Tag: UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara researchers get $2.25 million DOE grant to research cellulosomes

UC Santa Barbara researchers get $2.25 million DOE grant to research cellulosomes

September 11, 2019 |

In California, with a $2.25 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy, a research group at the University of California Santa Barbara, along with collaborators at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), are poised to advance the knowledge of and technology for advanced biofuels. “Cellulosomes are multi-protein complexes of enzymes that work together to […]

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UC Santa Barbara researcher says biofuels rarely have environmental benefits

UC Santa Barbara researcher says biofuels rarely have environmental benefits

February 4, 2019 |

In California, in efforts to curb our use of greenhouse gas-generating fossil fuels, plant-based biofuels are among the top contenders as alternative liquid energy sources for transportation. However, strategies to produce high yields of biomass for fuels are not a one-size-fits-all proposition, according to a study led by UC Santa Barbara professor of ecology David […]

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UC Santa Barbara gets $2.1 million ARPA-E grant to research macro-algae

UC Santa Barbara gets $2.1 million ARPA-E grant to research macro-algae

September 20, 2017 |

In California, prolific growth makes giant kelp an excellent candidate to replace corn as a biofuel. While this species naturally grows close to shore, it easily could be farmed in deeper waters. This is the focus of a new project called Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER), which seeks to develop offshore kelp farms […]

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UC Santa Barbara researchers lead the way on identifying fungi that can boost cellulosic ethanol efficiency

UC Santa Barbara researchers lead the way on identifying fungi that can boost cellulosic ethanol efficiency

May 31, 2017 |

In California, bioenergy researchers are looking to nature and the estimated 1.5 million species of fungi that, collectively, can break down almost any substance on earth, including plant biomass. As reported May 26, 2017 in Nature Microbiology, a team led by researchers at the University of California (UC), Santa Barbara has found for the first […]

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