Tag: Texas A&M

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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Texas A&M study shows mesquite could be good bioenergy feedstock

Texas A&M study shows mesquite could be good bioenergy feedstock

August 14, 2014 |

In Texas, a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study will be published in the BioEnergy Research journal, outlining how mesquite, growing in abundance in some regions of the southwest, could fit into the overall picture for bioenergy. The paper is based on the study, Economic and Greenhouse Gas Efficiency of Honey Mesquite Relative to Other […]

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Texas A&M researchers measuring GHG footprint of bioenergy cropping systems

Texas A&M researchers measuring GHG footprint of bioenergy cropping systems

June 4, 2014 |

In Texas, researchers in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department have been measuring greenhouse gases from biofuel production scenarios to help quantify the carbon footprint of a bioenergy cropping system and evaluate compliance with federally mandated reduction goals.  

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Texas A&M researchers develop tools to quickly evaluate algal strains

Texas A&M researchers develop tools to quickly evaluate algal strains

May 19, 2014 |

In Texas, researchers at Texas A&M are developing microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems that can be used as high-throughput screening tools to quickly evaluate the growth and oil production characteristics of numerous algal strains under various growth conditions. Their paper describes how the team demonstrated the development of 10s or 100s of pico-liter sized photobioreactors on a […]

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Texas A&M researcher develop new medium for better biofuel production

Texas A&M researcher develop new medium for better biofuel production

June 26, 2013 |

In Texas, researchers at Texas A&M have developed a new medium for the cultivation of beneficial microorganisms called lactobacilli. A better understanding of lactobacilli metabolism can help improve feed efficiency in animals and combat malnutrition in humans, according to the researchers. Other lactobacilli are used to manufacture fermented food products and to drive the bioconversion of […]

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Grasshoppers may carry attractive enzymes for biofuels, study finds

Grasshoppers may carry attractive enzymes for biofuels, study finds

January 28, 2013 |

In Texas, Joshua Yuan’s lab at Texas A&M University, United States, in a report in PLoS Genetics, compared the genetics of microbes found in the intestinal tracts of grasshoppers, termites and cutworm catepillars. In addition to confirming the attractive diversity of promising enzymes for breakdown of cellulosic material for biofuels, the researchers found that grasshoppers […]

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Texas A&M gets DOE grant to study lignin as biofuel feedstock

Texas A&M gets DOE grant to study lignin as biofuel feedstock

January 8, 2013 |

In Texas, the DOE has awarded Texas A&M a $2.3 million grant to study how to convert lignin into biofuel in a project that will combine mathematical and engineering design with microbial engineering. Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia and Washington State University are also involved in the project.

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Texas A&M presentation points to southeast as “Saudi Arabia” of energy crops

Texas A&M presentation points to southeast as “Saudi Arabia” of energy crops

October 22, 2012 |

In Texas, Texas A&M executive associate director of AgriLife Research Bill McCutchen, made a presentation indicating that the southeast has the potential to become the “Saudi Arabia” of energy crops. He emphasized the importance of the Texas Gulf Coast as the “sweet spot” for growing energy crops that are drought tolerant and for production biofuels. […]

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Leaf Energy, Texas A&M partner to develop high-oil yeast as biofuel feedstock

Leaf Energy, Texas A&M partner to develop high-oil yeast as biofuel feedstock

November 24, 2011 |

In Texas, Australia’s Leaf Energy has signed a worldwide exclusive license agreement with Texas A & M University to develop the marine yeast Debaryomyces hansenii as a production platform for high value biofuels and proteins using its proprietary technology, INPACT, has been developed for the purpose of increasing the expression and yield of novel proteins, […]

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Beef and dairy farmers gained from biofuels mandates: Texas A&M

Beef and dairy farmers gained from biofuels mandates: Texas A&M

August 11, 2011 |

In Texas, a new study from Texas A&M shows that beef and dairy farmers have benefited financially since the introduction of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, despite claims from industry that they have suffered due to higher feed prices. The study looked at changes in input and output prices in January 2007 and January […]

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