Category: Research

Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

June 30, 2019 |

In Idaho, a new techno-economic analysis by Idaho National Laboratory demonstrated that, by using integrated landscape management (ILM) techniques, bioenergy stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than previous assumptions. Researchers modeled the cost reductions achieved by leveraging ILM strategies in Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois watersheds. Those strategies included switching to low-cost bioenergy crops […]

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South Korean researchers develop new microorganism to improve brown macroalgae use in biorefineries

South Korean researchers develop new microorganism to improve brown macroalgae use in biorefineries

June 27, 2019 |

In South Korea, the joint research team of POSTECH and Seoul National University developed a new microorganism, which they named as Vibrio sp. dhg that they have successfully demonstrated can be a promising microbial platform for the biorefinery of brown macroalgae which can replace starch-crop biomass. Continuing efforts on studying utilization of non-edible biomass have […]

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Biochips ready for Next-Gen Sequencing: researchers

Biochips ready for Next-Gen Sequencing: researchers

June 26, 2019 |

In Washington, a group of researchers from Seoul National University have explored the role of biochips in driving next-generation sequencing. Biochips are essentially tiny laboratories designed to function inside living organisms, and they are driving next-generation DNA sequencing technologies. This powerful combination is capable of solving unique and important biological problems, such as single-cell, rare-cell […]

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DOE looking for nominations for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

DOE looking for nominations for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

June 25, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy has called for nominations to its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, applications for which are due on June 30. Nominations this year are needed for the following categories in order to address the Committee’s needs: (D) 2 prominent engineers or scientists from government (non-federal) or academia that […]

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Fanshawe receives nearly C$2 million to establish bioeconomy center

Fanshawe receives nearly C$2 million to establish bioeconomy center

June 24, 2019 |

In Canada, Fanshawe has received nearly C$2 million over five years from the Government of Canada to establish a research hub focused on the agri-food industry. With this funding, Fanshawe will establish the Centre for Bioeconomy within the recently opened Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology (CARIB). While federal and provincial policy looks […]

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NREL’s new nitrides could prove useful for many applications

NREL’s new nitrides could prove useful for many applications

June 22, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., scientists at NREL; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); University of Colorado, Boulder (CU); and other partner institutions around the country created a large stability map of the ternary nitrides, highlighting nitride compositions where experimental discovery is promising, and other compositions where nitride formation would be unlikely. For chemists attempting to create new […]

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Iowa State University researchers find biochar ideal for slow-release fertilizer

Iowa State University researchers find biochar ideal for slow-release fertilizer

June 20, 2019 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University researchers weren’t looking for a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality, but they may have found one. Researchers looking to add value to biochar – a solid, porous co-product of heating corn stalks and other sources of biomass to produce liquid bio-oil in a process called […]

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Lawrence Lab and JBEI identify molecular mechanism in bacteria to help boost biofuel production

Lawrence Lab and JBEI identify molecular mechanism in bacteria to help boost biofuel production

June 19, 2019 |

In California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote tolerance to imidazolium ionic liquid (IIL) solvents, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes. The research appears in the Journal of Bacteriology. […]

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Brazilian researchers find Amazonian fungus that produces key enzyme for ethanol production

Brazilian researchers find Amazonian fungus that produces key enzyme for ethanol production

June 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, a group of researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), working in partnership with colleagues at the Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil, have discovered that Trichoderma harzianum, a fungus found in the Amazon, produces an enzyme with the potential to play a key role in enzyme cocktails. […]

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SkyNRG teams with University of Limerick to explore development of Irish aviation biofuel produciton

SkyNRG teams with University of Limerick to explore development of Irish aviation biofuel produciton

June 17, 2019 |

In Ireland, the Bernal Institute at University of Limerick signed a deal with SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Bernal and the Netherlands-based firm SkyNRG was signed in the presence of Dutch Minister of Trade, Sigrid Kaag, during the Dutch Royal Visit and […]

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