Tag: bacteria

UK researchers cut costs switching bacteria around to produce novel products

UK researchers cut costs switching bacteria around to produce novel products

June 9, 2021 |

In the UK, high-value chemicals used in biofuels and pharmaceuticals can be made from bacteria by switching their chemistry to produce novel products. Researchers from the University of Warwick have found a way to drastically cut the cost of turning on these switches.  Typically, genetic switches are turned on by adding a chemical called an […]

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Japanese researchers boost bio-acetone production with new bacteria strain

Japanese researchers boost bio-acetone production with new bacteria strain

May 12, 2021 |

In Japan, acetone, a volatile solvent used for everything from removing nail polish and cleaning textiles to manufacturing plastics, could get a sustainability boost from a new strain of bacteria engineered by a research team based in Japan.  Researchers from Hiroshima University published the details of the heat-loving, acetone-producing bacteria called Moorella thermoacetica on April […]

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Researchers show how bacterial control the chemicals produced from consuming “food”

Researchers show how bacterial control the chemicals produced from consuming “food”

December 3, 2020 |

In California, a new study reveals how bacteria control the chemicals produced from consuming ‘food.’ The insight could lead to organisms that are more efficient at converting plants into biofuels.  The study, authored by scientists at UC Riverside and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. In […]

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3D meat bioprinter commercialization, lab-grown chicken, algae-based skis, biobased car, bioluminescent wood, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 12th

3D meat bioprinter commercialization, lab-grown chicken, algae-based skis, biobased car, bioluminescent wood, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 12th

November 11, 2020 |

Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but this week’s innovations are heavy on food with a protein innovation contest crowning MycoTechnology for their mushroom-based protein production, a whopping $7 million raised for a 3D-printed cultured meat startup to commercialize its meat bioprinter, a “metabolized restaurant” concept with food produced using bacteria through […]

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Japanese researchers discover how certain bacteria break down cellulose

Japanese researchers discover how certain bacteria break down cellulose

October 12, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers have uncovered details of how a certain type of bacteria breaks down cellulose—a finding that could help reduce the cost and environmental impact of the use of biomass, including biofuel production. The bacteria’s cellulose degradation system is in some way different from how a fungus is already widely used in industry, including […]

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NREL leads research yielding new insights into how bacteria breaks down lignin

NREL leads research yielding new insights into how bacteria breaks down lignin

April 7, 2020 |

In Colorado, collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and three other national laboratories has yielded new insight into the ability of bacteria to break down the hardy part of a plant known as lignin. The additional understanding of the process could open a path to industrial applications. The newly published research builds upon […]

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Bacteria-devouring methane produces biofuels and biopolymers

Bacteria-devouring methane produces biofuels and biopolymers

January 5, 2020 |

In Canada, a University of Alberta researcher is investigating ways to eliminate atmospheric methane on an industrial scale while producing sustainable biofuels and biopolymers by using microscopic bacteria that eat methane and convert it into valuable ingredients in biofuels. Ultimately, the idea is to install bioreactors at industrial sites that produce methane. The gas can […]

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CO2 eating bacteria could be key to develop carbon-neutral fuels

CO2 eating bacteria could be key to develop carbon-neutral fuels

November 30, 2019 |

In Israel, scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science were able to get bacteria to eat carbon dioxide from their environment – essentially building all of their biomass from air. This feat involved nearly a decade of rational design, genetic engineering and a sped-up version of evolution in the lab. The findings point to means […]

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Michigan State researchers create synthetic nano-sized factory based on bacteria

Michigan State researchers create synthetic nano-sized factory based on bacteria

August 19, 2019 |

In Michigan, researchers at Michigan State University has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. This research could someday lead to new medical, industrial or bioenergy applications. Natural nanofactories are found in bacteria all over the planet. Some make nutrients. Others sequester toxic materials that would otherwise make the bacteria […]

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Swedish researcher transfer electrical current between bacteria and electrode

Swedish researcher transfer electrical current between bacteria and electrode

March 28, 2019 |

In Sweden, in recent years, researchers have tried to capture the electrical current that bacteria generate through metabolism. So far, however, the transfer of current from the bacteria to a receiving electrode has been highly inefficient. Now, researchers from institutions including Lund University have achieved a slightly more efficient transfer of electrical current. The results […]

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