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Presentations from BETO’s 2017 Project Peer Review Now Online
May 26, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

On March 6–9, 2017, BETO hosted its biennial Project Peer Review in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research and development (R&D) portfolio were presented to the public and a panel …

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 …

Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant Opening
May 25, 2017 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Francesca Brindle (Hydrocarbon Engineering)  Southern Oil has announced that Queensland Premier, the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, will officially open the Northern Oil advanced biofuels pilot plant in Gladstone on 1 June 2017. The $18 …

Advancing the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and Feedstock R&D
May 25, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing …

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 …

Supplying the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE Feedstocks R&D Programs
May 24, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  More than 1 billion tons of biomass could be domestically converted into biofuels and products, say DOE. Biomass could displace 25% of U.S. petroleum use annually by 2030, keeping $260 billion in the United States, …

Canadian Ag Company Scores Landmark Food Security Deal with Uruguay
May 24, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Canadian Newswire/Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.)  Today, Canadian based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. signed a new partnership with the country of Uruguay introducing a new, renewable, low carbon cash-crop for farmers.

The deal gives the Quebec-based company the opportunity …

NexSteppe Launches Metano Alto to Catalyze New Growth in Biogas Markets
May 23, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe Inc.)  NexSteppe Inc., a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today the world wide launch of a new product line: Metano Alto.  Metano Alto Industrial …

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 …

Horizontal Bioreactors: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Culture Biosystems
May 19, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Challenges that have plagued algae ventures? The availability of feedstock to make products, the loss of investor appetite at early stage and pre-commercial, and inefficient cultivation systems.

By contrast, Culture Biosystem’s design …

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 …

Greenbelt Resources Executes Letter of Intent with the Andrew J. Young Foundation
May 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (the LOI) by the Andrew J. Young (AJY) Foundation to build a …

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 …

Biomass Crops Could Provide Unexpected Wildlife Benefits
May 17, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) A biomass crop could be providing unexpected ecological benefits, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research.

The authors of the study say that elephant grass (Miscanthus), which is commonly …

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 …

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 …

Biofuels: Could Agave, Hemp and Saltbush Be the Fuels of the Future?
May 10, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Dyani Lewis (The Guardian)  Oilier plants, new processing technologies and multipurpose crops could put the biofuel industry back in the race for greener transport fuels.  —  Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral …

Progress on Transport Biofuels in Korea
May 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jin-Suk Lee and Kyu-Young Kang (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since Korea imports over 95% of its energy demand, thus energy security has always been an important driver in the national agenda. In addition, CO2 mitigation has …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
May 8, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

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, …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

Kelp Farming Project Could Come to Catalina Island
May 5, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Parimal M. Rohit (The Log)  USC’s Wrigley Institute and Marine BioEnergy propose an experimental project to produce a biofuel alternative.  —  Plans to build an experimental kelp cultivation system just off the shore of Catalina …

CAAFI’s R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series: INL Presented on the Development of Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems
May 5, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  CAAFI’s R&D team continued the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinar series on March 24th. This webinar series is intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative …

Algae Industry Growing in Southern Queensland
May 4, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) ABC News Brisbane (Australia) reports that University of Queensland researchers are growing their highest density algae at a pilot farm in Brisbane. “We’ll see how this goes in large scale, but …

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 …

Kings of the Bioeconomy: Pacific Biodiesel Keeps Getting It Done
May 1, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There just isn’t an organization out there like Pacific Biodiesel. Labors on, fighting the good fight, hitting every sustainability grace note, and always surprising the industry with one more innovative …

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 …

Advancements in Agriculture, Good for People and the Planet
April 28, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The Hill/U.S. Dairy Export Council)  This Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of people marched to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March for Science …

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 …

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 …

Trial of Seaweed Farm under way near Oban
April 26, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Kevin Keane (BBC Scotland) Trials have begun near Oban to create one of the UK’s first seaweed farms.

Harvesting of wild seaweed has been taking place for centuries but researchers say there is huge potential to …

Unstash That Trash: Material(s) Progress in Making Fuels, Chemicals from Municipal Solid Waste
April 26, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News this week arrived from Canada that Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product …

Zambian Mine in First-of-a-Kind Tailings Dump Site Rehab, Hopes to Eventually Produce Biodiesel
April 25, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Mia Breytenbach (Mining Weekly)  Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), owned by global conglomerate Vedanta Resources, has launched the first project of its kind in Zambia to rehabilitate a mining site.

