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The Lowest-Cost, Cleanest Octane Boost for Boats
June 27, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. has 12 million recreational boaters, and Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, wants to make sure they know about ethanol’s benefits …

Syngenta and Growth Energy Partner to Promote E15 Fuel at American Ethanol E15 250 Race
June 26, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/AgriMarketing)  Syngenta and Growth Energy are once again working with Iowa Speedway to demonstrate the value of E15 at the NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen. The race, which will be …

Things to Do with Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Chemicals and Hydrogen
June 26, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds …

New Approach to Unlock the Genetic Potential of Plant Cell Wall
June 23, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of York)  Researchers from the University of York and the Quadram Institute have unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which could help improve the quality of plant-based foods.

Recent developments in genome sequencing …

“Packers” Yeast, Newly Identified by a UW–Madison Undergrad, Uncovers a Decades-Old Mistake in the Yeast Family Tree
June 23, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Chris Barncard (University of Wisconsin-Madison)   When Max Haase set out for a walk in Green Bay’s Baird Creek Nature Preserve on a May day in 2015, it was pretty normal stuff. Baird Creek was …

Can’t Get No (Liquefaction): The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels
June 23, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lysle Whitmer on behalf of an Iowa State-led group of researchers gave this illuminating overview of Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions. …

New London-Spicer High School Visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company
June 23, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirteen students from New London-Spicer High School visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about ethanol production.

“We were pleased to welcome New London-Spicer High School to our facility …

Stanford Discovery Could Lead to Sustainable Source of the Fuel Additive Ethanol
June 21, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mark Schwartz (Stanford News)  Most of the fuel additive ethanol used in the U.S. is made from corn. But new research reveals that copper can turn carbon dioxide into ethanol without using corn or …

Chemical Engineering Student Recognized by American Association of University Women
June 21, 2017 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(University of Arkansas)  Humeyra Ulusoy-Erol, a doctoral student in chemical engineering, has been selected to receive an AAUW International Doctoral Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Founded in 1881, AAUW is one of …

Corn Better Used as Food than Biofuel, Study Finds
June 21, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether …

Algaemagic: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the MAGIC Marine Algae Consortium Project
June 21, 2017 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Huntley and Zackary Johnson gave this illuminating overview of the MAGIC Marine Algae consortium project at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

ARC Awards $1.5 Million to Support Biorefinery Center at ASC
June 19, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Appalachian Regional Commission recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to New York-based Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center project, which aims to help …

Ethanol By-Product Can Be Used as Dietary Supplement for Cattle
June 15, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The new research found that as the seasons progress, cattle find it increasingly difficult to digest a type of Bermuda grass – Tifton 85. However, the scientists also found that by supplementing the …

First Kelp Crop Harvested in Cornell Pilot Program
June 15, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Nicole Smith (Riverhead News-Review)  Early Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski climbed aboard a barge and headed into the Peconic Bay. Their mission: to harvest sugar kelp, …

Cornell Engineers Transform Food Waste into Green Energy
June 14, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Blaine Friedlander (Cornell University)  In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new …

Teachers and Parents: Are You Teaching Climate Change?
June 14, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Amy Harmon (The New York Times)  Last week I wrote about a teacher, James Sutter, who is teaching the basics of climate change — the planet is warming and humans are primarily responsible — …

U of Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Pilot Promises to Turn Scum into pProfit
June 13, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  For University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers, scum is a word packed with profitable promise. College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) professor and Center for Biorefining director R. Roger Ruan …

U of Minnesota Helps Startup Resynergi Create Energy from Plastic Waste and Biomass
June 13, 2017 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  California waste recovery company Resynergi Inc. is drawing on University of Minnesota expertise and technology to develop and commercially manufacture a biorefining technology that converts both plastic and biomass into oil and …

Fuels from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Soletair Technology
June 13, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable fuels and chemicals and …

Fuels from Thin Air: Drop-In Liquid Fuels from Sky CO2, Water and Solar Power
June 13, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the latest news, the Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable …

360º NREL Algae Lab Tour
June 12, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Explore the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s algae lab as researcher Nick Sweeney takes you on a 360-degree tour of the algal biofuels research facility. Discover how NREL is growing algae to learn …

Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals — DEADLINE: September 28, 2017
June 12, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(NineSigma/National Corn Growers Association) Field corn production makes incredible contributions to human nutrition as a primary source of feed for cattle, hogs and poultry; to cleaner air and reduced greenhouse gases as the source of ethanol …

Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators Annual Conference: Climate Change and Agriculture — June 25-29, 2017 — Appleton, WI
June 6, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment
Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators Annual Conference: Climate Change and Agriculture   —   June 25-29, 2017   —   Appleton, WI

WAAE (Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators) is a professional organization made up of middle school, high school and post-secondary agriculture teachers. WAAE isdedicated to agricultural educators in developing knowledge and sharpening skills about the ever-evolving …

Pools and Fluxes: Modeling the Carbon Cycle
June 6, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  We see that most students are not able to explain how biofuels vs fossil fuels influence atmospheric CO2, but these modeling activities can help build the systems thinking skills to …

CLEAN Collection Now Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards
June 6, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  There are multiple ways you can search this robust collection of classroom resources using NGSS:

NGSS browse – a user-friendly search portal into the collection
NGSS at a Glance – overview of all …

Understanding Why Cellulose Resists Degradation Could Lead to Cost-Effective Biofuels
June 6, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  A major bottleneck hindering cost-effective production of biofuels and many valuable chemicals is the difficulty of breaking down cellulose—an important structural component of plant cell walls. A recent study addressed this …

How Will We Move the Planet Forward? It’s time to make your voice heard; submit your essay to the Editor
June 5, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Frank Sesno (Planet Forward)  President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Fundamentally, this decision reflects the belief that climate change is neither a serious problem nor human induced.

What’s next …

Study Evaluates Camelina’s Varied Response to Location
June 5, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(American Society of Agronomy/Biomass Magazine)  A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains.

The end …

Pioneering Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Hangs On, Barely
June 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (High Plains Public Radio)  A leading research center focused on local farmers and environmental conservation is hanging on by a thread, even as the movement to diversify agriculture, which it helped launch, …

Virent Moves Biofuels Closer to Market as New CEO Takes Over
June 5, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Judy Newman (Wisconsin State Journal)  If Madison-based Virent‘s biofuels are going to fill the tanks of cars and airplanes, it will be up to Stacey Orlandi to drive the company there.

Orlandi, 45, took over …

Sustaining Opportunities
June 2, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry provides young people with wealth of job opportunities.   —  Nineteen-year-old Marcus Niehaus sees a future in the ethanol industry. The Southeastern Illinois College student said …

Concept for Turning Corn Chip Oil into Biodiesel Fuel Earns Appalachian Students Second Place in International Food Solutions Challenge
June 2, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Appalachian State University) What has 18 wheels and runs on corn chips? Thanks to a food solution from two Appalachian State University students, a chip producer’s transportation fleet well could.

Senior chemistry major and sustainable business minor …

Algae Industry Magazine Announces 2017 Readers Poll Winners
June 2, 2017 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae Industry Magazine announced winners in its 2017 Readers Poll in the following categories: Algae Ambassador; Save Our World Application; Political Event or Action that Impacted Our Industry; Culinary Innovation, Chef, Recipe …

Entrepreneur Scoops Old Mutual Funding to Develop Biofuel Enterprise
June 2, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(BizCommunity)  At an event held on 27 May 2017, Old Mutual Foundation, in partnership with Red Bull, announced Thabang Mabapa as the winner of their “business pitch challenge”

A combined judging panel from Old Mutual and …

McLean AAUW Honors Student for STEM Research
June 2, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(Inside NOVA)  The McLean Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded Rose Rasty, a junior at George C. Marshall High School, the 2017 STEM Excellence Award at the AAUW Branch Annual …

IIT-Kharagpur Develops Technology to Make Pollution-Free Biofuel
June 1, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Business Insider) … The ‘soil-to-soil’ manufacturing technology developed at the P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy at IIT – Kharagpur is in the process of being patented.

Researchers say bioethanol can be produced from various naturally available …

Worthington High School Visits Heron Lake BioEnergy
June 1, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bi0-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Worthington High School visited Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 30 to learn about ethanol production.

The students, all 12th graders, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at …

UW–Madison Partners with Bonduel School District on Innovative Science Education
May 31, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Leslie Shown (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  If science classes at Bonduel Middle School had a rallying cry it would be, “Don’t expect to find the answers in the book!” And Lisa Sorlie, enthusiastic advocate …

Scholarships Available for Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2017 — St. Paul, MN
May 31, 2017 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

We are excited to be able to offer scholarships to attend Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 26-29, 2017. We are able to offer …

PLV Alum Awarded Fulbright for Plant Research
May 31, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Rachel George (Papillion Times)  … Jason Thomas, currently a doctoral student of plant biological sciences at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, will join a research group at the Plant Reproduction and Development laboratory at …

