Tag: fungi

Kew Gardens researchers discover fungi that can break down plastic in weeks

Kew Gardens researchers discover fungi that can break down plastic in weeks

September 20, 2018 |

In the UK, the Telegraph reports that Kew Gardens researchers and an international team from 18 countries have discovered Aspergillus tubingensis can break down plastic in weeks rather than decades using its mycelia. The fungi was found in a Pakistani trash dump by Chinese scientists last year. The discovery was part of a larger publication […]

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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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Rot is Hot to Trot: Brown Rot Fungi cries “Tora! Tora! Tora!” to biomass

Rot is Hot to Trot: Brown Rot Fungi cries “Tora! Tora! Tora!” to biomass

December 4, 2017 |

As any observer of roadkill knows, time takes care of even the most complex organisms if they die by the side of the road — rots sets in, and time takes its toll, and bones are generally all that is left by the side of the road. Rot is nature’s free bioconversion technology — and […]

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UC Santa Barbara researcher lead work on enzymes from fungi

UC Santa Barbara researcher lead work on enzymes from fungi

June 7, 2017 |

In California, in findings published in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara and more than 20 co-investigators describe a new complex of enzymes discovered in herbivore gut fungi that may have applications in sustainable fuels and chemicals. The paper is titled “A Parts List for Fungal Cellulosomes Revealed by […]

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UC Santa Barbara researchers lead the way on identifying fungi that can boost cellulosic ethanol efficiency

UC Santa Barbara researchers lead the way on identifying fungi that can boost cellulosic ethanol efficiency

May 31, 2017 |

In California, bioenergy researchers are looking to nature and the estimated 1.5 million species of fungi that, collectively, can break down almost any substance on earth, including plant biomass. As reported May 26, 2017 in Nature Microbiology, a team led by researchers at the University of California (UC), Santa Barbara has found for the first […]

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Researchers look at enzymes from fungi that could improve biofuel production

Researchers look at enzymes from fungi that could improve biofuel production

August 30, 2016 |

In Massachusetts, soil fungi secrete a wide range of enzymes that play an important role in biofuel production and bioremediation of metal-contaminated soils and water. A recent study reveals different fungal species secrete a rich set of enzymes that share similar functions, despite species-specific differences in the amino acid sequences of these enzymes. The study […]

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Researchers find symbiotic relationship between fungi, plants and bacteria driving plant health

Researchers find symbiotic relationship between fungi, plants and bacteria driving plant health

September 3, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, Jean-Michel Ané, a professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that new evidence is mounting that fungi and bacteria are cooperating in a symbiotic relationship in order to unlock the benefits of Mycorrhizae, a beneficial fungi that help virtually all land plants absorb the essential nutrients — phosphorus and nitrogen — […]

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“Austrian Scientists Engineer #Fungi to Produce Biofuels.”

“Austrian Scientists Engineer #Fungi to Produce Biofuels.”

June 6, 2013 |

Today on Twitter: repscottpeters Spoke against an proposed amndmnt to #FY14NDAA to cut @USNavy #biofuels program. Fuel alts are key wwwfoecouk: Time to tackle rising food prices caused by biofuels – guest blog by @AndersActionAid @ActionAidUK ChEnected Austrian Scientists Engineer #Fungi to Produce #Biofuels #Enzymes

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“Cost Effective Production of Biofuels from Fungi.”

“Cost Effective Production of Biofuels from Fungi.”

June 4, 2013 |

Today on Twitter: itsforhome  Renewable Energy Program Could Make Fracking and Biofuels Obsolete … BiologyMag  The fine print of microalgal biofuels Reatha_Gavenda Cost Effective Production of Biofuels from Fungi

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NREL looks into optimal enzyme formulations for biomass

NREL looks into optimal enzyme formulations for biomass

May 6, 2013 |

In Colorado, NREL researchers found that free and complexed enzymes use different mechanisms to degrade biomass at the nanometer scale, and mixing the two systems enhances catalytic performance. This research could help to engineer optimal enzyme formulations that are faster and more efficient. The breakthrough is outlined in a paper called “Fungal Cellulases and Complexed […]

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