Category: Research News

Chinese scientists reveal the genomic enigma of desert poplar

In China, researchers from Lanzhou University, BGI and other institutes have succeeded in unraveling the whole genome sequence of desert poplar, Populus euphratica, and the genetic bases underlying poplar to against salt stress. This work provides new insights for understanding the genetic basis of tree adaptation to salt stress and facilitating the genetic breeding of […]

November 28, 2013 More

Researchs find bacterial strain to turn palm oil waste to L-lactic acid

In Singapore, Chuan Wu at the A*STAR Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences and co‐workers in Singapore have now identified bacteria that turn empty fruit bunch from palms into the chemical L-lactic acid. “Optically pure L-lactic acid is currently produced from starchy materials such as cornstarch,” says Wu. As such, the process uses a food […]

November 26, 2013 More

Researchers develop new approach to identify possible ecological effects of releasing genetically engineered insects

In Minnesota, University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new approach for identifying potential environmental effects of deliberate releases of genetically engineered insects. GE insects hold great promise for significantly changing pest management and fighting insect borne human diseases throughout the world. Before releasing GE insects, scientists, governments and industry must examine the possible ecological […]

November 21, 2013 More

Modified Viruses Boost Battery Performance

In Massachusetts, MIT researchers have found a way to boost lithium-air battery performance, with the help of modified viruses. The researchers found that adding genetically modified viruses to the production of nanowires — wires that are about the width of a red blood cell, and which can serve as one of a battery’s electrodes — […]

November 19, 2013 More

Fungus Kills Ticks

In Norway, researchers with Bioforsk, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, is working to determine whether the fungus Metarhizium can kill ticks in sheep pastures. This would also benefit future hikers. The researchers are conducting field trials with BIPESCO 5 which is a formulation of an isolate. BIPESCO 5, with the active ingredient […]

November 14, 2013 More

Tricking algae’s biological clock boosts production of valuable compounds

In Tennessee, researchers at Vanderbilt University have found that when the biological clocks of cyanobacteria were stopped in their daylight setting, the amount of several biomolecules that they were genetically altered to produce increased by as much as 700 percent when grown in constant light. “We have shown that manipulating cyanobacteria’s clock genes can increase […]

November 12, 2013 More

Researchers designed mathematical model for metabolic and genetic regulatory systems

In Spain, researchers from the Centre for Genomic Regulation and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas concepts of metabolic and genetic regulatory systems as well as to optimize the production of drugs and other biotechnological products. In this case, they studied the development of body segments in the fruit fly. The researchers developed algorithms to use in […]

November 7, 2013 More

New recyclable MDF could help solve UK waste problem

In the United Kingdom, Professor Abbott and his team at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester have developed a new wood-based product similar to MDF that uses a resin based on starch from completely natural sources, including potatoes.  With the aid of colleagues at the Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University and the Leicestershire-based […]

November 5, 2013 More

JBEI researchers develop strategy to create less metabolites and more chemical product

In California, researchers with the DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute used their system to double the production in Escherichia coli of amorphadiene, a precursor to the premier antimalarial drug artemisinin. Using genome-wide transcriptional analysis, the JBEI researchers identified native regions of DNA, called “promoters”, of DNA — called “promoters” — in E. coli that respond to […]

October 31, 2013 More

Research identifies how bacteria produce hydrogen

In California, chemists at the University of California, Davis, and Stanford University are revealing how bacteria have been making hydrogen easily. A study published Oct. 25 in the journal Science describes a key step in assembling the hydrogen-generating catalyst.  They found a series of chemical reactions involving a type of highly reactive enzyme called a […]

October 29, 2013 More