Wisconsin Energy Institute’s (WEI) Energy Institute for Educators — July 19-21, 2017 — Madison, WI
May 31, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment
Wisconsin Energy Institute’s (WEI) Energy Institute for Educators   —   July 19-21, 2017   —   Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Energy Institute’s (WEI) Energy Institute for Educators provides the opportunity for educators to engage with cutting-edge energy research at UW–Madison, and gain practical tools and materials for teaching students fundamentals of energy and …

Natural Alternatives to Rubber: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Novel, US-Based Rubber-Producing Crops
May 31, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US can support rubber/energy crops the size of corn or soybean with hundreds of thousands of new jobs, says Katrina Cornish of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, …

Science Coaches: The Application for the 2017-18 School Year Is Now Open
May 30, 2017 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  Science Coaches is a joint American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in students across the United States. The program …

Fungi the Key to Efficient Biomass Breakdown and Cheap Biofuels?
May 30, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   …   A team from the University of California, Santa Barbara are focusing their research on the estimated 1.5 million species of fungi on earth which can collectively break down almost any substance.

In …

Triple Play Boosting Value of Renewable Fuel Could Tip Market in Favor of Biomass
May 30, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (University of Wisconsin-Madison News)   Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with …

The 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winner Is… “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae”!
May 26, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the winner of the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge on May 4 during a special awards ceremony. The winning infographic, titled “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae,” was created …

Research Focuses on Reclaiming Strip-Mine Sites for Biofuel Crop Production
May 26, 2017 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Amy Duke (Pennsylvania State University) Strip mines are so common in rural Pennsylvania that many people are unfazed by the sight of rock-filled piles of dirt and tracts of barren land.

Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn …

Discovery of an Alga’s ‘Dictionary of Genes’ Could Lead to Advances in Biofuels, Medicine
May 25, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Stuart Wolpert (University of California Los Angeles)  Researchers from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco map the genome of C. zofingiensis  —  Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San …

U.S. Researchers Find Better Way to Split Hydrogen from Water
May 25, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(CleanTech Canada)  In a discovery that could help jump-start the hydrogen economy, a team of physicists at the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can divide water using low-cost materials  —  Hydrogen gas …

RFA Launching ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest to Report Prices
May 24, 2017 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Reporting prices for higher ethanol blends this summer could win you $50 in free fuel per day. Beginning on Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer” …

How Gold Can Recycle Biofuel Waste into Useful Additive
May 23, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Tomsk Polytechnic University)  Gold nanoparticles serve as catalysts for obtaining valuable chemical products based on glycerol. Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and their international colleagues are developing gold catalysts to recycle one of the main …

Second-Generation Biofuels Show Environmental Sustainability Benefits
May 22, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Pittsburg/R&D Magazine)  Numerous studies have raised critical concerns about the promise of corn ethanol’s ability to mitigate climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the studies have suggested that after …

SFU, KPU Researchers team up on solutions for clean food and water
May 19, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Simon Fraser University )  Researchers at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are teaming up to develop sustainable clean-tech solutions that will provide potable water and clean food globally, in areas challenged by climate …

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and ABA Books Release New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation
May 19, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the publication of New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation, released today by the American Bar Association …

STEM In Schools Reach New Level with DNA Sequencing Brought to 7th Graders
May 18, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Helena Kennedy (Nuu Digest) In New York, 12 and 13 year olds get to try their hand at DNA sequencing during science class for the first time thanks to startup PlayDNA. PlayDNA is working with …

NREL Research Takes Off For International Space Station
May 18, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Wayne Hicks (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Experiments bear repeating, especially when they explode on their way to the International Space Station.

Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield …

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs
May 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today)  Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars.

“We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how …

New Capabilities for Genome-Wide Engineering of Yeast
May 17, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Claudia Lutz (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois)  New approach combines synthetic biology, genome editing tools, and automation to quickly and effectively produce novel yeast strains

One of humankind’s oldest industrial partners is yeast, a familiar …

Latin American Oil Palm Mostly Replaces Pasture
May 17, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(IOP Environmental Research Web)  Oil-palm plantations in Latin America are mostly replacing cattle pasture and other previously intervened lands rather than forests, a study by scientists in Puerto Rico has found.

The research – which also …

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is …

Central High School Tours Heartland Corn Products
May 11, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-six students from Central High School in Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products today to learn more about renewable energy production.

