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Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions

Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions

October 6, 2018 |

In California, researchers at UC Davis are stressing out poplar plants on purpose by elevating temperatures, lowering water access and seeing how they can redesign poplar to withstand the added stresses. Poplar provides a fast-growing woody feedstock for biofuels and the rising frequency of these stressful periods inspires a race to find more tolerant plants. […]

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Researchers find “Three Routes Forward for Biofuels”

Researchers find “Three Routes Forward for Biofuels”

July 24, 2014 |

From California, we heard of a study just released  by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis — “Three Routes Forward for Biofuels,” that helps chart a new path toward the sustainable use of biofuels as a low-carbon, renewable fuel source. The study identifies three routes for biofuels produced at biorefineries: (1) an “incremental” […]

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UC Davis develops new cellulosic biofuel production process

UC Davis develops new cellulosic biofuel production process

February 4, 2014 |

In California, gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The process could open up new markets for plant-based fuels, beyond existing diesel substitutes. The feedstock for the new process is levulinic acid, which can be […]

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UC Davis researcher says Brazilian palm expansion could be worse than diesel

UC Davis researcher says Brazilian palm expansion could be worse than diesel

November 19, 2013 |

In California, researchers at UC Davis have determined that strict controls need to be put in place to avoid massive CO2 emissions resulting from palm oil expansion in Brazil. Unless oil palm development remains on already deforested land, the study says the GHG emissions of the new biofuels could be higher than fossil diesel.

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UCD researchers say that GHG forest emissions must take into account forest history

UCD researchers say that GHG forest emissions must take into account forest history

May 22, 2012 |

In California, researchers from the University of California at Davis say that the GHG emissions from cutting down forests can vary depending on how the trees were used in the past and where they were grown. Emissions can vary significantly if the forest was used to produce wood for construction or if it was produced […]

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UC Davis, U of Tokyo land $12M algae R&D project

UC Davis, U of Tokyo land $12M algae R&D project

January 18, 2012 |

In California, UC Davis has teamed with the University of Tokyo in Japan in a project jointly funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Japan Science and Technology Agency to develop bioenergy. All four projects, with a total of $12 million in grants, are based on metabolomics, an approach that uses high-tech analysis […]

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