Tag: University of Illinois

University of Illinois researchers look to speed up Miscanthus’ breeding process

University of Illinois researchers look to speed up Miscanthus’ breeding process

July 29, 2020 |

In Illinois, in a new study, University of Illinois researchers mine the Miscanthus’ vast genomic potential in an effort to speed up the breeding process and maximize its most desirable traits. In conventional breeding, one typical approach is for researchers to grow individuals from a diverse set of populations and select those with the best […]

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University of Illinois says ethanol industry will be decimated by COVID-19

University of Illinois says ethanol industry will be decimated by COVID-19

April 28, 2020 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois says recent ethanol plant closures and production slowdowns open up the possibility of demand destruction in corn used for ethanol beyond current projections. Some of the latest predictions saw very dire consequences with upwards of one billion gallons of lost ethanol production in 2020. The worst-case scenarios, like most […]

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$3.3M DOE Project will Measure Bioenergy Crop Carbon Emissions

$3.3M DOE Project will Measure Bioenergy Crop Carbon Emissions

January 26, 2020 |

In Illinois, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $3.3 million grant to a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a precise system for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from commercial bioenergy crops grown in central Illinois. The three-year project through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is […]

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University of Illinois economist expects China to buy at least 100 million gallons of ethanol

University of Illinois economist expects China to buy at least 100 million gallons of ethanol

January 15, 2020 |

In Illinois, Brownfield Ag News reports that a University of Illinois economist expects China to buy at least 100 million gallons of ethanol from the US after the signing of the phase one trade deal between the two countries despite China’s decision to pull back from E10 in 2020. China used to buy as much […]

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University of Illinois researchers develop system to help with complicated genome work

University of Illinois researchers develop system to help with complicated genome work

December 19, 2019 |

In Illinois, genomic research has unlocked the capability to edit the genomes of living cells; yet so far, the effects of such changes must be examined in isolation. In contrast, the complex traits that are of interest in both fundamental and applied research, such as those related to microbial biofuel production, involve many genes acting […]

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University of Illinois researchers find fractionation can boost profits at ethanol plants

University of Illinois researchers find fractionation can boost profits at ethanol plants

November 4, 2019 |

In Illinois, ethanol plants typically use dry grind processing methods; however, implementing fractionation techniques that separate corn components prior to fermentation can improve profitability, a University of Illinois study shows. The researchers found that wet fractionation techniques designed for separating germ (containing maximum oil) and pericarp (the outer layer of the corn seed, containing mostly […]

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University of Illinois expects hard 2019/20 ethanol year

University of Illinois expects hard 2019/20 ethanol year

October 3, 2019 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois says poor ethanol plant margins, plants idling production, and continued haggling over small refinery exemptions provide the background for ethanol production moving into the 2019-20 marketing year. Corn use for ethanol production during the 2019-20 marketing looks set to recover slightly from the weak levels seen during the 2018-19 […]

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University of Illinois researchers develop way of using glycerol to reduce energy consumption of waste-based biofuel production

University of Illinois researchers develop way of using glycerol to reduce energy consumption of waste-based biofuel production

April 24, 2019 |

In Illinois, University of Illinois chemical engineers have assessed the technical and economic feasibility of a new electrolysis technology that uses a cheap biofuel byproduct to reduce the energy consumption of the waste-to-value process by 53 percent. The new findings are published in the journal Nature Energy. The new study proposes glycerol—an organic byproduct of […]

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gets $5 million grant to model crops

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gets $5 million grant to model crops

March 20, 2019 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Crops in silico (Cis) project has received a $5 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to continue building a computational platform that integrates multiple models to study a whole plant virtually. Developing crops using traditional methods is research, labor and cost intensive. However, Cisallows researchers […]

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University of Illinois researchers look at how to grow Miscanthus in cold climes

University of Illinois researchers look at how to grow Miscanthus in cold climes

January 31, 2019 |

In Illinois, for farmers, Miscanthus represents a big up-front investment. The large perennial grass must be established from vegetative pieces at great cost to farmers, but it promises a decade or more of massive biomass yields, starting in year two or three. If a cold winter happens to strike in the first year, however, all […]

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