’s University researchers get funding to look at biomass production on poor quality land

St. Mary’s University researchers get funding to look at biomass production on poor quality land

March 6, 2019 |

In Canada, research into how poor-quality, marginal land can be used to produce biomass as a potential revenue stream for farmers underway at Saint Mary’s University received C$1.2 million in funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriScience program and the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub Fund. The project receiving funding is called “Purpose-Grown Biomass Crops: Efficient […]

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Michigan State researchers develop synthetic biology tools to co-produce high value compounds in plants

Michigan State researchers develop synthetic biology tools to co-produce high value compounds in plants

March 5, 2019 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists have developed synthetic biology tools to co-produce high-value compounds in plants. The study is published this week in the journal Nature Communications. Terpenoids form the largest class of natural products in plants and have been used by humans for thousands of years. Modern applications for terpenoids range wide, from […]

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University of Utah researchers find faster way to turn algae into biocrude

University of Utah researchers find faster way to turn algae into biocrude

March 4, 2019 |

In Utah, biofuel experts have long sought a more economically-viable way to turn algae into biocrude oil to power vehicles, ships and even jets. University of Utah researchers believe they have found an answer. They have developed an unusually rapid method to deliver cost-effective algal biocrude in large quantities using a specially-designed jet mixer that […]

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CRISPR reveals the secret life of antimicrobial peptides

CRISPR reveals the secret life of antimicrobial peptides

March 1, 2019 |

In France, scientists from the lab of Bruno Lemaitre at EPFL’s Global Health Institute have used CRISPR, the gene-editing technique, to delete no less than 14 AMPs from the fruit fly Drosophila. By deleting single AMP genes, various combinations of genes, or even all 14 genes, the scientists were able to remove their corresponding AMPs […]

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NREL researchers find way to upcycle plastics into higher value greener products

NREL researchers find way to upcycle plastics into higher value greener products

February 28, 2019 |

In Colorado, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered a method of plastics upcycling—transforming discarded products into new, high-value materials of better quality and environmental value—that could economically incentivize the recycling of waste plastics and help solve one of the world’s most looming pollution problems. Published in Joule, […]

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