Tag: ARS

Bioproducts, USDA and you: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service partnership

Bioproducts, USDA and you: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service partnership

December 10, 2017 |

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; Assess the nutritional needs of Americans; Sustain a competitive agricultural economy; […]

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Accelerating Innovation in Agriculture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service

Accelerating Innovation in Agriculture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service

December 5, 2017 |

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; Assess the nutritional needs of Americans; Sustain a competitive agricultural economy; […]

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ARS researchers find algae likes a tasty papaya smoothy

ARS researchers find algae likes a tasty papaya smoothy

August 1, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers are leading an effort to produce biodiesel using a type of green algae known as Auxenochlorella protothecoides (formerly Chlorella protothecoides) tied with the pulp of discarded papayas, namely, those deemed too blemished, malformed, or damaged to be sold for market. The system devised by researchers calls for growing […]

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Researchers look at knowledge gaps in biomass biogeochemical processes and ecosystem sustainability

Researchers look at knowledge gaps in biomass biogeochemical processes and ecosystem sustainability

June 27, 2016 |

In Washington state, an ARS researcher led a team looking at the current state of knowledge and highlight gaps in research on biogeochemical processes and ecosystem sustainability related to biomass production. Biomass production systems incrementally remove greater quantities of organic matter, which in turn affects soil organic matter and associated carbon and nutrient storage (and […]

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ARS Scientists Develop Improved System to lower oxygen levels in pyrolysis-based biofuels, without catalysts

ARS Scientists Develop Improved System to lower oxygen levels in pyrolysis-based biofuels, without catalysts

July 11, 2013 |

In Pennsylvania, ARS chemist Charles Mullen, lead scientist Akwasi Boateng, and mechanical engineer Neil Goldberg recently filed a patent application for a new system that removes much of the oxygen from bio-oils without introducing catalysts. The three scientists work at the ARS Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pa. The team conducted their small pilot-scale […]

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“USDA ARS scientists see nothing corny about these leftovers.”

“USDA ARS scientists see nothing corny about these leftovers.”

June 5, 2013 |

Today on Twitter: BiotechPete Oil lobby urges Supreme Court to take up #E15 case BiomassMonitor: @truthout: #Biomass incinerators keep catching fire and/or exploding: scienceatusda: @USDA_ARS scientists see nothing corny about these leftovers.

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Researchers use sugar beet pulp for new thermoplastic for food packaging

Researchers use sugar beet pulp for new thermoplastic for food packaging

January 22, 2013 |

In Washington, the USDA announced that Agricultural Research Service scientists incorporated biodegradable sugar beet pulp, which is the leftover residue from sugar extraction, with a biodegradable polymer. The result is thermoplastic composites that retain mechanical properties similar to polystyrene and polypropylene, the compounds used to make white, spongy food packages. Processors generate tons of sugar […]

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New infrared process may drive higher biodiesel yields

New infrared process may drive higher biodiesel yields

September 24, 2012 |

In Washington, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has developed a near infrared (NIR) reflectance spectroscopy system capable of testing oilseeds, and thereby determining how to adjust settings in oilseed crushing equipment. The adjustments allow processors to fine-tune for batches with longer grinding processes, required for seeds with low oil content, thereby reducing inefficiencies in biodiesel processing […]

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ARS researcher develops new super-yeast for cellulosic ethanol

ARS researcher develops new super-yeast for cellulosic ethanol

September 21, 2011 |

In Illinois, a researcher at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria has developed Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain NRRL Y-50049, a yeast that ferments plant sugars into cellulosic ethanol despite the stressful interference by problematic compounds such as furfural (2-furaldehyde) and HMF (5-hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde) created during dilute acid pre-treatment of the crop […]

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USDA infrared tool cuts cost of grading bioenergy feedstock by 99 percent

USDA infrared tool cuts cost of grading bioenergy feedstock by 99 percent

August 22, 2011 |

In Washington, the USDA Agricultural Research Service has developed an inexpensive way to grade the ethanol potential of perennial grasses at the biorefinery’s loading dock. Researchers developed the first use of near-infrared sensing (NIRS) to measure 20 components in switchgrass biomass that determine its potential value to biorefiners. These components include cell wall sugars, soluble […]

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