Tag: JBEI

Why does biology take so long to make commercial products? A Job for BOB

Why does biology take so long to make commercial products? A Job for BOB

May 25, 2016 |

The profusion of government-based Three-Letter Acronyms got so out of hand at one stage that the Navy’s Director of Operational Energy Chris Tindal began a meeting not long ago with a slide that said, simply, EYA. Explain Your Acronym. But there’s one TLA that was so friendly and promising that it forms the exception to the […]

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JBEI develops workflow method to study biofuel production on microbial hosts

JBEI develops workflow method to study biofuel production on microbial hosts

May 23, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a workflow that integrates various omics data and genome-scale models to study the effects of biofuel production in a microbial host. The development of omics technologies, such as […]

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JBEI invents two novel biosynthesis pathways for 5C alcohols

JBEI invents two novel biosynthesis pathways for 5C alcohols

February 14, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed two novel biosynthesis pathways for five-carbon alcohol (isopentenol or 3-methyl-3-buten-1-ol) from mevalonate that reduce the energy demand and cost of earlier applications of the mevalonate pathway by using genetically engineered host cells, whose culturing stage can happen both in anaerobic […]

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JBEI develops one-pot process for cellulosic ethanol

JBEI develops one-pot process for cellulosic ethanol

January 14, 2016 |

In California, led by Seema Singh and Blake Simmons, JBEI researchers have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal. The process utilizes a combination of ionic liquid pretreatment, enzymatic saccharification, and yeast fermentation for the production of concentrated fermentable sugars […]

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The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

November 12, 2015 |

JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in molecular biology,  chemical engineering, computational and robotic technologies, and pioneering work in synthetic biology to transform biomass sugars […]

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Why we have a Joint BioEnergy Institute: the story of ionic liquids

Why we have a Joint BioEnergy Institute: the story of ionic liquids

June 15, 2015 |

The development of ionic liquids, and the potential for a transformative impact on the cost and sources of renewable fuels, demonstrates why DOE created a clutch of integrated bioenergy research centers. How’s the progress? Lookin’ good. Here’s more. It’s been the big, big problem in biomass deconstruction and cellulosic fuels — the finicky nature of […]

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JBEI gets results from proteomics in switchgrass varieties

JBEI gets results from proteomics in switchgrass varieties

March 9, 2015 |

In California, if advanced biofuels are to replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuel on a gallon-for-gallon basis at competitive pricing, we’re going to need a new generation of fuel crops – plants designed specifically to serve as feedstocks for fuels. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have demonstrated the […]

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JBEI identify microbial metabolism pathway to boost terpene yields

JBEI identify microbial metabolism pathway to boost terpene yields

January 21, 2015 |

In California, researchers from the DOE JGI and the Joint Bioenergy Institute identified genes in an E. coli microbial metabolism pathway that could improve the production of terpenes. Terpenes are high-energy compounds produced in microbes and plants that could be used for producing biofuels. Enhancing terpene yields could lead to commercial-scale production of these biofuels.

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JBEI ready to license 4 new technologies

JBEI ready to license 4 new technologies

January 12, 2015 |

In California, four new technologies are available for license from the researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The technologies include: Golgi Nucleotide Sugar Transporters as Tools for Cell Wall Modification, a technology to engineer bioenergy plans and make sugars more easily accessible. Increasing Value of Waste Lignin from Biomass […]

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JBEI boosts E. coli methy ketone production 160-fold in two years

JBEI boosts E. coli methy ketone production 160-fold in two years

December 2, 2014 |

In California, two years ago, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones, a class of chemical compounds primarily used for fragrances and flavors, but highly promising as clean, green and renewable blending agents for diesel fuel. […]

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