The …

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 …

EXCLUSIVE-Vomitoxin Makes Nasty Appearance for U.S. Farm Sector
April 25, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Huffstutter and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters/Times of India)  Wet harvest, slow grain sales encourage growth of toxins;  Scope of problem in U.S. grain supply not yet known  —  A fungus that causes “vomitoxin” has been …

NexSteppe Signs Partnership to Commercialize Embrapa Biomass Sorghum
April 25, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced a new partnership today with Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.  The partnership will focus on commercializing …

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 …

Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet
April 24, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Life-cycle modeling for ethanol needs to be updated to reflect big improvements in corn’s GHG emissions profile  —  … Fuels that help automakers achieve efficiency standards are going …

US Wood Pellet Exports Are Sustainable, Despite Growth: Report
April 24, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, officials at Oak Ridge released a report on an ongoing debate about costs and benefits of wood-pellet based bioenergy production in the southeastern United States (SE US) requires …

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”
April 21, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture trends and to promote a debate on the new technologies that will surely be on …

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. …

SabrTech to Launch Portable Algae-Growing System Soon
April 13, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Ola Wietecha (Undercurrent News)  Nova Scotia-based SabrTech — which spent years designing an easy-to-transport algae-growing system called RiverBox — is planning to launch its product shortly, which the company says will revolutionize algae production.

SabrTech spent about two years …

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 …

Surrey MSW-to-Biofuel Plant Seen Commissioning in June
April 12, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the long-awaited MSW-to-biofuel plant in Surrey is preparing for commissioning in June, making it North America’s first plant of such kind. Waste collection trucks and other city vehicles …

New Route to FDCA: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen’s Chemo-Enzymatic Process
April 12, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, news arrived from MetGen that they have developed a novel chemo-enzymatic process that leads to oxidized forms of 5-HMF. They report that “this form of sugar is known …

The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the Most Fascinating Projects under Development and in Deployment in Europe
April 11, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Europe is often thought of as a dead-end for biofuels, owing to a thorny debate over fuel mandates, and agricultural protection. But it’s a reputation entirely undeserved; some of the …

Florida Considers Accelerating Hemp Research as Orange Alternative
April 10, 2017 – 10:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, state legislators are looking to ease restrictions on industrial hemp research.  According to the Florida State Senate, house bill 1217 that “authorizes specified universities in state to engage …

Frontiers of Gene-Editing, and Why Calyxt Is One to Watch
April 10, 2017 – 9:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  At its heart, it’s a company about transformation in basic food feedstocks. But where the technological imperative for years has been about, to use an example, more corn and …

A&B Planning Pongamia Project on Former HC&S Land
April 10, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  Alexander & Baldwin is close to formalizing a partnership with a seed oil producing company on a 250-acre demonstration project to produce biofuels from the pongamia tree on old sugar …

Understanding Land Use Change – Are New Tools Needed?
April 10, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  Are we using the right tools to understand land use change, particularly at the local level, and how can understanding of land use change be improved?

The Renewable Fuel …

Seaweed Cultivation Could Provide a Promising Source of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels, Finds Norwegian Report
April 7, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Seaweed could become a promising source of biofuels for aviation if sustainably produced and economic and policy challenges can be overcome, says a report by Norwegian NGO Bellona. Seaweeds, or macroalgae, generally contain …

GMO-Ethanol Corn Contamination Raises Concerns about Another “StarLink” Disaster
April 6, 2017 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Ken Roseboro (Huffington Post)  Food corn buyers say Syngenta’s Enogen GMO corn is contaminating non-GMO white corn fields, creating a potential “trainwreck;” may be linked to bad masa flour in California.

Enogen, a genetically modified …

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 …

Italian Farmers Produce Low Cost Biomethane with Positive Environmental Impacts
April 6, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Ecofys)  Sequential cropping can be a promising model to produce additional biomass without negative impacts on land use change or food production. In a research study for the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), Ecofys found that …

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 …

Couple Biodiesel Oil Crops Technology Provides More Oil per Acre, Advanced Biofuel Center Announces
April 3, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuel Center/AltEnergyMag.com)  … The Advanced Biofuel Center (ABC) recently announced progress on its work with its mission “more Biodiesel oil per hectare” by developing two or more dedicated Biodiesel Crops in same acreage and that …

Etihad Airways and Boeing Check on Biofuel Progress at Masdar
April 3, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Ehihad Airways)  Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, joined Scott Fancher, Boeing Senior Vice President, at the integrated seawater and agriculture system facility within Masdar …

In Response: Study, Article Misrepresented, Did Disservice to Ethanol
March 30, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune/Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  I believe the March 21 story, “Habitat loss highest near ethanol plants,” did a disservice to readers because it cited a study that contains dubious and inaccurate conclusions.

