Tag: JBEI

JBEI and Berkeley researchers find ways to make bioenergy crops more sustainable and profitable

JBEI and Berkeley researchers find ways to make bioenergy crops more sustainable and profitable

June 21, 2020 |

In California, three new projects by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Joint BioEnergy Institute, could make agriculture both more sustainable and more profitable by aiming to quantify and reduce the carbon intensity of agriculture, including the farming of biofuel feedstocks such as corn, soy, and sorghum, while also increasing yield. Crop-based biofuels […]

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Berkley Lab and JBEI find key to bioproduct economic feasibility

Berkley Lab and JBEI find key to bioproduct economic feasibility

April 6, 2020 |

In California, one strategy to make biofuels more competitive is to make plants do some of the work themselves. Scientists can engineer plants to produce valuable chemical compounds, or bioproducts, as they grow. Then the bioproducts can be extracted from the plant and the remaining plant material can be converted into fuel. When produced in […]

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Lawrence Lab and JBEI identify molecular mechanism in bacteria to help boost biofuel production

Lawrence Lab and JBEI identify molecular mechanism in bacteria to help boost biofuel production

June 19, 2019 |

In California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote tolerance to imidazolium ionic liquid (IIL) solvents, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes. The research appears in the Journal of Bacteriology. […]

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JBEI researchers identify three promising aviation jet fuel feedstocks

JBEI researchers identify three promising aviation jet fuel feedstocks

October 23, 2018 |

In California, Greencar Congress reports that researchers from JBEI along with Chinese colleagues have produced three promising aviation jet fuel feedstocks whose results were recently published in open-access journal Biotechnology for Biofuels. Researchers undertook computational analysis looking at three sesquiterpenes—epi-isozizaene, pentalenene and α-isocomene—and found they were comparable to commercial fossil-based jet fuel. They were then […]

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Joint Genome Institute researching terpenes as biofuel precursors

Joint Genome Institute researching terpenes as biofuel precursors

August 20, 2018 |

In California, from the distinct smell of eucalyptus to the flavor of wine, terpenes are ubiquitous. A diverse group of plant-produced organic compounds, terpenes play key roles in plant growth, defense, and environmental interactions. Terpenes are also economically important because of their use in industrial materials, pharmaceutical products, and as biofuel precursors. Collectively, hundreds of […]

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JBEI develops closed-loop biorefinery concept use waste lignin as process solvent

JBEI develops closed-loop biorefinery concept use waste lignin as process solvent

June 4, 2018 |

In California, a closed-loop biorefinery could dramatically lower the cost of biofuels and related products. In this approach, the refinery produces the solvents it needs, rather than “importing” them. Scientists at the Joint BioEnergy Institute are developing a closed-loop biorefinery concept that uses waste lignin as a potential process solvent. How? They synthesized a new […]

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JBEI and Berkley Lab discover enzyme to produce bio-toluene

JBEI and Berkley Lab discover enzyme to produce bio-toluene

March 28, 2018 |

In California, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of twenty nine million tons per year. […]

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The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

November 16, 2017 |

JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in molecular biology, chemical engineering, computational and robotic technologies, and pioneering work in synthetic biology to transform biomass […]

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In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

July 17, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. The following centers were selected based on an open competition using outside peer […]

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JBEI researchers sequence genes of mutant rice to learn how to improve bioenergy crops

JBEI researchers sequence genes of mutant rice to learn how to improve bioenergy crops

July 5, 2017 |

In California, in a paper published in The Plant Cell, a team led by the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) with collaborators from UC Davis and the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), reported the first whole-genome-sequenced, fast-neutron-induced mutant population of Kitaake, a model rice variety with a short life cycle. Kitaake (Oryza sativa L. ssp. japonica) completes […]

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