Tag: University of Illinois

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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University of Illinois researcher find perennial grasses suitable for salty soils

University of Illinois researcher find perennial grasses suitable for salty soils

April 4, 2016 |

In Illinois, most prime agricultural land is used to produce food crops, leaving biofuel producers to establish crops on marginal land. The soil on marginal land is often salty, making crop production difficult. But University of Illinois researchers have found several varieties of perennial grasses that can withstand high salt concentrations. The researchers subjected six […]

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University of Illinois researchers develop oil from sugarcane for biodiesel and aviation biofuel

University of Illinois researchers develop oil from sugarcane for biodiesel and aviation biofuel

March 21, 2016 |

In Illinois, under the guidance of University of Illinois scientists, a research team changed the metabolism of sugarcane to transform sugars into oils or lipids, which can then be used to produce biodiesel. The sugarcane usually contains 0.05% of oil. In less than a year of this project initiation, the researchers successfully increased the oil […]

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University of Illinois researchers says energy crops can reduce GHG without displacing food

University of Illinois researchers says energy crops can reduce GHG without displacing food

January 12, 2016 |

In Illinois, second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborators published their findings in the inaugural edition of the journal Nature Energy. The researchers call it […]

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University of Illinois estimates average of 7 cents per gallon ethanol profitability

University of Illinois estimates average of 7 cents per gallon ethanol profitability

January 11, 2016 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois farmdoc estimates the average Iowa ethanol plant saw an average of 7 cents per gallon profit in 2015, with 10 cents during the beginning of the year, 3 cents towards the later half of the year, and losses the last four weeks of the year primarily due to low […]

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University of Illinois sees only limited extra demand for corn feedstock in 2016

University of Illinois sees only limited extra demand for corn feedstock in 2016

December 8, 2015 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois has estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), indicate that U.S. production of fuel ethanol totaled 14.313 billion gallons during the 2014 calendar year. That is 1.02 billion gallons more than produced in 2013 and about 384 million gallons more than the previous record production in 2011. For […]

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University of Illinois researchers makes discoveries into clostridial metabolism

University of Illinois researchers makes discoveries into clostridial metabolism

June 30, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development. It typically involves complex biochemical processes implemented through the orchestration of metabolic reactions and gene regulation, […]

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