Tag: University of Illinois

Australian vine can boost soybean yield

Australian vine can boost soybean yield

April 7, 2018 |

In Illinois, a new study from the University of Illinois shows that the unobtrusive perennial vine native to Australia, called Glycine tomentella, could hold the key to substantially increase soybean yields. “We saw yield increases of 3.5 to 7 bushels per acre in soybean lines derived from crossing with Glycine tomentella,” said Randall Nelson, study […]

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University of Illinois researchers determine feed value for wheat co-products

University of Illinois researchers determine feed value for wheat co-products

April 3, 2018 |

In Illinois, with feed costs and the worldwide demand for meat growing, livestock producers are increasingly turning to co-products from the ethanol and human food industries. Research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the feed value of wheat middlings and red dog, two co-products of the wheat milling process that can be […]

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers look to reduce phosphorus from corn byproducts

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers look to reduce phosphorus from corn byproducts

March 26, 2018 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign are using adding calcium to different corn byproducts and tweaking the solution’s pH in an effort to precipitate organic and inorganic phosphorus compounds in minutes. Doing so would not only create potential additional value using the phosphorus as fertilizer or as supplements for animal feed but […]

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Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

February 17, 2018 |

In Illinois, a new study from the University of Illinois analyzes why the gap between the ethanol blend wall and the conventional ethanol mandate is so important to understanding the movement of ethanol RINs prices, how the gap is rapidly shrinking, and what this means for the future ethanol RINs price levels. The report said […]

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New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

February 11, 2018 |

In Illinois, a multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country. The project, backed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Sun Grant Initiative, began in 2008 and includes researchers from 26 institutions. Together, they evaluated the bioenergy potential of switchgrass, Miscanthus, […]

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Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

December 31, 2017 |

In Illinois, researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are engineering sugarcane plants, called lipidcane, to produce more oil as well as sugar. Growing lipidcane containing 20 percent oil would be five times more profitable per acre than soybeans, the main feedstock currently used to make biodiesel in the United States, and twice as profitable […]

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Research Study Shows Corn More Valuable as Food than Fuel

Research Study Shows Corn More Valuable as Food than Fuel

July 8, 2017 |

In Illinois, the food versus fuel debate gets a new research study supporting the food side. Researchers at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign completed their three year study to assign a dollar amount to each step in corn production for both food and biofuel measuring its value economically and environmentally. The study focused specifically on corn […]

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University of Illinois researchers integrate technologies to enhance yeast productivity

University of Illinois researchers integrate technologies to enhance yeast productivity

May 16, 2017 |

In Illinois, in a new article in Nature Communications University of Illinois researchers describe how their successful integration of several cutting-edge technologies—creation of standardized genetic components, implementation of customizable genome editing tools, and large-scale automation of molecular biology laboratory tasks—will enhance our ability to work with yeast. The results of their new method demonstrate its potential to […]

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Soil Microbes Flourish with Reduced Tillage

Soil Microbes Flourish with Reduced Tillage

October 6, 2016 |

Soil microbes generally increase quality of soil by cycling nutrients and breaking plant residues down into soil organic matter. Currently, a third of US farmers no longer till their farms with more farmers resorting to conservation tillage after farmers started abandoning ploughing in favour of a practice known as no-till agriculture. Stacy Zuber who is […]

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Working the calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock

Working the calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock

August 7, 2016 |

“What color is your parachute?” went the title of a best-selling book from the 80s on job hunting. The concept applies equally to biomass feedstock in the 2010s. There’s one out there for you that shines above the rest. But which one? The University of Illinois’ Madhu Khanna takes us through a biomass calculator in […]

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