Tag: gribble

University of York researchers find key to producing biofuel from wood in the gut of curious wood-eating crustacean

University of York researchers find key to producing biofuel from wood in the gut of curious wood-eating crustacean

December 3, 2018 |

In the UK, scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved to perform an important ecological role eating the abundant supplies of wood washed into the sea from river estuaries. They can […]

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Salt-tolerant enzyme could quicken conversion process, NREL says

Salt-tolerant enzyme could quicken conversion process, NREL says

July 29, 2013 |

In Kentucky, gribbles can break down biomass into sugars in the harshest of environments, and are the subject of testing conducted by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL. Limnoria quadripunctata, a species of wood borer, thrive in salt-rich, high-solids environments. The enzyme could make the conversion process quicker and cheaper if […]

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Gribbles — why these wood-feasting microbial Vikings might be energy stars

Gribbles — why these wood-feasting microbial Vikings might be energy stars

June 10, 2013 |

In the delicatessen known as the ocean, only one little critter brings all his own tools for breaking down wood into food. That’s why this friendless coastal raider has caught the eye of biofuels research teams. It takes a village to raise a child, as the saying goes. A village of microorganisms that is. No […]

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