The …

BETO Publishes Alternative Aviation Fuels Report
March 29, 2017 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) published a report titled Alternative Aviation Fuels: Overview of Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps. This new report provides an overview of the current …

State of Technology Review – Algae Bioenergy
March 29, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This IEA Bioenergy report provides an international update on the status and prospects for using microalgae and macroalgae as feedstocks for producing biofuels and bioenergy products. The report’s scope covers algae-based options for …

Breakthroughs for Biofuel in Aviation and Transport Sectors
March 27, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Edie.net)  SEAT originally partnered with Spanish firm Aqualia to launch the SMART Green Gas project, aimed at creating 100% renewable biofuels to be used in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

The partnership sees wastewater turned into …

Food, Face Cream and Jet Fuel: Japanese Firm Finds Many Uses for Algae
March 27, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Sarah Karacs  (CNN Tech)  A tiny organism thinner than a strand of hair could help fuel airplanes in the future.  Japanese firm Euglena has been cultivating a type of algae for use in food …

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 …

State Ag Department Greenlights 16 Promising Industrial Hemp Research Projects
March 24, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture)  Projects Mark Return of Hemp to PA following Gov. Wolf’s Signing of Act 92  —  After decades of being gone from the landscape of Pennsylvania, a promising and versatile crop with …

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 …

Proteins Interactions Hold Key for Maximizing Oil Production in Plants for Biofuels and Biomaterials
March 23, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Lab Manager)  Findings point to new biochemical strategies for increasing oil yield from crops grown to produce biofuels and biomaterials  —  …  By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group …

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 …

Government of Canada Invests $43 Million in Clean Technology Innovation
March 14, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Government of Canada/CNW)  Investments support Canadian-based technologies and create opportunities for businesses to grow and contribute to clean economic growth. —  Technology and the innovation it helps promote are key to the future of Canada’s …

A Global Synthesis of Jatropha Cultivation: Insights into Land Use Change and Management Practices
March 13, 2017 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

David C. Walmsley Rob Bailis, and Alexandra-Maria Klein (Environmental Science & Technology) Despite setbacks, interest in Jatropha cultivation remains high. This study addressed the question to what extent Jatropha cultivation has replaced specific vegetation and …

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 …

NexSteppe Sorghum Products Approved for Commercial Sale in the European Union
March 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe Inc., a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today that the European Union has fully approved two NexSteppe Sorghum hybrids for commercial sale in …

Whisky Business: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Celtic Renewables
March 13, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In uniquely combining the whisky by-products, Celtic Renewables Ltd adapt the traditional Weizmann Fermentation process (also known as ABE fermentation) to a brand new and entirely sustainable novel substrate – …

Insights about Feedstock from the Advance Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
March 10, 2017 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference started with an afternoon ABLC Feedstock Summit at the US Department of Agriculture.  Three points jumped out.  The value of the farmers/growers perspective …

Sandia Purposefully Crashing Algae Ponds
March 10, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  For algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators …

Express Yourself: The Coming Revolution in Crop Yields via Epigenetics
March 9, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  For now, let’s visit briefly the story of epigenetics. If you are concerned that a) the world doesn’t want genetic modification and b) the world needs crops with more …

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 …

Research Finds Microalgae That Grow in Waste and Generate Biofuels
March 8, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Embrapa (Google translation)) Embrapa Agroenergia (DF) was able to identify species of microalgae that can be cultivated in liquid waste from agroindustrial processes, effluents. This crop can generate renewable raw material for biofuels, feed, cosmetics and …

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 …

Argonne National Laboratory Develops New System to Enhance AD Process
March 7, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  US-based science and engineering centre Argonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts and enhance the process of anaerobic digestion (AD).

