Tag: Japan

Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding how microalgae makes oil

Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding how microalgae makes oil

February 28, 2017 |

In Japan, scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology lead by Professor Hiroyuki Ohta have made breakthroughs in understanding the mechanisms underlying microalgae’s oleaginous trait by investigating lipid metabolism in Nannochloropsis oceanica. TAGs are synthesized in the extraplastidic Kennedy pathway through sequential addition of three fatty acyl moieties to the glycerol backbone. Among the participating enzymes, […]

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Japanese researchers disover model for how plants create glucose from CO2

Japanese researchers disover model for how plants create glucose from CO2

January 31, 2017 |

In Japan, a research group led by Associate Professor ASHIDA Hiroki (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), Academic Researcher KONO Takunari (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), and Professor MATSUMURA Hiroyoshi (Ritsumeikan University) has discovered an evolutionary model for the biological function that creates CO2 from glucose in photosynthesis. […]

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Japanese researchers develop biojet from recycled clothing

Japanese researchers develop biojet from recycled clothing

December 22, 2016 |

In Japan, Nippon Environment Design Co., Ltd. And Green Earth Institute Co., Ltd. have teamed in the manufacturing and development of the next generation biojet fuel. Known as the “BRING project”, cotton clothing will be collected from all over Japan and recycled using the RITE Bioprocess®, an innovative biotechnology that GEI will put into practical […]

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Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

December 1, 2016 |

In Japan, the country’s first privately owned rocket to potentially reach an altitude of 100km is to be powered by ethanol. Interstellar Technologies, founded by maverick Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, could launch the rocket in January and will collect atmospheric data during its four-minute flight before falling into the Pacific Ocean. Although ethanol provides less […]

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Japanese researchers find cold-water fish gelatin makes ideal surgical sealants

Japanese researchers find cold-water fish gelatin makes ideal surgical sealants

November 14, 2016 |

In Japan, researchers at the University of Tsukuba have developed a technology to produce improved surgical sealants using gelatin of cold-water fish in particular (e.g. cod, hake, Alaska pollock and salmon) because the biomaterial basically makes the sealants waterproof. Tests performed on mice and pig tissue performed well, with the material biodegrading in eight weeks […]

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Toyota develops new DNA analysis technology to boost plant improvement

Toyota develops new DNA analysis technology to boost plant improvement

September 29, 2016 |

In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology called Genotyping by Random Amplicon Sequencing (GRAS) using analytical materials that have been provided by the Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center (KARC) of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO). This technology is capable of dramatically improving […]

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NEC develops bioplastic from cellulose resin

NEC develops bioplastic from cellulose resin

August 17, 2016 |

In Japan, NEC Corporation, in collaboration with the Kyoto Institute of Technology and a representative Japanese lacquerware artist, Dr. Yutaro Shimode, announced the development of a bioplastic using resin (cellulose resin) from grasses, trees and other non-edible plant resources that features the highly regarded “Urushi black” color of Japanese traditional lacquerware. In order to create […]

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Mitsubishi teams with Mitsui on zeolite membranes for ethanol production

Mitsubishi teams with Mitsui on zeolite membranes for ethanol production

July 14, 2016 |

In Japan, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service have agreed to form a business tie-up to produce and sell zeolite membranes. With the goal of entering new markets and expanding sales, MCC will purchase MZM’s entire output of zeolite membranes and hold the sole sales rights in the U.S. and other global […]

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Nissan announces e-Bio Fuel-Cell using ethanol

Nissan announces e-Bio Fuel-Cell using ethanol

June 14, 2016 |

In Japan, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it is currently researching and developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The new system— a world first for automotive use—features an e-Bio Fuel-Cell with an SOFC power generator. SOFC is a fuel cell utilizing the reaction of multiple fuels, including […]

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Japanese researchers produce electricity from stingray

Japanese researchers produce electricity from stingray

June 8, 2016 |

In Japan, scientists from the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center in Japan removed the electric organ from a torpedo stingray and chemically stimulated the organ by injecting a solution of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine though a syringe. They were able to achieve more than a minute of continuous current, with a peak voltage of 91 mV and […]

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