Tag: Michigan

High yielding switchgrass that needs minimal nitrogen crucial to viability

High yielding switchgrass that needs minimal nitrogen crucial to viability

August 13, 2020 |

In Michigan, high yielding switchgrass varieties that require minimal nitrogen fertilization are crucial to bioenergy research because of their economically and environmentally sustainable qualities. Switchgrass, like other perennial grasses, extracts nitrogen from soils by growing long roots and by forming relationships with root fungi. Switchgrass also associates with microbes that can fix nitrogen, i.e., take […]

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Gas Technologies and INFRA Synthetic Fuels team on converting gases into fuels

Gas Technologies and INFRA Synthetic Fuels team on converting gases into fuels

March 25, 2020 |

In Michigan, Gas Technologies and INFRA Synthetic Fuels, Inc have invested $100 million in R&D and recently combined technologies to develop an integrated system capable of converting natural and renewable gas sources into commercial-grade methanol, ultra-low Sulphur diesel (USLD), naphtha and low carbon renewable fuels. GasTechno and INFRA will market and commercialize their new integrated […]

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Michigan State University researchers find mutant algal strain degrades TAGs slower than usual

Michigan State University researchers find mutant algal strain degrades TAGs slower than usual

February 5, 2020 |

In Michigan, researchers at Michigan State University are studying a mutant algal strain that degrades TAGs slower than usual as algae try to exit hibernation. Somehow, the algal mutant does not manage the hibernation process in a normal way. The responsible protein, missing due to the mutation, is called Compromised Hydrolysis of Triacylglycerols 7. It […]

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Ford approves HVO for its Transit vans

Ford approves HVO for its Transit vans

January 27, 2020 |

In Michigan, Ford has approved the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in its Transit vans. This renewable diesel fuel is based on waste oils, including used cooking oil that can be sourced from restaurants and takeaways – and even kitchens at home. The use of HVO – or renewable diesel – in place of […]

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Michigan State University researchers investigating seedling pathogens for corn, soybean and wheat

Michigan State University researchers investigating seedling pathogens for corn, soybean and wheat

November 11, 2019 |

In Michigan, a group of scientists in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University set out to gain a better understanding of the composition of seedling pathogens, with results that will aid disease management research not only in corn but in rotational crops such as soybean and wheat. This research […]

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Michigan biodiesel deal pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

Michigan biodiesel deal pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

October 23, 2019 |

In Michigan, a Bloomfield, Michigan, biodiesel fuel dealer pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan. According to plea documents, Chandra Yarlagadda, 54, owned and operated Alpha Bioenergy […]

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MSU scores $2.7 million DOE grant to study sorghum genetics and crop modeling

MSU scores $2.7 million DOE grant to study sorghum genetics and crop modeling

October 2, 2019 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University researchers are part of a multi-university team that has been awarded a $2.7 million DOE grant for a new study on sorghum that melds differing sciences — from genomics to crop modeling. The aim is to identify and better understand genes that lead to improved growth and yield in various […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher looking closer at the phyllosphere

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher looking closer at the phyllosphere

September 12, 2019 |

In Michigan, a new study in Nature Communications, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists at Michigan State University have focused on understanding more about the plant regions above the soil where these microbes can live, called the “phyllosphere.” Researchers classified core members of this community in two bioenergy cropping systems: switchgrass and miscanthus. In so […]

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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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Michigan State researchers believe algae and fungi could have colonized land together

Michigan State researchers believe algae and fungi could have colonized land together

July 25, 2019 |

In Michigan, new research from Michigan State University, and published in the journal eLife, presents evidence that algae could have piggybacked on fungi to leave the water and to colonize the land, over 500 million years ago. Researchers selected a strain of soil fungus and marine alga from old lineages, respectively Mortierella elongata and Nannochloropsis […]

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