According to the organisation, …

Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviation
March 7, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Marika Andersen (Bellona)  Today, Bellona publishes its new report on the potential and challenges of using seaweed biofuels in aviation. The report provides comprehensive recommendations for researchers, public authorities and consumers. By mapping existing …

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 …

Heard on the Floor: Disruptive Technology, Feedstocks under the Microscope at ABLC 2017’s Opening Day
March 2, 2017 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy  (Biofuels Digest)  … While there were big questions, there were big answers, beginning with a panel on The Sustainable Agriculture Imperative. John Pieper from Dupont Industrial Biosciences shared their latest work with …

Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits
February 28, 2017 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Growing deep-rooted perennial crops, like switchgrass or willow, together with annual crops and livestock in a farming system is starting to gain traction. This is due in large part …

The Carinata Kings: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
February 28, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

Growing Hemp for Industrial Purposes to Be Allowed in South Australia
February 27, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Novak (The Advertiser/News.com.au)  Growing and manufacturing hemp for industrial purposes, such as cosmetics, clothing or construction materials, will be allowed in South Australia now the State Government has thrown its support behind a Greens …

Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report Published
February 27, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report is now online! Read this new report for an overview of industry challenges and opportunities discussed during the Biorefinery Optimization Workshop, which was held on October …

Neutral Fuels Pioneers Dairy Waste As New Biofuel Feedstock
February 23, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Neutral Fuels)  Recycling waste dairy products to help meet Dubai ‘ s Zero Waste target  —
After two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company …

‘Zero Net Energy Farm’ in California Draws Midwest Farmer Interest
February 20, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, farmers from the Midwest are in California’s Central Valley touring the first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm, or “ZNEF,” to learn how to generate all electrical and heating power …

Biotech Firm to Produce Renewable Fuel in New Office Space
February 18, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Witty (MD Biz News)  … (Ryan) Powell and his business partner Onur Unal are the founders of Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm producing renewable crude oil through the harvesting and processing of algae. …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume One: Biofeedstocks and Their Processing
February 18, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Scrivener Publishing)  The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of energy from biofeedstocks.
Audience
Chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, process engineers, students in chemical engineering, biotechnology, petroleum engineering, …

Cattle Pastures and Other Degraded Lands Become New Oil Palm Plantations
February 17, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  A new study published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters by researchers at the University of Puerto Rico offers the first regional look at lands being converted to palm oil plantations in …

PHYCO2, MSU Make Wastewater Reusable through Pure Algae Growth
February 14, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2/Biodiesel Magazine)  PHYCO2 LLC, an emerging algae production, waste water treatment and carbon dioxide sequestration company, announced the successful treatment of wastewater from breweries to comply with state water discharge limits for nitrates and phosphates. During Phase …

Sequim Lab Looks to Find the Best Biofuel in Algae
February 13, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/SFGate)  Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory are turning algae inside out to find the best biofuel possible. Dr. Michael Huesemann, a lead researcher, said algae is a promising clean energy …

NDSU Scientists Study Distillers Grains as Fertilizer
February 9, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(North Dakota State University)  Wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles increased corn and spring wheat yields.  —  Distillers grains could be a source of fertilizer for some crops, according to research at North Dakota …

Mixotrophic Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioProcess Algae
February 9, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BPA designs, builds, and operates commercial scale Grower Harvester bioreactors that enable efficient conversion of light and CO2 into high value microbial feedstock. BioProcess Algae LLC is based in Omaha, …

The Leftover Makeover Once-Over: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Stover
February 6, 2017 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have completed a survey of the economic activities and rural jobs that a corn stover bioeconomy can offer, which is currently featured on …

Gates Foundation Extends Sorghum Research with a $6.1 Million Grant to the Danforth Center
February 3, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the world’s largest independent plant science institutes, today announced a three-year $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to …

A Better Way to Farm Algae
February 3, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Matt Wheeler (Phys.Org)  … Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, has devoted his research to this area, and developed a new technology for energy efficient cultivation and harvesting of microalgae.

“The study is an …

Biofuel Crops Expected to Play Crucial Role in Hawaii’s Energy Future
January 25, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Ivy Ashe (Hawaii Tribune Herald) … The latest stop along that path comes from researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, who are investigating potential dual …

DOE and USDA Issue Notice of Intent for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
January 24, 2017 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and …

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 Analyzes Environmental Effects
January 23, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge …

Montana State University Scientist Wins Grant to Improve Camelina Seed Qualities
January 20, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Montana State University/Biomass Magazine)  A Montana State University scientist has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to research ways to improve the usefulness of camelina, an ancient …

ORNL: Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels
January 20, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists …

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil Renew Algae Biofuels Research Agreement
January 19, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil have announced that they have extended their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels, after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing …

SUNY Morrisville Leads NY Back To Industrial Hemp Production
January 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Kulikowsky (MyTwinTiers.com)  Morrisville partners with JD Farms in Eaton on industrial hemp pilot program  —  Hemp may not be what you’d think of as the next big cash crop but plenty in New York, …

