Tag: cellulose

The Stora Enso Story – a magical tale of trees and forests

The Stora Enso Story – a magical tale of trees and forests

January 26, 2019 |

It is said that one tree can affect the entire forest. If one tree has a pest problem or catches fire or any other plethora of issues, it can spread to neighboring trees and before you know it, you have a total wipeout. But can it work in the reverse? Can one big, beautiful tree […]

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Penn State researchers identify major steps in creating cellulose

Penn State researchers identify major steps in creating cellulose

May 2, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers at Penn State have identified the major steps in the process as well as the tools used by plant cells to create cellulose, including proteins that transport critical components to the location where cellulose is made. A paper describing the study appears online the week of March 26, in the journal Proceedings of […]

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Bugging out over exciting enzymes found in ancient insects

Bugging out over exciting enzymes found in ancient insects

February 25, 2018 |

Ancient insects’ digestion could boost biofuel development In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of York found that the ability of some insects to efficiently digest cellulose could be exploited for industrial processes, such as the production of sustainable low carbon fuels to cut greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuel use. According to […]

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UK researchers find key to breaking down cellulose

UK researchers find key to breaking down cellulose

December 21, 2016 |

In the UK, molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications. The study, led by a father and son team at the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge, solves a […]

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Swedish researchers develop better method to detect cellulose

Swedish researchers develop better method to detect cellulose

October 20, 2016 |

In Sweden, a Swedish research team involving researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Karolinska Institute has developed an efficient, accurate and non-destructive way to detect the occurrence and purity of cellulose. The technique, which was published in Scientific Reports, can be applied in mixtures of biopolymers, as well. The researchers […]

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UK and Australian researchers discover how plants produce cellulose

UK and Australian researchers discover how plants produce cellulose

June 9, 2016 |

In the UK, scientists led by the University of Cambridge and the University of Melbourne have identified new steps in the way plants produce cellulose, the component of plant cell walls that provides strength, and forms insoluble fiber in the human diet. The findings could lead to improved production of cellulose and guide plant breeding […]

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Patent awarded for cellulose-digesting bacteria that make ethanol 

Patent awarded for cellulose-digesting bacteria that make ethanol 

November 29, 2015 |

In Maryland, The US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,193,979 for ethanol-tolerant microorganisms that convert cellulosic biomass to ethanol.  The patent describes using the microorganisms to produce ethanol from crop or waste biomass like food waste, crop residues (e.g. corn stalks), algae, or leaves.  In contrast to most current biochemical methods to produce […]

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US poised for biobased chemicals breakout, says National Research Council

US poised for biobased chemicals breakout, says National Research Council

April 5, 2015 |

Though challenges remain, particularly in affordable feedstock, the US National Research Council says “Despite impressive recent and projected growth, the manufacturing of chemicals using biological synthesis and engineering could expand even faster.” The Digest looks at the Report. In Washington, the National Research Council arm of the National Academies has released its report, “Industrialization of […]

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Swiss researchers make breakthrough in cellulose pre-treatment

Swiss researchers make breakthrough in cellulose pre-treatment

May 7, 2014 |

In Switzerland, researchers at the Transport Processes and Reactions Laboratory, ETH Zurich, have found and patented a method to pretreat the plant parts in order to break up wood structures. Pretreatment increased the efficacy of the enzymes and the sugar yield increased twofold compared to steam pretreatment with no naphthol admixture.

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Chip Energy breaks ground on pellet plant, to be completed this year

Chip Energy breaks ground on pellet plant, to be completed this year

July 22, 2013 |

In Illinois, Chip Energy has broken ground on a biomass recycling and pelletizing plant. The plant will produce up to 100 tons per day of condensed biomass, and is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of this year. “I’m expecting my large clients to be utility companies that want a predictable emission briquette […]

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