Tag: enzyme

GPAT enzyme can accelerate biofuel production from red algae

GPAT enzyme can accelerate biofuel production from red algae

August 18, 2018 |

In Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers honed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. A study led by Sousuke Imamura at the Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology […]

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JBEI and Berkley Lab discover enzyme to produce bio-toluene

JBEI and Berkley Lab discover enzyme to produce bio-toluene

March 28, 2018 |

In California, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of twenty nine million tons per year. […]

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Researchers discover enzyme found in fungi that break down wood

Researchers discover enzyme found in fungi that break down wood

February 19, 2018 |

In the UK, an international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood. The enzymes could now potentially be used to sustainably convert wood biomass into valuable chemical commodities such as […]

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ADM and Vland enter joint development agreement for enzyme research

ADM and Vland enter joint development agreement for enzyme research

January 21, 2018 |

In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Company and China-based Qingdao Vland Biotech Group Co., Ltd. signed a joint development agreement for the development and commercialization of enzymes for animal feed applications. In addition to ADM’s research center in Decatur, Illinois, ADM will open a new U.S. enzyme research and development lab in California that will directly […]

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Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrate importance of microbial communities for enzyme stability

Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrate importance of microbial communities for enzyme stability

November 14, 2017 |

In California, a new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. The study, recently published in the journal Nature Microbiology, […]

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Plug-and-play: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzyme Engineering and Optimization

Plug-and-play: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzyme Engineering and Optimization

September 12, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Michael Himmell at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop technology to meet or exceed the target of 10 mg/g cellulose on pretreated feedstocks and feedstock blends. Attainment of this overall enzyme cost is consistent with BETO’s techno-economic evaluations for the 2022 biomass conversion […]

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Researchers modify enzyme surfaces to reduce biofuel production costs

Researchers modify enzyme surfaces to reduce biofuel production costs

July 6, 2017 |

In New Jersey, biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They’ve demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study […]

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Novozymes to invest $36 million in Nebraska enzyme production expansion

Novozymes to invest $36 million in Nebraska enzyme production expansion

May 16, 2017 |

In Nebraska, less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America.  The company’s new $36 million investment in the facility, which produces enzymes for renewable fuels, will increase the plant’s […]

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POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels to build on-site enzyme manufacturing at Project Liberty

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels to build on-site enzyme manufacturing at Project Liberty

February 16, 2017 |

In Iowa, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, pending state and local approvals. The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. For Project Liberty, the OSM will directly pipe enzymes into the Liberty production process without requiring downstream processing, stabilizers and […]

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JBEI discovers enzyme to break down cell walls

JBEI discovers enzyme to break down cell walls

February 7, 2017 |

In California, the discovery of a specialized enzyme that is highly effective at breaking down rigid plant cell wall components could be harnessed to solve this major challenge. A multi-institutional team of researchers led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) combined comparative proteomics with biochemical measurements. They then […]

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