Tag: Texas A&M

Texas A&M researcher finds way to use SOFA to produce lignin-based products

Texas A&M researcher finds way to use SOFA to produce lignin-based products

February 26, 2019 |

In Texas, lignin, used as a renewable resource to produce high-value products, has presented both production and economical challenges for biorefinery operations. However, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist suggests the use of an extraction method, plus other refining processes to produce multiple lignin streams. Researchers propose the use of selective organic solvent extraction, also […]

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Texas A&M researchers scaling up MixAlco process

Texas A&M researchers scaling up MixAlco process

March 19, 2018 |

In Texas, Texas A&M researchers are looking to scale up the process that occurs in the stomach of a cow, turning organic waste into vinegar—or in this case, organic acids from two to six carbons such as alcohols, esters, and others. Producing these bio-based chemical intermediates is intended to displace those currently supplied by fossil […]

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Texas A&M researchers look at DDGS feeding supplements for cattle

Texas A&M researchers look at DDGS feeding supplements for cattle

June 8, 2017 |

In Texas, researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research are interested in how seasons affect how well cattle can digest a type of Bermuda grass, Tifton 85. In a recent study, they found that as seasons progress, the grass becomes harder to digest. However, by supplementing with the dried distillers’ grains, this effect can be minimized. […]

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Texas A&M researchers develop carbon fiber from lignin

Texas A&M researchers develop carbon fiber from lignin

May 17, 2017 |

In Texas, waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars. “We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how to make good quality carbon fiber from waste,” said Dr. Joshua Yuan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and associate professor of […]

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Texas A&M researchers sequence genome of green microalgae

Texas A&M researchers sequence genome of green microalgae

April 26, 2017 |

In Texas, the genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. In […]

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Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

August 22, 2016 |

In Texas, the Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities,” Oct. 16-19 at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The course objectives are to receive comprehensive […]

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DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M to study biorefinery waste

DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M to study biorefinery waste

July 20, 2016 |

In Texas, the U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Researchers will focus much of the three-year study on ways to make plastic materials from the lignin waste. His lab has other energy department grants […]

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Texas A&M AgriLife researchers digging into disease resistance in plants

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers digging into disease resistance in plants

May 2, 2016 |

In Texas, scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant, research that could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. With almost $500,000 from the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative over three years, the researchers say the study will […]

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Researchers use game theory to find efficiencies for biomass supply chain

Researchers use game theory to find efficiencies for biomass supply chain

February 4, 2016 |

In Texas, researchers have used game theory to find efficiencies in the biomass supply chain that could boost the economic viability of using the feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production. The researchers said there can be up to 20% annual variations on feedstock supply so a variety of mitigation strategies to ensure supply availability including long-term […]

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Texas A&M researcher breeding pearl millet with Napier grass for sterile biomass hybrid

Texas A&M researcher breeding pearl millet with Napier grass for sterile biomass hybrid

November 4, 2015 |

In Texas, the downturn in the bioenergy industry has led one Texas A&M AgriLife Researcher to reach to new heights in the forage biomass arena. Dr. Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes […]

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