Tag: bacteria

Michigan State researchers create synthetic nano-sized factory based on bacteria

Michigan State researchers create synthetic nano-sized factory based on bacteria

August 19, 2019 |

In Michigan, researchers at Michigan State University has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. This research could someday lead to new medical, industrial or bioenergy applications. Natural nanofactories are found in bacteria all over the planet. Some make nutrients. Others sequester toxic materials that would otherwise make the bacteria […]

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Swedish researcher transfer electrical current between bacteria and electrode

Swedish researcher transfer electrical current between bacteria and electrode

March 28, 2019 |

In Sweden, in recent years, researchers have tried to capture the electrical current that bacteria generate through metabolism. So far, however, the transfer of current from the bacteria to a receiving electrode has been highly inefficient. Now, researchers from institutions including Lund University have achieved a slightly more efficient transfer of electrical current. The results […]

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EU project looks for sustainable way to produce fluorinated products via bacteria

EU project looks for sustainable way to produce fluorinated products via bacteria

January 10, 2019 |

In Denmark, a new EU-funded project, SinFonia, will come up with a more sustainable alternative to the current production of fluorinated products by engineering the robust bacterium Pseudomonas putida as a cell factory to make fluorinated polymers. The project aims at producing fluorinated compounds in bacteria with metabolic engineering, circumventing the chemical reactions. Using the […]

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Purple bacteria turns sewage into hydrogen energy

Purple bacteria turns sewage into hydrogen energy

November 18, 2018 |

In Spain, researchers at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos found a new method using purple bacteria and electrical currents that reduces carbon emissions from wastewater treatment plants. Purple bacteria are photosynthetic and use infrared light as their energy source, giving them various colors like purple, brown and red. The bacteria can perform metabolic reactions and are […]

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Banking on the bacterium bad guy: Sandia tailors E. coli to convert plants into renewable chemicals

Banking on the bacterium bad guy: Sandia tailors E. coli to convert plants into renewable chemicals

May 19, 2018 |

In California, Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that could make it economically feasible to produce things like jet fuel, pantyhose, and plastic bottles from renewable plant sources. Economically and efficiently converting tough plant matter, or lignin, has long been a stumbling block for wider use of the […]

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Sandia researchers demo bioengineered bacteria to reduce cellulosic biomaterial production costs

Sandia researchers demo bioengineered bacteria to reduce cellulosic biomaterial production costs

May 17, 2018 |

In New Mexico, Sandia Lab asks, what does jet fuel have in common with pantyhose and plastic soda bottles? They’re all products currently derived from petroleum. Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that could make it economically feasible to produce all three from renewable plant sources. Piecing together […]

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Greener, cheaper technique for biofuel production from mushroom crop residue

Greener, cheaper technique for biofuel production from mushroom crop residue

April 7, 2018 |

In Singapore, a team of engineers from the National University of Singapore discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose, a plant-based material, to biobutanol. Associate Professor He Jianzhong from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NUS Faculty of […]

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Dutch diesel storage tanks hit hard by bacteria-induced rust from biodiesel and lower sulphur

Dutch diesel storage tanks hit hard by bacteria-induced rust from biodiesel and lower sulphur

February 27, 2018 |

In the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports that thousands of underground diesel storage tanks will probably have to be emptied and replaced over the coming years due to corrosion from bacteria growing in biodiesel and by lower sulphur content that failed to check the bacteria growth. Last year, storage tanks were already found to be leaking […]

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Stanford scientists find new type of cellulose in bacteria

Stanford scientists find new type of cellulose in bacteria

January 22, 2018 |

In California, Stanford scientists have found a new type of cellulose in bacteria with properties that could make it an improvement over traditional cellulose for fuels and other materials, or for better understanding and treating bacterial infections. They describe this modified cellulose, called pEtN, and its possible applications in the Jan. 18 issue of Science. […]

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Lallemand acquires Lactic Solutions LLC

Lallemand acquires Lactic Solutions LLC

October 28, 2017 |

In Georgia, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, acquired Lactic Solutions LLC. Lactic Solutions has been developing genetically modified lactic acid bacteria products specifically for the biofuels industry. According to their press release, these new products will create value for fuel ethanol producers through higher ethanol production yields and reduced consumption of antibiotics. This acquisition will […]

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