The students, from grades nine to 12, toured the various processes …

BPA: Study Demonstrates Emissions Benefits of Forest Residue Use
May 10, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Biomass Power Association has released the results of a study demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits can be achieved by using forest residue-based biomass instead of natural gas in power generation …

New Breakthrough Makes It Easier to Turn Old Coffee Waste into Cleaner Biofuels
May 10, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Lancaster University)  … However, spent coffee grounds, which have a high calorific value, offer a good low-cost alternative feedstock. However, most used coffee grounds are currently just dumped. In 2014 more than nine million tonnes …

Concept for Turning Corn Chip Oil into Biodiesel Fuel Earns Appalachian Students Second Place in International Food Solutions Challenge
May 10, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Haley Childers (Appalachian State University News)  What has 18 wheels and runs on corn chips? Thanks to a food solution from two Appalachian State University students, a chip producer’s transportation fleet well could.

Senior chemistry major …

ATEC Passes First Semester
May 10, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC), a collaboration among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Algae Foundation, universities, community colleges, and industry production companies across the United States, has successfully implemented the first …

New Strategy to Enhance the Efficiency of Cereal Straw for Biofuel Production
May 9, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Hong Kong)  Straw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the “Three Canton Treasures”, straw can actually be used as a raw material to produce biofuel.

With an increasing …

Process Safety and Process Safety Management Boot Camp — July 11-14, 2017 — Kearney, NE
May 9, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment
Process Safety and Process Safety Management Boot Camp   —   July 11-14, 2017   —   Kearney, NE

This four-day boot camp will provide employees with a deeper understanding of Process Safety and Process Safety Management that goes beyond personal worker safety. Process Safety Management is intended to prevent severe damage to equipment …

KLM and Delft University Join Hands for Sustainable Civil Aviation
May 9, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by André Orban (Luchtzak.be)  Over the coming two years, staff at the Delft University of Technology will take flights using biofuel. On Tuesday, the university signed an agreement to participate in KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme. KLM …

Scientists Make Genetically Engineered Algae That Can Thrive Outdoors
May 5, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Marlene Cimons (Nexus Media)  Look out for souped-up algae that can be made into food, fuel and pharmaceuticals.  — … Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energyhave successfully grown a genetically engineered …

Why a Hong Kong Plant Scientist with a Biofuel Research Breakthrough Has to Leave for Greener Pastures
May 5, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Viola Zhou (South China Morning Post)  Lydia Lam Pui-ying will further her study at Kyoto University in Japan  —
Hong Kong and Japanese scientists have discovered a new way to make biofuel from rice straw, …

Researchers Find More Efficient Way to Make Oil from Dead Trees
May 4, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Washington/Biomass Magazine)  The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn …

Biodiesel Helps UConn Gain Green Rating at All 8 Dining Halls
May 3, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Reitz (UConn Communications/Biodiesel Magazine)  UConn has become one of a select few public universities in the U.S. to achieve green certification for every dining hall on campus, based on practices used at each …

Turning Chicken Poop and Weeds into Biofuel
May 3, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!)  Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop …

Bacteria Take a Deadly Risk to Survive
May 3, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by ​Ilse Frederickx. Translated by Katrien Bollen (KU Leuven)  Bacteria need mutations or changes in their DNA code to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in …

With Waste Sugar, Scientists Produce Fuel for Cars
May 3, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(La Journada (Google Translation)) In order to exploit waste from the confectionery industry and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, which in their production and use are polluting, a group of scientists belonging to the Autonomous …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2017 — St. Paul, MN
May 3, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment
Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —    June 26-28, 2017   —    St. Paul, MN

Participants will have the opportunity to:

Hear from leading experts from the University of Minnesota on their research and experience on climate science and climate change solutions
Engage with hands on activities that help bring …

For Ten Years Climate Generation Has Been Building the Climate Literacy and Confidence of Educators through Professional Development Opportunities.
May 2, 2017 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation) Build your comfort, confidence and competence to bring climate change into your educational setting with our virtual and in-person training opportunities!

