Category: Research

UW-Madison researchers find red pigment can improve isobutanol production

UW-Madison researchers find red pigment can improve isobutanol production

November 5, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, a compound that has scientists seeing red may hold the key to engineering yeasts that produce better biofuels. A red pigment called pulcherrimin, naturally produced by several strains of wild yeasts, is synthesized in part through the same biochemical pathway that researchers hope to use to improve production of isobutanol, a promising biofuel […]

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Scientists find a “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

Scientists find a “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

November 4, 2018 |

In Japan, results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch after scientists found a “switch” controlling the level of starch content in algae. The study focused on the unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae and researchers demonstrated that starch content could be dramatically increased in […]

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Lithuanian researchers develop Portland cement on industrial waste

Lithuanian researchers develop Portland cement on industrial waste

November 1, 2018 |

In Lithuania, scientists of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) are developing methods for producing concrete without cement, using industrial waste – fly ash. The final product is as strong as the traditional concrete, is more resilient to damaging effects of acid, and more stable in cases of expose to extreme heat and cold. In order […]

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Auburn University researchers lead $2 million DOE butyl acetate project

Auburn University researchers lead $2 million DOE butyl acetate project

October 31, 2018 |

In Alabama, Auburn University researchers are leading a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy project that promises to improve fuel efficiency and economy. The project will create a bio-based fuel additive that can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Joining as […]

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Neste’s NEXTBTL team awarded top Israeli award for innovation

Neste’s NEXTBTL team awarded top Israeli award for innovation

October 30, 2018 |

In Israel, nominated by the Council of Finnish Academies, Senior Vice President of Technology at Neste, Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors and his team have been awarded with the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation. This is a globally highly recognized prize for innovation in the field. The […]

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Colorado State leads $2.1 million DOE project to improve CO2 utilization of algae

Colorado State leads $2.1 million DOE project to improve CO2 utilization of algae

October 29, 2018 |

In Colorado, though algal biofuels are a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, there remains room to improve the production of the algae used to create them. Researchers at Colorado State University are leading a $2.1 million project that aims to increase algae yield by improving carbon dioxide utilization. The three-year project is part of […]

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Making something new out of something old – 450M year-old enzymes boost thermostability

Making something new out of something old – 450M year-old enzymes boost thermostability

October 28, 2018 |

In Australia, University of Queensland researchers have stabilized biocatalyst enzymes that used to fall apart outside the body and at high temperatures so that they don’t do that anymore, which can be useful for carrying out chemical transformations under industrial conditions, such as producing biofuels. They made more heat tolerant and stronger versions of two […]

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Moose gut microbes latest to help unlock cellulosic biofuel production

Moose gut microbes latest to help unlock cellulosic biofuel production

October 25, 2018 |

In Alaska, microbes in the gastrointestinal tract of ruminants such as moose help break down recalcitrant plant biomass into carbon nutrients, but how do they do this over the course of seasons when the moose diet changes, and what microbes are involved? Now, an international research team has studied microbial communities in the rumen of […]

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UK awards funds to innovative green projects including bioeconomy solutions

UK awards funds to innovative green projects including bioeconomy solutions

October 24, 2018 |

In the UK, dissolving seaweed sauce sachets and technology inspired by a suckerfish to remove plastics from rivers are among 11 innovative projects to win the backing of a GBP4 million government fund to clean up the environment. To showcase the ground-breaking research being led by UK scientists and innovators during Green GB & NI […]

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JBEI researchers identify three promising aviation jet fuel feedstocks

JBEI researchers identify three promising aviation jet fuel feedstocks

October 23, 2018 |

In California, Greencar Congress reports that researchers from JBEI along with Chinese colleagues have produced three promising aviation jet fuel feedstocks whose results were recently published in open-access journal Biotechnology for Biofuels. Researchers undertook computational analysis looking at three sesquiterpenes—epi-isozizaene, pentalenene and α-isocomene—and found they were comparable to commercial fossil-based jet fuel. They were then […]

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