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-Based Marine Microalgae System
January 18, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a …

High Octane Group Vindicated by EPA Ethanol Assessment
January 17, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  A USDA report this week showing corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline, came with a silver lining for a Washington, D.C., group that has …

Biofuel Matchmaker: Finding The Perfect Algae for Renewable Energy
January 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Renewable Energy World/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green algae are exposed to hundreds of multi-colored lights, which provide all of sunlight’s natural hues. …

Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show
January 16, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz …

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams
January 16, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (January 10, 2017) the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and …

API and MYBiomass Announce Joint-Development Agreement for the Production of Nanocellulose for Downstream Applications
January 16, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Web/American Process/MYBiomass)  American Process Inc. (API) and MYBiomass Sdn. Bhd. (MYBiomass) will work together to develop technology to produce nanocellulose and cellulosic sugars from oil palm empty fruit-bunches, a lignocellulosic feedstock widely available in …

Glyphosate Paper Claims Liver Disease Link in Rats: Findings Disputed by Monsanto as Using ‘Flawed Data’
January 13, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Matthew Appleby  (Horticulture Week)  The active ingredient in herbicide Roundup has been cited as a cause of liver disease after experiments on rats, but Monsanto has refuted the claims as “bad science”.  —

The study, …

Species Diversity Reduces Chances of Crop Failure in Algal Biofuel Systems
January 9, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Science News/University of Michigan)  When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a new study. — … …

Growing Algae for Food and Biofuel Could Cut Greenhouse Emissions
January 9, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  Cultivating algae for food and biofuel could make a serious dent in our greenhouse gas emissions, as well as helping to save freshwater resources and reduce deforestation.

Currently the emissions associated with land-use …

The Algae Fuel Debacle: How Much More Information Does the Department of Energy Really Need?
January 9, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  2016 Algae Year in Review – Nothing has Changed  —  2016 (U.S. Department of Energy) Funding Opportunities: …

• Global Algae Innovations (San Diego, California)— …

• Algenol Biotech LLC (Ft. Myers, Florida)– …

• MicroBio …

Switchcraft: Metabolix Bioconverts Itself into Yield10, Focuses on Crop Yields
January 9, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy with the news that Metabolix is changing its name to Yield10 Bioscience and will focus …

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects
January 6, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine)   … We received impassioned requests to give the public …

Energy Department Partners with Department of Agriculture for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
January 6, 2017 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) jointly announced $22.7 million today to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). DOE is …

ORNL Researchers Work to Develop Drought-Resistant Crops
January 6, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Bevin Fletcher (Bioscience Technology)  Some semi-arid plants use a specific type of photosynthesis known as crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM, to conserve water and flourish in semi-arid climates.  Now scientists at the Department of …

Potential Biofuel Crops in Hawaii May Successfully Sequester Carbon in Soil
January 5, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/PLOS)  Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii–sugarcane and napiergrass–may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by …

Finding the Real Value of Hemp in Kentucky
January 4, 2017 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Grace Schneider  (Courier-Journal)  After a recent boost in funding, the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville is delving into the science and economics of commercializing industrial hemp.
It’s a new line of …

UAS Researcher Gets Biodiesel Project Financing
January 4, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Millenni um Campus (Google Translation))  …In the Rectors’ Hall of the Central Building, the university leader recognized Ignacio Contreras Andrade, a researcher at the Faculty of Biological Chemistry Sciences, for having obtained the first place …

Croton Nuts: Africa’s New Biofuel that Literally Grows on Trees
December 30, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kieron Monks (CNN)  Croton nut may be ideal fuel with high oil and protein concentration; Leading producers are expanding rapidly; Analysts say croton avoid ethical issues of other biofuels  —  The Croton megalocarpus tree is common throughout …

Old Carbon, New Jet Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s ATJ Jet Fuel Tech
December 30, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy from local wastes and residues, including gases as varied as …

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision
December 27, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was first established to address issues …

Life Cycle Assessment of Integrated Seawater Agriculture in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf as a Potential Food and Aviation Biofuel Resource
December 27, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Brian Warshay, J. Jed Brown, Sgouris Sgouridis (The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment)  Prospective evaluation of the lifecycle impacts of aviation biofuel production in Abu Dhabi, UAE based on a production system that integrates aquaculture, saltwater agriculture, …

Baguio Students Create Biofuel from Wild ‘Gabi’ Plant
December 23, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Enrico Belga Jr. (Rappler)  Dubbed as ‘Bio-Gab,’ the group’s biofuel invention converts wild taro, which is hazardous to humans and animals, into a bioethanol that can fuel cars  —  … This need also motivated a group …

Molecular Velcro Boosts Microalgae’s Potential in Biofuel, Industrial Applications
December 22, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research.

