Tag: microbes

Duke University researchers show how microbes share information

Duke University researchers show how microbes share information

September 6, 2022 |

In North Carolina, biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a microbial community phenomenon that essentially equates to teaching neighbors how to complete necessary tasks by ripping out and sharing parts of the brain. The process allows microbiomes to keep themselves and their environments healthy and could help scientists create robust, bespoke microbial systems for […]

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Agile BioFoundry announces $3M for 2022 Cooperative Research Solicitation

Agile BioFoundry announces $3M for 2022 Cooperative Research Solicitation

March 20, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Agile BioFoundry (ABF) consortium is overseeing a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) solicitation for industry and academic partners to utilize ABF capabilities. No less than $3M will be available for this call and they anticipate […]

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BIO-CAT Microbials invests $35M in fermentation facility

BIO-CAT Microbials invests $35M in fermentation facility

March 6, 2022 |

In Virginia, microbial solutions company, BIO-CAT Microbials, LLC, is investing $35 million to significantly expand its Troy, Virginia facility to include fermentation capabilities. The company will be breaking ground on an initial 53,800 square-foot expansion phase in March of 2022, with potential future expansion up to an additional 100,000 square feet. The expansion — anticipated […]

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Researchers answer burning questions on biochar

Researchers answer burning questions on biochar

February 6, 2022 |

In North Carolina, the Soil Science Society of America reports that Duke University researchers led a study to determine how biochar affected microbes like fungi, as well as trees. Biochar can be produced from many things like corn cobs, rice husks or pine wood and is created through pyrolysis, where the material is heated in […]

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Waste not, want not: New process turns manure into fatty acids

Waste not, want not: New process turns manure into fatty acids

December 26, 2021 |

In Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers demonstrated a new process for transforming a plentiful Wisconsin waste – the solid leftovers of cow manure – into fatty acids, energy-rich molecules that can be used to make biodiesel, green jet fuels, and a wide range of important chemicals. Civil and environmental engineering graduate student Abel T. Ingle, […]

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PNNL researchers designing microbe factories for sustainable chemicals

PNNL researchers designing microbe factories for sustainable chemicals

November 20, 2021 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have devised a way to engineer yeast to produce itaconic acid—a valuable commodity chemical—using data integration and supercomputing power as a guide, helping advance economically attractive replacements for fossil fuels. Itaconic acid has enormous potential as a renewable chemical building block. It could substitute for some fossil-fuel-derived products. […]

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Scientists use specialized microbes to convert pine needles into ethanol

Scientists use specialized microbes to convert pine needles into ethanol

September 26, 2021 |

In India, Tribune India reports that scientists at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry devised a method employing micro-organisms to break down pine needles into ethanol. Pine needles are often a source of forest fires in India causing huge losses every year. The scientists of the Department of Basic Sciences had been on […]

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NovoNutrients scaling up with project funding plus $9M in equity

NovoNutrients scaling up with project funding plus $9M in equity

August 1, 2021 |

In California, NovoNutrients, an alternative proteins company that uses industrial carbon dioxide emissions, cheap hydrogen and naturally occurring microbes to create high-grade proteins for human and animal consumption, announced a $4.7 million raise led by Hong Kong-based global venture firm, Happiness Capital. NovoNutrients previously raised $4.3 million in venture backing, as well as a multiple […]

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PNNL researchers study plant material that offers clues for making sustainable bioproducts

PNNL researchers study plant material that offers clues for making sustainable bioproducts

August 1, 2021 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers are forming a clearer picture of how plant matter is transformed in the microbial gardens the ants create. This detailed understanding of how fungus degrades biomass could one day help scientists develop microbial systems for sustainable bioproduct production, such as biofuels or renewable chemicals. In the latest of […]

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Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads boost, microbes, leather alternatives, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 15th

Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads boost, microbes, leather alternatives, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 15th

July 14, 2021 |

With the Olympics starting next week, we are hearing about biobased innovations taking place in this much anticipated and COVID-disrupted Olympic Games in Japan, like the 18,000 cardboard bedframes and polyethylene fiber mattresses that can be recycled infinitely. Bolt Threads also got a boost this week with Lululemon partnering up with them or mushroom-based yoga […]

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