Tag: University of Wisconsin

New research says RFS is impacting monarch butterfly habitat

New research says RFS is impacting monarch butterfly habitat

March 31, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., new research prepared by the University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin provides the most detailed and comprehensive assessment to date of the direct connection between U.S. biofuels policy and specific economic and field-level environmental changes following passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard 10 years ago, according to the […]

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Unprecedented genome analysis of budding yeasts to help biofuels research

Unprecedented genome analysis of budding yeasts to help biofuels research

November 11, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, an unprecedented comparison of hundreds of species of yeasts has helped geneticists brew up an expansive picture of their evolution over the last hundreds of millions of years, including an analysis of the way they evolved individual appetites for particular food sources that may be a boon to biofuels research. Researchers led by […]

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Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass

Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass

March 18, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, researchers in the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are studying the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite and how they break down the lignin polymer, which could hold keys for biofuel and paper industries where lignin is notoriously difficult to degrade and remains a costly obstacle. When poplar […]

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University of Wisconsin researchers say ethanol created more CO2 than it saved

University of Wisconsin researchers say ethanol created more CO2 than it saved

November 16, 2017 |

In Wisconsin, a new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin shows that crop expansion in the US between 2008 and 2012 emitted 115 million tons of CO2 and that much of that can be attributed to biofuels because it was during a period of policy-driven biofuel production increase. The paper says that the […]

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University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers develop new process for three-in-one productions from biomass

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers develop new process for three-in-one productions from biomass

May 29, 2017 |

In Wisconsin, by developing a new process for obtaining not one, but three high-value products from biomass in one fell swoop, University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and their collaborators have now made that leap towards economic viability. The researchers, led by James Dumesic, professor of chemical and biological engineering, published their results May 19 in the […]

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University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers develop pre-bioplastic compound

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers develop pre-bioplastic compound

April 10, 2017 |

In Wisconsin, a team of chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has found a way to produce from biomass a valuable compound used in plastic production that they estimate could lower the cost of ethanol produced from plant material by more than two dollars per gallon. The development is the latest in […]

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University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee researchers trying to keep GMO switchgrass out of the market

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee researchers trying to keep GMO switchgrass out of the market

March 6, 2017 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee are tackling the main obstacle of keeping genetically modified switchgrass off the commercial market. It’s the possibility that lab-engineered genes could escape human control by mixing with genes of wild-growing grasses, which might interrupt natural processes in unpredictable ways. Genetically modified tomatoes were first approved for human […]

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University of Wisconsin researcher spins out company tackling lactic acid in ethanol production

University of Wisconsin researcher spins out company tackling lactic acid in ethanol production

November 29, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin has spun out a company called Lactic Solutions to advance a judo-like remedy for lactic acid production during ethanol fermentation: using genetic engineering to transform enemy into friend. Instead of killing lactic acid bacteria with antibiotics, he’s spliced in genes for ethanol production so these organisms […]

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University of Wisconsin find how microbe tears up cellulose

University of Wisconsin find how microbe tears up cellulose

June 9, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, new analysis by researchers at the University of Wisconsin of a group of bacteria called Streptomyces reveals the way some strains of the microbe developed advanced abilities to tear up cellulose, and points out more efficient ways we might mimic those abilities to make fuel from otherwise unusable plant material. Streptomyces were long […]

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University of Wisconsin researchers get GVL process closer to commercialization

University of Wisconsin researchers get GVL process closer to commercialization

March 10, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin the gamma valerolactone (GVL) process that breaks down biomass and unlocks its polysaccharides, having boosted production by 80-fold, with sugar yields topping 75 and 65 percent for xylose and glucose, respectively. Along the way they’ve learned to streamline steps and optimize factors like reaction temperature and acid […]

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