Tag: Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Oil-accumulating fungi research could help biofuels production

Oil-accumulating fungi research could help biofuels production

September 15, 2019 |

In Germany, mushroom genetics research, conducted by Ruhr-Universität Bochum researchers and others, could help biofuel production. Some species of trichosporonales fungi can store large amounts of lipids in their cells, and are so-called oil-accumulating fungi, which have therefore been increasingly analyzed in recent years as potential producers of biofuels. Trichosporonales fungi are widespread in the […]

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Researchers develop targeting of light-activated proteins

Researchers develop targeting of light-activated proteins

August 18, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a new strategy for the design of light-sensitive proteins. Such proteins, also called optogenetic tools, can be switched on and off by light pulses, thereby triggering targeted cellular processes. With their help, it is possible, for example, to study in living organisms and to control […]

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Longer life for bioelectrodes with oxygen-free environment

Longer life for bioelectrodes with oxygen-free environment

April 28, 2019 |

In Germany, a research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum has shown that operation in an oxygen-free environment significantly prolongs the life of the bioelectrode. “In order to generate energy sustainably and efficiently, we must not only understand but also overcome the processes that limit the lifetime of renewable energy conversion technologies,” says Wolfgang Schuhmann. The use […]

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Proton pathway reproduced to understand how algae enzymes produce hydrogen

Proton pathway reproduced to understand how algae enzymes produce hydrogen

November 25, 2018 |

In Germany, scientists from Ruhr-Universität Bochum succeeded for the first time in understanding how certain algae enzymes produce hydrogen by reproducing the pathway of the protons to the active center of these [FeFe] hydrogenases. This could allow such efficient but vulnerable biocatalysts to be chemically more stable. The hydrogenases produce two protons and two electrons […]

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