The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic …

Novel Mechanism in Bacterial-Fungal Symbiosis Could Have Biodiesel Production Applications
December 20, 2016 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ DOE/Joint Genome Institute)  … To learn more about how bacteria interact with fungi in a symbiotic relationship to support the biochemistries that could contribute to the development of alternate fuel sources, Cornell and DOE JGI …

Fueling Destruction: The Unintended Consequences of the Renewable Fuel Standard on Land, Water, and Wildlife
December 20, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by David DeGennaro  (National Wildlife Federation)  Since Congress passed into law in 2005 a federal mandate to blend corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels into conventional gasoline, the increased demand for corn – which has supplied …

Maryland’s TEDCO Funds 19 Technology Start ups Including Algae Crude Producer
December 16, 2016 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the state’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced today that 19 companies have received over $1.9 million in funding from the organization’s Seed Investment Fund in the last six …

Gladstone’s $5m Test Site to Crack Billion Dollar Industry
December 14, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Tegan Annett (Northern Star)  What was once a paw paw farm in Yarwun is now a multi-million dollar laboratory that is leading the way for renewable fuel creation. Yesterday Northern Oil’s biocrude and biofuel laboratory …

BioJet Fuel, Water and Food – Turf Feeding Systems Is Changing the Yucatan with a New Project
December 14, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Turf Feeding Systems/PR Web)  Turf Feeding Systems, a Houston company, is starting a new project and is contracted to design, build and manage the agriculture for a special BioJet fuel project in the Yucatan region …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from …

Battelle Unlocks Door, Algae Could Rush In
December 14, 2016 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Stafford “Doc” Williamson (DaoChi Energy/Biofuels Digest)  Reported in the Feednavigator.com (Dec. 8, 2016) is news that soymeal has taken a step toward replacing fishmeal as aquaculture feed. The Battelle company, at the behest of the Ohio Soybean Council, has …

Accelerated Cassava Breeding Coming Via OHV Technology Collaboration
December 12, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Dow AgroSciences/Business Wire) Dow AgroSciences, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University and Agriculture Victoria Working Together on Essential African Root Crop  —  More productive cassava plants, a root crop that is foundational for food security in Africa, …

Researchers Collaborate with AST to Develop Lignin-Based Products
December 12, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(American Science and Technology/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Science and Technology, a sustainable technology company, has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, …

How Sand ‘Holds Its Breath’: Research into Diatom Survival on a Beach
December 7, 2016 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Researchers in Australia have made an important discovery about how sand ‘holds its breath’ — specifically, how diatoms survive in the ever-changing environmental conditions of a beach. The finding has major implications for …

State Opens Application Process for Would-Be Hemp Farmers
December 7, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Lenay Ruhl (Central Penn Business Journal)  …  State regulators announced last week an industrial hemp program that will allow for cultivating and researching hemp in efforts overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Applications to …

Pest Be-Gone: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Crop Enhancement
December 7, 2016 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded by Dr. David Soane, a renowned serial entrepreneur and inventor in the field of materials science and surface chemistry, Crop Enhancement is developing formulations that employ advanced and environmentally friendly …

6 Hottie Trends to Watch In Bioeconomy Feedstocks
December 7, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Proof positive on the “best is yet to come” — check out the Danforth Plant Science Center. It’s tucked away in the major agri-complex that built up around Monsanto …

Winter Is Not Coming: Pushing Back the Frost Wall for More Food, More Fuel, More Money, More Everything
December 6, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, what do you do about the Frost Wall. Generally, you can grow more with the first harvest — that’s yield improvement. Or, you can grow more in the extreme …

Forecasts of Algae Food Products Demonstrate Significant Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use
December 5, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(Bentley University/PR Newswire)  Bentley University research fellow Michael J. Walsh leads study finding algae food to have potential to mitigate climate change —  Scientists affiliated with the Marine Algal Industrialization Consortium have published a research …

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge
November 30, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to projects. As Ecostrat’s Jordan Solomon observed at ABLC Next a few weeks back, “the vast …