Tag: bacteria

University of California, Irvine researchers using bacteria to produce hydrocarbons from industrial waste

University of California, Irvine researchers using bacteria to produce hydrocarbons from industrial waste

August 30, 2017 |

In California, researchers at the University of California, Irvine envision growing the Actinobacter vinelandii bacteria on industrial carbon waste to generate hydrocarbons. They found that the A. vinelandii strain that expresses the nitrogenase enzyme can produce methane (CH4), ethylene (C2H4), ethane (C2H6), propylene (C3H6), propane (C3H8) and butane (C4H10). So far they have optimized the […]

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KU Leuven researchers find bacteria DNA mutates under stress

KU Leuven researchers find bacteria DNA mutates under stress

May 9, 2017 |

In Belgium, bacteria need mutations or changes in their DNA code to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in a recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven. The findings open up various new avenues for research, ranging from more efficient […]

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Belgian researchers studying bacteria mutations to boost biofuel production

Belgian researchers studying bacteria mutations to boost biofuel production

May 2, 2017 |

In Belgium, bacteria need mutations — changes in their DNA code — to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in a recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium. The findings open up various new avenues […]

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Berkeley Lab researchers use protein from soil bacteria to improve biofuel production

Berkeley Lab researchers use protein from soil bacteria to improve biofuel production

April 6, 2017 |

In California, a protein used by common soil bacteria is providing new clues in the effort to convert aryl compounds, a common waste product from industrial and agricultural practices, into something of value. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute […]

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Boise State researcher looks at bacteria’s impact on cellulosic biofuel production

Boise State researcher looks at bacteria’s impact on cellulosic biofuel production

December 15, 2016 |

In Idaho, a paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor in the Biomolecular Research Center at Boise State University, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels, including hydrogen and hydrocarbons, while also surprisingly decreasing the amount of CO2 released as a waste byproduct. “CO2-fixing one-carbon metabolism […]

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Indonesian student identifies high acidity bacteria to break down wheat straw into ethanol

Indonesian student identifies high acidity bacteria to break down wheat straw into ethanol

August 3, 2016 |

In Indonesia, a biology student at the University of Surabaya has determined that bacteria found in the Mount Ijens crater can be used to produce ethanol from wheat straw thanks to its high acidity level of zero. Though more research needs to be done on bacteria and other microorganisms that survive in the highly acidic […]

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Washington University researchers develop method to weed out lazy bacteria

Washington University researchers develop method to weed out lazy bacteria

March 31, 2016 |

In Missouri, researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis have developed a method to weed out lazy bacteria to ensure that only the most efficient are used in order to boost biofuel production yields. The research found that most of the bacteria created from the same ancestor are lazy, eating up feedstock that more […]

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The Extreme 16: Strutting microbial Terminators pumping up the pursuit of sustainable molecules

The Extreme 16: Strutting microbial Terminators pumping up the pursuit of sustainable molecules

February 8, 2016 |

Take it to the Extreme, with these microscopic wonders that are changing the way we pursue sustainable fuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials. These days, researchers are turning up life forms trapped under hundreds of feet of Antarctic ice, in the syrupyist salty ponds, in mineral waters heated to more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit — in […]

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ORNL discovers natural abilities of unconventional bacteria to boost cellulosic biofuels

ORNL discovers natural abilities of unconventional bacteria to boost cellulosic biofuels

January 14, 2016 |

In Tennessee, researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center are looking beyond the usual suspects in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels. A new comparative study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory-based center finds the natural abilities of unconventional bacteria could help boost […]

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Evogene looks beyond plant genomics to bacteria for pest resistance

Evogene looks beyond plant genomics to bacteria for pest resistance

January 5, 2016 |

In Israel, Evogene is looking beyond its traditional research areas of plant genomics and will now look at bacteria genomics as well in hopes of unlocking resistance to pests. The idea is take a different tack as creating pest resistance in plants that doesn’t lead to increased pest resistance to those methods as they mutate. […]

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