For ten years Climate Generation has been building the climate literacy and confidence …

Climate Generation Offers a Suite of Grades 3-12 Curriculum Resources in the form of Curriculum Guides, as Well as Online Modules that Can Be Downloaded for Free.
May 2, 2017 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  Aligned with Minnesota state science, social studies and language arts standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and the climate and energy literacy principles, the curricula has been reviewed by scientists, professional educators, and …

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States
May 2, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass …

Fast, Low Energy, and Continuous Biofuel Extraction from Microalgae
May 1, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Kumamoto University)  … Recently, efforts have been made by researchers in Japan to reduce the cost of biodiesel production by using pulsed electric fields (PEF) to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. A milli- or microsecond PEF is …

Genome Sequence of Fuel-Producing Alga Announced
April 28, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven …

Explore Bioeconomy Careers with the Interactive Bioenergy Career Map Published by the U.S. Department of Energy
April 28, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Are you looking to understand how you fit within the changing bioenergy landscape or how to jumpstart your career in bioeconomy? Check out the Bioenergy Career Map—an interactive, educational tool that …

Bioenergy Internship & Fellowship Opportunities
April 28, 2017 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) regularly engages interns and fellows in the sciences, engineering, and liberal arts through a variety of internship and fellowship programs, including …

Energy Department Publishes Educational Resources: Bioenergy in the Classroom including Coloring Book
April 28, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Department of Energy’s Education and Workforce Development resources include:

CLASSROOM RESOURCES

Lesson Plans
Search through the Education Toolbox to find lesson plans and lab activities for use in your classroom. Filter by subject, …

Minneota High School Visits ADM Corn Processing
April 28, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-one students from Minneota High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant here on April 19 to learn more on how Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced.

The students, from grades nine to …

Corn with a Cover of Grass: Finding Best Combination for Biofuel Corn, Soil Protection
April 28, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Taking up this double-edged sword is Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. She’s finding a way to lessen the harm and increase the benefits of removing maize stover.

“While water and wind …

Dartmouth Energy Plan Could Bring Changes to Power Plant in Center of Hanover
April 28, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Rob Wolfe (Valley News)  …   The current plant, which features a 175-foot brick smokestack, is located to the east of the Hood Museum of Art and burns roughly 3.5 million gallons of fuel oil …

A New Way to Detect Polluting Raw Vegetable Oil in Biodiesel Blends
April 26, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Brazil have developed a new method for verifying the purity and quality of biodiesel. The pioneering new technique uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, according to spectroscopynow.com.

Biodiesel and biodiesel blended fuels …

Making Oil from Algae: Towards More Efficient Biofuels
April 26, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Kobe University)  The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has now been revealed by a research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels, they say. The findings were published on April …

South Dakota State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Projects Use Cutting-Edge Science to Feed and Fuel the Future
April 25, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(Farm Forum)  … Through Senior Capstone Design projects, the senior engineering students partner with innovators in the ag industry using the latest technology. The experience provides an opportunity to work on projects that will impact agriculture …

RFA Earns 5th TRANSCAER Award for Ethanol Safety Seminars
April 25, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has received the TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for the fifth year in a row in recognition for a series of seminars last year on ethanol safety …

Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18 Application DEADLINE: June 2, 2017
April 25, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(George Washington University)  Lead the conversation by joining the Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18! Correspondents work closely with the Planet Forward team to highlight compelling characters and innovative ideas. Pieces are featured on PlanetForward.org and …

Optimizing Cyanobacteria for Biofuel Production
April 25, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria have attracted significant attention as potential biocatalysts for production of clean energy and green chemicals from sunlight and atmospheric CO2. A recent study investigated effects of altering large cellular complexes called phycobilisomes, which …

Biofuels, Livestock Benefit from Termite Research
April 25, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News)  A University of Wisconsin professor says his termite research might help the biofuels, livestock, and paper industries improve lignin processing.

Researcher Cameron Currie says breaking down the woody substrate in …

Ice Plant to Help Fight Global Warming Effects on Bioenergy Crops
April 25, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(University of Nevada, Reno/EurekAlert!) … Biochemist and molecular biologist John Cushman at the University of Nevada, Reno will create a gene atlas for the common ice plant that will help find ways to allow bioenergy …

COSIA NRG Carbon XPRIZE: Tech Innovators Stalk a Stealthy WMD
April 25, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Among the climate warriors fighting CO2 build-up, perhaps the most ambitious are those who are seeking to use CO2 to make industrial materials, fuels or chemicals — displacing the need …

Biodiesel Sunflower Power Hits a Speed Bump
April 24, 2017 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Brian Perry (Maui News)  Photogenic crop attracts more attention than area can safely handle  —  “No Trespassing” signs have been posted around Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ experimental crop of sunflowers on 14 acres near the …

Children Helping UAE Biofuels Industry
April 24, 2017 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   Children in the UAE have been recycling cooking oil to make biofuels as part of a new initiative.

