Tag: microbes

Scientists looking at how microbes contaminate biofuels

Scientists looking at how microbes contaminate biofuels

March 11, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, the American Chemical Society is exploring studies that look at how microbes are becoming a concern for airlines and fleet operators who use biofuels. Operators are noticing contamination of microbes in biodiesel blends that wasn’t an issue before and scientists are looking into how to rectify the issue. A recent scientific study […]

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Going for the Gold! Mint Innovation’s microbes and technology recover gold

Going for the Gold! Mint Innovation’s microbes and technology recover gold

February 11, 2018 |

With the XXIII Olympic Winter Games starting and a record-breaking 102 gold medals up for grabs this year, it got us thinking about medals…and metals in general. With so many uses from giving them as awards for super athletes, to using them in currency, trade markets, and more recently, electronics, it seems like the demand […]

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Pandas and beavers digestion of bamboo and trees can help biofuel production

Pandas and beavers digestion of bamboo and trees can help biofuel production

October 21, 2017 |

In Canada, scientists in Ottawa with Agriculture Canada are looking at how pandas digest bamboo to better understand the fungi and microbes that help them digest the branches and twigs. This builds on another recent study about how beavers digest trees and how the enzymes in their gut help break down the material to get […]

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KnipBio Looks to Partner with Biofuels Leaders for Fish Feed

KnipBio Looks to Partner with Biofuels Leaders for Fish Feed

July 15, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, biotech company KnipBio completed the last phase in producing its new aquaculture feed, KnipBio Feed and is now looking to partner with biofuel industry leaders to get to commercial scale fermentation. As reported in Biofuels Digest before, KnipBio developed a series of naturally occurring microbes that convert low-cost feedstock into premium, nutritious, single-cell […]

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German researchers lead EU project looking at CO2-based biofuel technologies

German researchers lead EU project looking at CO2-based biofuel technologies

November 8, 2016 |

In Germany, microbes are already used on a wide scale for the production of fuels and base chemicals, but for this most of them have to be “fed” with sugar. However, since sugar-based biotechnology finds itself in competition with food production, it is faced with increasingly fierce criticism. Carbon dioxide has meanwhile become the focus […]

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Cornell researcher discover cellular strategy to produce biofuel through microbes feeding on CO

Cornell researcher discover cellular strategy to produce biofuel through microbes feeding on CO

August 1, 2016 |

In New York state, Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide. To make biofuel from inorganic, gaseous industrial rubbish, the researchers learned that the bacterium Clostridium ljungdahlii responds thermodynamically – rather than genetically – in the process of tuning favorable […]

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French researchers use atomic microscopy to identify microbes for biofuels

French researchers use atomic microscopy to identify microbes for biofuels

February 26, 2014 |

In France, researchers from the Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique at the Universite Paris-Sud have demonstrated the use of Streptomyces, a soil bacterium known for making antibiotics, for producing biofuels. The researchers used atomic force microscopy combined with infrared spectroscopy, a method that could be used by others to determine other microbes for biofuel production.

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Global Analysts project 135 billion gallon biofuels market by 2018

Global Analysts project 135 billion gallon biofuels market by 2018

August 16, 2012 |

In California, The global consumption of Biofuels is projected to reach 135 billion gallons by the year 2018, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts. ” Biofuels are fast growing to become a prominent alternative energy resource, driven mainly by the growing environmental concerns with regard to the usage of fossil fuels,” the […]

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Stanford and Penn State researchers use microbes to convert electricity into methane

Stanford and Penn State researchers use microbes to convert electricity into methane

July 31, 2012 |

In California, researchers from Stanford and Pennsylvania State universities say microbes that convert electricity into methane gas could become an important source of renewable energy. Researchers at both campuses are raising colonies of microorganisms, called methanogens, which have the remarkable ability to turn electrical energy into pure methane.

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