Tag: wood

North Carolina State University researchers develop model that mimics wood formation

North Carolina State University researchers develop model that mimics wood formation

April 23, 2018 |

In North Carolina, new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood. The model, built on more than three decades of research led by Vincent Chiang of the Forest Biotechnology […]

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Proposed C$185 million Newfoundland wood-based biodiesel plant flounders

Proposed C$185 million Newfoundland wood-based biodiesel plant flounders

January 29, 2018 |

In Canada, New Green Technology’s proposed C$185 million timber-based biodiesel plant in Newfoundland isn’t likely to move forward. Nearly a year has passed since the agreement in principle was made with local authorities including securing the required timber rights to make the project viable. But the final deal was dependent on resubmitting the business plan […]

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DOE researchers find brown rot fungi can help with wood biofuel production

DOE researchers find brown rot fungi can help with wood biofuel production

February 27, 2017 |

In Minnesota, a team of scientists from the University of Minnesota; the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Gyeongsangnam-do Agricultural Research and Extension Services, Republic of Korea; and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found evidence that brown rot fungi separate the oxidants and enzymes in time rather than in space. The team discovered […]

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Newfoundland to get new advanced biodiesel plant using wood

Newfoundland to get new advanced biodiesel plant using wood

June 27, 2016 |

In Canada, unnamed investors have agreed to build a commercial-scale biodiesel facility in Botwood, Newfoundland that will use Tennessee-based Proton Power’s technology to produce the fuel from wood. The process burns the biomass to produce hydrogen that in turn is then used to produce biodiesel. The company’s 7.2 million gallon facility is set to come […]

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Knock on wood: why trade and brand will trump tech in the advanced bioeconomy

Knock on wood: why trade and brand will trump tech in the advanced bioeconomy

June 22, 2016 |

Adapted from remarks by Digest editor Jim Lane at the 2016 International Bioenergy Conference. Knock Knock Who’s there? Noah. Noah who? Noah good low carbon technology? Well, yes, you do. Lucky you. With all the uncertainty about the future of the world in the face of trade issues, immigration woes, energy and national security concerns, […]

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North Carolina researchers find stress can turn off wood formation

North Carolina researchers find stress can turn off wood formation

July 7, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the same process plants use to respond to environmental stress acts as an on/off switch for a key enzyme in wood formation, NC State researchers have found. The discovery improves scientists’ understanding of how lignin, which gives wood its strength and ability to transport water, is formed in plants and how it can […]

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UPM’s ValChem project gets EU funding to produce biochemicals from wood

UPM’s ValChem project gets EU funding to produce biochemicals from wood

June 11, 2015 |

In Finland, UPM’s ValChem project has received EUR13.1 million funding from the European Union. The project will be done in cooperation with Sekab, METabolic EXplorer and Technische Universität Darmstadt. The total budget of the project is around EUR 18.5 million. ValChem (Value added chemical building blocks and lignin from wood) is an ambitious project combining […]

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Finnish 3D tree stump modeling can assist with forest environmental impact analysis

Finnish 3D tree stump modeling can assist with forest environmental impact analysis

January 5, 2015 |

In Finland, researchers have developed a new method that can produce accurate three-dimensional (3D) models of recovered stumps and root systems. These models provide new information on the impacts of stump wood energy on the carbon sink capacity of forests, the biodiversity of forest nature and the soil structure of recovery areas. Tree stumps and root […]

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Scandinavian forest companies invest game-changing $3B for bioenergy and bioproducts

Scandinavian forest companies invest game-changing $3B for bioenergy and bioproducts

September 11, 2014 |

In Scandinavia, according to Wood Resource Quarterly, forest companies have announced that they will invest $3 billion in 2014 to diversify their product lines to include bio-products from wood fiber and to generate bioenergy resources. In addition to the investments in the pulp and paper industry, there has also been an announcement that the Swedish […]

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Biofore Company UPM, WWF Finland to team up for wood-based biofuels

Biofore Company UPM, WWF Finland to team up for wood-based biofuels

July 7, 2014 |

In Finland, the Biofore Company UPM and the conservation organization WWF Finland have agreed on versatile cooperation to promote sustainable wood-based biofuels, forest management, and sourcing of raw materials in Finland. “Sustainably produced, wood-based biofuels provide a promising alternative to decrease both emissions in traffic and oil import, as well as to increase national energy […]

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