The programme was set up by the Blue waste management company in Dubai, and involves pupils …

National Black Farmers Association Scholarships Application DEADLINE: April 28, 2017
April 20, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(National Black Farmers Association)  Scholarship Program With the National Black Farmers Association Supports African American Farmers  —  FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist African American farmers, their dependent children …

Potential Biofuel Feedstocks and Production in Zambia
April 19, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Paul C. Samboko, Mitelo Subakanya, Cliff Dlamini  (United Nations University-WIDER)  The need for energy security and climate change mitigation have increased blending mandates worldwide; in Southern Africa, demand for biofuels could increase following South Africa’s planned …

5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo — April 7-8, 2018 — Washington, DC
April 14, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment
5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo   —   April 7-8, 2018   —   Washington, DC

Our mission is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, and educational Festival in the world.

The USA …

St Paul Drivers Win With E15
April 14, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today (April 13, 2017) to reward drivers who fueled up with E15 (Unleaded Plus) during an hour-long promotion at Highland Service Minnoco.

During …

Research Focus: Improving the Conversion Process for Sorghum Bagasse Biomass
April 14, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Abdul-Sattar Nizami (King Abdulaziz University, Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies (CEES)) (RenewableEnergyFocus.com)  The conservation of biomass is essential for ensuring a continuous and quality supply of feedstock for biofuel facilities around the year. …

Applications Being Accepted: Ph.D. Program in Bioenergy by the Three State Universities in São Paulo (USP, UNICAMP and UNESP) DEADLINE: May 31, 2017
April 13, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(USP, UNICAMP and UNESP) Applications for the Ph.D. program in Bioenergy, jointly offered by the three state universities in São Paulo  (USP, UNICAMP and UNESP), will be open from April 7 to May 31, 2017, for candidates starting …

ICGEB Scientists Identify Key Enzyme for Biofuel Production in Fungal Gene
April 13, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Biospectrum)  The new fungal source Penicillium funiculosum could be a strong alternative in the industrial enzyme repertoire for biofuel production  —  Scientists at New Delhi-based International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) have peered …

Algal Residue — An Alternative Carbon Resource
April 13, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Many microalgae strains have received attention in biomass production due to their high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in …

St Peter High School Visits Guardian Energy
April 12, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-two high school students toured Guardian Energy’s ethanol plant today to get a closer look at how renewable energy is produced.

The students, from St Peter High School, toured the various processes of ethanol …

Global Survival at a Crossroads
April 12, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Larry R. Knight* (Reciclaje Pura Vida for Advanced Biofuels USA) There are those who would argue that global warming is not occurring.  While the evidence suggests otherwise, it would be political and intellectual suicide to …

Blue Sky Science: Could the Biofuel Cycle Be Made More Efficient?
April 11, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Journal/Morgridge Institute for Research) Q: Could the biofuel cycle be made more efficient?   — Nikita Agrawal, 11, Skinner West Elementary, Chicago

A: The production of biofuels starts by growing plants out in a field …

Renewable Plastic Precursor Could Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Industry
April 11, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A team of chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has found a way to produce from biomass a valuable compound used in plastic production that they …

Bio-Diesel Pumping out Safe Energy
April 7, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(Sunday World)  From the remotest part of South Africa, in the town of Kuruman, Northern Cape, Kealeboga Hoti and her business team are producing environment friendly carbon-free biofuel.  —  Hoti, a biochemist, is the co-founder …

The Whole-Soil Carbon Flux in Response to Warming
April 6, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin E. Hicks Pries, C. Castanha, R. C. Porras, M. S. Torn (Science Magazine) Soils contain about twice as much carbon as Earth’s atmosphere, so their response to warming is crucial to understanding carbon fluxes in a changing …

UC San Diego Extension’s Microbial Fermentation Workshop — August 16-18, 2017 — San Diego, CA
April 6, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment
UC San Diego Extension’s Microbial Fermentation Workshop   —   August 16-18, 2017   —   San Diego, CA

Developed in partnership with UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, this 3-day workshop is designed to provide a deep dive into bioreactor principles and bioprocess development. You will be equipped with the fundamental knowledge …

Scientists Engineer Sugarcane to Produce Biodiesel
April 5, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Laboratory Equipment)  A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the …

Textbook: Biofuels and Bioenergy
April 3, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

edited by John Love and John A.  Bryant (Wiley-Blackwell)  With increased public and scientific attention driven by factors such as oil price spikes, the need for increased energy security, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions …

Advanced Biofuels Course–Special Edition — Online until June 30, 2017
March 31, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment
Advanced Biofuels Course–Special Edition   —  Online until June 30, 2017

BioFuelNet Canada, a national research network hosted by McGill University, is offering an online certificate course on advanced biofuels. This is a special edition for engineers who would like to complete their mandated training. Anyone …

BAA Rejects Productivity Commission Claims
March 30, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Association of Australia) The Biofuels Association of Australia strongly rejects claims by the Federal Productivity Commission that the industry fails to support the agriculture sector or the community.

