Tag: MSU

MSU researchers discover how eucalyptuses oil yields vary

MSU researchers discover how eucalyptuses oil yields vary

May 9, 2019 |

In Michigan, researchers from Michigan State University have investigated the genetic basis of variation in oil yield in blue mallee, a eucalyptus native to Australia. This will allow for a faster and more efficient domestication, making the production of renewable fuels from eucalypt plantations more feasible. One reason for the interest in eucalyptus oil is […]

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MSU researchers harness algae and fungi to create new biofuel system

MSU researchers harness algae and fungi to create new biofuel system

September 26, 2018 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists found a solution using two species of marine algae and soil fungi to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept is a biofuel production platform that lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity. The species of alga, Nannochloropsis oceanica, […]

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Michigan State researchers propose new method to produce bioplastics from sunlight and cyanobacteria

Michigan State researchers propose new method to produce bioplastics from sunlight and cyanobacteria

October 31, 2017 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists are proposing a new way to economically produce biodegradable plastics with sunlight and help from an ancient microorganism. Researchers at the Ducat MSU-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory took cyanobacteria, that use sunlight to naturally produce sugar, and genetically tweaked them to constantly leak that sugar into a surrounding […]

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Super cyanobacteria and its sidekick –  Power duo produces bioplastic faster and cheaper than ever before

Super cyanobacteria and its sidekick – Power duo produces bioplastic faster and cheaper than ever before

October 28, 2017 |

You may know cyanobacteria by some more common forms like Spirulina, but researchers at Michigan State University are combining these handy microorganisms with natural bacteria to make a 100% biologically derived and biodegradable bioplastic. Making bioplastics from bacteria isn’t anything new, but what is new is MSU scientists’ new production method which allows them to […]

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Michigan State researchers to explore use of power plant emissions for algae-based technologies

Michigan State researchers to explore use of power plant emissions for algae-based technologies

September 26, 2017 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, unites faculty from the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and the MSU Chemistry Department with […]

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Michigan State University scores $1 million algae biofuels R&D program with ExxonMobil

Michigan State University scores $1 million algae biofuels R&D program with ExxonMobil

September 30, 2015 |

In Michigan, a new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics at the MSU-DOE Plant and Research Laboratory, says that the overall goal of the partnership is to […]

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MSU gets $5 million DOE grant to study how bioenergy crops acquire nitrogen

MSU gets $5 million DOE grant to study how bioenergy crops acquire nitrogen

September 9, 2015 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University has earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize yields while minimizing fertilizer use. The team will conduct the study at six sites in Michigan and Wisconsin. Along with growing plots of switchgrass and […]

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MSU researchers discover switch in plants that regulates photosynthesis

MSU researchers discover switch in plants that regulates photosynthesis

April 15, 2015 |

In Michigan, a team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food. Photosynthesis stores energy in two forms that are used to power plants’ metabolism. The amount of energy flowing into each of […]

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MSU gets BioAg funds to demonstrate AFEX pre-treatment technology

MSU gets BioAg funds to demonstrate AFEX pre-treatment technology

June 10, 2014 |

In Michigan, Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program for the Bio-Economy, launched by MSU and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, announces the first three BioAg projects selected for grants to help make them broadly available for consumer use. One of those grants includes funding for demonstrating the large scale production of bio-based chemicals using MSU’s […]

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MSU develops ethanol from glycerol process

MSU develops ethanol from glycerol process

May 22, 2014 |

In Michigan, a new fuel-cell concept, developed by an Michigan State University researcher, will allow biodiesel plants to eliminate the creation of hazardous wastes while removing their dependence on fossil fuel from their production process. The platform, which uses microbes to glean ethanol from glycerol and has the added benefit of cleaning up the wastewater, […]

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