Tag: Virginia Tech

95% wooden pallets recycled into biofuel, mulch, animal bedding

95% wooden pallets recycled into biofuel, mulch, animal bedding

April 15, 2018 |

In Virginia, a new study conducted by Virginia Tech on the disposal of wood pallets at landfill sites reveal that 95% of wooden pallets are being recycled. Wooden pallets get used, reused, and when they are no longer useful, they are converted to mulch, animal bedding or biofuel. Both municipal and solid waste (MSW) and […]

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Researchers outline 23 barriers to advanced biofuels’ success

Researchers outline 23 barriers to advanced biofuels’ success

April 11, 2017 |

In Virginia, researchers from Virginia Tech University have determined that 52% of advanced biofuels facilities were already closed in 2015 and have determined a list of 23 barriers that could potentially explain why these projects have failed. Technology issues were identified as key internal barriers while external barriers were dominated by the Renewable Fuel Standard […]

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Winter is Not Coming: Pushing back the Frost Wall for more food, more fuel, more money, more everything

Winter is Not Coming: Pushing back the Frost Wall for more food, more fuel, more money, more everything

December 5, 2016 |

Winter barley and early tomatoes may sound like a dull foundation upon which to further a revolution in agriculture — but then again, the Spanish hardly developed California in two centuries of sovereignty because they couldn’t see the point. As Master Po said in Kung Fu, “Because a man can see, he does not look.” […]

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Virginia Tech looks at invasive species risk assessment

Virginia Tech looks at invasive species risk assessment

October 14, 2015 |

In Virginia, several of the plants grown as biofuel crops have proved to be invaders in some environments – spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems. Concerns about these weedy tendencies have led many to contend that risk assessments should be conducted before any bioenergy crop becomes widely cultivated. A new study featured in the […]

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Virginia Tech scientists demonstrate bacteria controlling behavior of robots

Virginia Tech scientists demonstrate bacteria controlling behavior of robots

July 20, 2015 |

In Virginia, in a paper published in Scientific Reports, which is part of the Nature Publishing Group, a Virginia Tech scientist used a mathematical model to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot. “Basically we were trying to find out from the mathematical model if we could build a […]

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Virginia Tech researchers get $1.4 million grant to study bioenergy genetics

Virginia Tech researchers get $1.4 million grant to study bioenergy genetics

August 22, 2014 |

In Virginia, two Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate. Populus, a genus of fast-growing trees commonly known as cottonwoods and aspens, is being grown for […]

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Scientists transform cellulose into starch

Scientists transform cellulose into starch

April 22, 2013 |

In Virginia, a team of Virginia Tech researchers has succeeded in transforming cellulose into starch, a process that has the potential to provide a previously untapped nutrient source from plants not traditionally thought of as food crops. The type of starch that Zhang’s team produced is amylose, which acts as a good source of dietary […]

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Virginia Tech breakthrough produces vast quantities of hydrogen from biomass

Virginia Tech breakthrough produces vast quantities of hydrogen from biomass

April 9, 2013 |

In Virginia, researchers at Virginia Tech have made a major breakthrough by using xylose to produce a large quantity of hydrogen that previously was only theoretically possible. The method can be applied to any kind of biomass to produce hydrogen, a process which could find its way to the market in as quick as three […]

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Virginia Tech launches study of climate change impact on forest adaptation

Virginia Tech launches study of climate change impact on forest adaptation

[ 0 ] March 28, 2011 |

In Virginia, Jason Holliday, assistant professor of forest genetics and biotechnology in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, is using a $1.5 million Faculty Early Career Development Program grant from the National Science Foundation to gain insight into how tree populations adapt at the genomic scale as a result of climate change. The […]

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