The NSW and Queensland Governments have not forced …

US Coachways Celebrates $15,000 in Donations to NBF
March 30, 2017 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Foundation)  US Coachways Challenges Companies to Support Biodiesel Research and Education with donations to the National Biodiesel Foundation  —  US Coachways is a leading transportation company supporting sustainability and cleaner air and is …

International Intensive Biogas Training — June 20-22, 2017 — Dundee, Scotland
March 29, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment
International Intensive Biogas Training   —   June 20-22, 2017   —   Dundee, Scotland

For the second time the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the International Biogas and Bioenergy Center of Competence (IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas) are delighted to welcome you for a 3-day long (June 19-21, 2017) in-depth Biogas …

International Biogas Study Tour in Germany — May 2-5, 2017 — Stuttgart, Germany
March 29, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment
International Biogas Study Tour in Germany   —   May 2-5, 2017   —   Stuttgart, Germany

International Biogas Study Tour in Germany with focus on various AD-plant concepts —  IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas offers a 4-day study tour starting in Stuttgart and ending in Stuttgart. This tour will lead you to several …

International Biogas Operating and Engineering Course — April 24-28, 2017 — Stuttgart, Germany
March 29, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment
International Biogas Operating and Engineering Course —   April 24-28, 2017   —  Stuttgart, Germany

This 5-day intensive biogas training is designed to provide plant operators, decision makers and investors with profound specific operating and engineering knowledge. The anaerobic digestion course is conducted in English.
The registration brochure is now available.
Improved …

Bioenergy Institute for Educators (BIE) — June 26-30, 2017 — Madison, WI DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
March 28, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy Institute for Educators (BIE)   —   June 26-30, 2017   —   Madison, WI   DEADLINE:  May 1, 2017

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Bioenergy is an exciting area of research and development and can provide excellent opportunities for engaging students. Join us for an intensive 5-day program to learn about the latest developments …

Aachen Team Develops Framework for Model-Based Formulation of Biofuel Blends with Tailored Properties
March 28, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)   A team at RWTH Aachen University has developed a framework for the model-based formulation of biofuel blends with tailored properties by considering the fuel’s molecular composition as the fundamental design degree of …

Travel Grants for Students to Attend October 29-November 1, 2017 Algae Biomass Summit
March 27, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Foundation has announced that it is offering $500 travel grants for students to attend the 11th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from October 29 through …

Researchers Find New Way to Typify Cellulose, Advance Bioproducts
March 24, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways …

Glencoe Silver Lake Students Tour Heartland Corn Products
March 24, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota BioFuels Association)  Eight students from Glencoe Silver Lake High School toured Heartland Corn Products today to understand how clean renewable Minnesota energy is produced.

The students, from grades 10 to 12, toured the various process …

RFA Trains 200th Ethanol Industry Employee on FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Requirements
March 24, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  This month the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) hit a major milestone with its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training program on Preventive Controls for Animal Food. During the latest course, …

Mustard Seeds without Mustard Flavor: New Robust Oilseed Crop Can Resist Global Warming
March 23, 2017 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(University of Copenhagen)  University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed rape. The breakthrough is …

DC’s Climate Change: Renewables Adapting to Shifting Political Weather
March 23, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Over at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, new lab director Martin Keller told the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association that “renewable energy needs a new story to tell.” The Denver …

Exploring The Symbiotic Relationship of Lichens Could Make For Better Biofuel Production
March 22, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Researchers at John Hopkins University, USA, have created artificial lichens using bacteria and yeast that are capable of producing materials for biofuels directly from sunlight and CO2.

The research is published in the open …

New Study Sets the Stage for Engineering Fungi to Make Fuels instead of Toxins
March 22, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Molds produce a wide range of both valuable and toxic molecules, which have important implications for energy production, agriculture and human health. A recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the …

Bioenergy Gets Graphic with New Illustrated Guide to the Subject
March 22, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Manchester)  A new graphic novel which addresses the big questions around bioenergy and climate change is being launched by The University of Manchester ahead of a major conference this week.

