Tag: JBEI

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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JBEI discovers enzyme to break down cell walls

JBEI discovers enzyme to break down cell walls

February 7, 2017 |

In California, the discovery of a specialized enzyme that is highly effective at breaking down rigid plant cell wall components could be harnessed to solve this major challenge. A multi-institutional team of researchers led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) combined comparative proteomics with biochemical measurements. They then […]

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JBEI releases 4 new biobased technologies for licensing

JBEI releases 4 new biobased technologies for licensing

December 23, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed four new technologies available for license: Streamlined Saccharification from Lignocellulosic Biomass, 2015-143 Translation Control Tool for Plans, 2013-166 Determining Ligninases Activities through Nanostructure Initiator Mass Spectrometry (NIMS), 2016-109 Lanthanide-Chelator Barcode for Combinatorial Screening Applications, 2016-121 Berkeley Lab […]

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Why does biology take so long to make commercial products? A Job for BOB

Why does biology take so long to make commercial products? A Job for BOB

May 25, 2016 |

The profusion of government-based Three-Letter Acronyms got so out of hand at one stage that the Navy’s Director of Operational Energy Chris Tindal began a meeting not long ago with a slide that said, simply, EYA. Explain Your Acronym. But there’s one TLA that was so friendly and promising that it forms the exception to the […]

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JBEI develops workflow method to study biofuel production on microbial hosts

JBEI develops workflow method to study biofuel production on microbial hosts

May 23, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a workflow that integrates various omics data and genome-scale models to study the effects of biofuel production in a microbial host. The development of omics technologies, such as […]

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JBEI invents two novel biosynthesis pathways for 5C alcohols

JBEI invents two novel biosynthesis pathways for 5C alcohols

February 14, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed two novel biosynthesis pathways for five-carbon alcohol (isopentenol or 3-methyl-3-buten-1-ol) from mevalonate that reduce the energy demand and cost of earlier applications of the mevalonate pathway by using genetically engineered host cells, whose culturing stage can happen both in anaerobic […]

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JBEI develops one-pot process for cellulosic ethanol

JBEI develops one-pot process for cellulosic ethanol

January 14, 2016 |

In California, led by Seema Singh and Blake Simmons, JBEI researchers have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal. The process utilizes a combination of ionic liquid pretreatment, enzymatic saccharification, and yeast fermentation for the production of concentrated fermentable sugars […]

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The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

November 12, 2015 |

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 sugars […]

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Why we have a Joint BioEnergy Institute: the story of ionic liquids

Why we have a Joint BioEnergy Institute: the story of ionic liquids

June 15, 2015 |

The development of ionic liquids, and the potential for a transformative impact on the cost and sources of renewable fuels, demonstrates why DOE created a clutch of integrated bioenergy research centers. How’s the progress? Lookin’ good. Here’s more. It’s been the big, big problem in biomass deconstruction and cellulosic fuels — the finicky nature of […]

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