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Canadian researcher develops method to produce methane from cellulosic material faster and cheaper

Canadian researcher develops method to produce methane from cellulosic material faster and cheaper

July 12, 2017 |

In Canada, new research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural or forestry waste — including wheat straw, corn husks and Douglas fir bark–she compared traditional fermentation processes with their new technique […]

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Researchers find bio-based substitute for whale ambergris, but not yet as perfume component

Researchers find bio-based substitute for whale ambergris, but not yet as perfume component

April 23, 2012 |

In Canada, University of British Columbia have found a replacement for the $20,000/kg perfume component ambergis. Researchers used a balsam fir gene inserted into yeast to produce cis-abrienol.  As the researchers themselves state, while they have created an alternative with the fixative properties of ambergris, it does not have the fragrant qualities that makes ambergris […]

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