Tag: North Carolina State University

Cricket bacteria breaks down lignin – Opens pathways for biofuels

Cricket bacteria breaks down lignin – Opens pathways for biofuels

March 24, 2019 |

In North Carolina, researchers at North Carolina State University discovered that a bacterium found in camel crickets is capable of breaking down lignin – the stuff that makes wood tough – opening new research pathways for the development of biofuels and chemical manufacturing. The study also highlights the potential inherent in using ecosystem analysis as […]

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High-level switches that control wood formation have applications in biofuels

High-level switches that control wood formation have applications in biofuels

March 17, 2019 |

In North Carolina, researchers at North Carolina State University uncovered how a complex network of transcription factors switch wood formation genes on and off, which has applications for modifying wood properties for timber, paper and biofuels, as well as making forest trees more disease- and pest-resistant. The new study upends ideas about transcriptional regulatory networks […]

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Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program seeks internship hosts

Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program seeks internship hosts

February 17, 2019 |

In North Carolina, with the goal of increasing awareness and interest of traditionally underrepresented groups in the bioeconomy, NCSU has established a professional development and certificate program called the Sustainable Bioprogram and Bioenergy Program. The program is funding with a USDA NIFA grant similar to CABLE. The 18 participating undergraduate students represent colleges and universities […]

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Researchers improving wood properties, lignin biosynthesis, for biofuels

Researchers improving wood properties, lignin biosynthesis, for biofuels

April 22, 2018 |

In North Carolina, researchers at the Forest Biotechnology Group at North Carolina State University are speeding up the process of engineering trees for specific needs in timber, biofuel, pulp, paper and green chemistry applications. Scientists can now predict the effects of altering 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin a component of wood that needs […]

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