In a unique collaboration …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and STUDENT POSTERS: tcbiomass2017 — September 19-21, 2017 — Chicago, IL DEADLINE: April 15, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 5:22 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS and STUDENT POSTERS:  tcbiomass2017   —   September 19-21, 2017   —   Chicago, IL    DEADLINE:  April 15, 2017

Researchers and technology developers are invited to share their process innovations and insights to enable the production of clean heat and power, transportation fuels, chemicals, biochar, and other high-value products. Undergraduate and graduate students whose …

Education Internships at Idaho National Laboratory
March 14, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(Idaho National Laboratory)  As a Department of Energy facility, INL offers a diverse number of paid internship positions to high school, undergraduate and graduate level students. These internship opportunities enable students to collaborate with experienced …

Education: NEWBio Teacher Training Workshop DEADLINE:
March 14, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  Spend a week (July 10-14, 2017) at University Park (Penn State) learning about current bioenergy research from nationally recognized faculty.  Renewable Energy alternatives are vital for the health of our planet, and the NEWBio …

Education: Bioenergy Scholars Program DEADLINE: March 17, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  The Bioenergy Scholars Program offers summer research work to undergraduates, who can apply to work at one of several universities in the Northeast US (including Penn State, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, SUNY ESF, …

Education: Graduate Program Bioenergy Scholarships–Graduate Distance Education DEADLINE: March 20, 2017
March 14, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(NEWBio)  The NEWBio graduate distance education program provides scholarship support to students wanting to enroll for one of the following online courses from Penn State World Campus:

Bioenergy
Bioenergy Feedstocks
Bioenergy Harvest and Logistics
Conversion …

Bank in Tie-Up with UPM to Buy Used Cooking Oil from Public
March 14, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by  Syiffaa’ Musa  (The Star) … Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and CIMB Foundation are collaborating to educate the public through a BioDiesel From Used Cooking Oil Programme.

The project encourages the public to drop off their used …

The Justice League of Pyromaniax
March 14, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The High Lords of Pyrolysis travel under the unlikely cover identities of “George Huber” and “Robert Brown” — but we know them in their true superhero identities of “The Catalyst” …

Extra! Extra! Read All about It!
March 14, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Mandy Stoker (E4 Environment/Bioenergy Insight)  …  The agricultural industry is becoming increasingly mechanised and technical, yet is seems public perceptions lag behind, preferring not to view farms as centres of production, algorithms, and computer-driven …

Viable Biomass for Hawaii
March 13, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Gretchen Miller (Biofuels Digest)  …  Meghan Pawlowksi, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture, crawled around her field site on the last sugarcane plantation in Hawaii, Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial …

Five New Artificial Yeast Chromosomes Set Stage for First Synthetic Eukaryotic Genome
March 13, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(American Association for the Advancement of Science/EurekAlert!) In a package featuring seven new studies, scientists of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project (Sc2.0) who previously constructed a single yeast chromosome now report constructing five more – representing …

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists DEADLINE: July 15, 2017
March 13, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Science Magazine)  This Prize was created to recognize that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community and we need to encourage our best and brightest to continue in their chosen fields of …

Biofuel Produced by Microalgae
March 8, 2017 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Tokyo Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!) The perimeter of lipid droplet in their cells is an important place for oil synthesis  —  Photosynthetic organisms such as plants and green algae can transform atmospheric carbon dioxide into carbon storage …

Study: Climate Change May Hurt Nation’s Agricultural Productivity
March 8, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (Iowa Public Radio) The agriculture sector needs to ramp up its response to climate change, especially in the Midwest, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

Smart Microalgae at the Danish IP Fair
March 8, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  On May 9 Yumiko Sakuragi from the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre will participate in the Danish IP fair in Industriens Hus, Copenhagen. Dr. Sakuragi will present her invention on how smart microalgae …

Agricultural Robot May Be ‘Game Changer’ for Crop Growers, Breeders
March 7, 2017 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Sharita L Forrest (Phys.Org) A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders—and eventually farmers—can use to identify the genetic …

Camelina, Canola Show Promise as Cool-Season Crops
March 7, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(The Crop Science Society of America/Biodiesel Magazine)  …  In California, growers usually choose warm-season crops: ones that grow from March to October. But extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka and his team at UC Davis, including project …

Heard in the Hallway at ABLC–Science from Scientists, a Teacher Resource
March 6, 2017 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It’s the personal connections you make at conferences that provide that added value that webinars and online learning just can’t beat.  That’s how I found out about Science from …

Switchgrass May Unlock the Future of Biofuel
March 6, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (Phys.Org)  …  Genetically modifying switchgrass could boost crop yields and its commercial viability.

But to close in on realizing that potential requires one small tweak: a genetic sterility switch that prevents the modified grass from …