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A Step toward Renewable Diesel: Chemical Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils.
February 15, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy …

The Emerging Synthetic Biology Ecosystem: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks
January 23, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Ginkgo BioWorks announced the launch of their next generation foundry, Bioworks2. With 125,000 square feet and an 6X expected increase in capacity compatred to BioWorks 1, Bioworks2 represents a step change …

MIT Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils
January 20, 2017 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by  Anne Trafton (MIT/Biomass Magazine)  MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy …

LEAF Opens New Yeast Facility and Launches New Product
January 19, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Doris de Guzman (Green Chemicals Blog) Leaf – Lesaffre Advanced Fermentations has inaugurated its the new Lesaffre Yeast Corporation drying facility in Headland, Alabama, last week, which is reportedly the company’s first yeast drying facility …

PTG to Make Ethanol from Cassava Pulp
January 13, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post) PTG Energy Plc (PTG), a SET-listed oil retailer, and Eiamburapa Co (EBP), a top producer of tapioca products, have teamed up to develop what they say will be the world’s first facility that makes …

A Critical Look at Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels
December 13, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Alexander A. Koukoulas0 (ANL Consultants LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … The pursuit of 2nd Gen fuels has been motivated by several factors including: their inherently low-cost, at least from a theoretical standpoint; their potential for drastically reducing carbon …

‘Super Yeast’ Has the Power to Improve Economics of Biofuels
October 19, 2016 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Scientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fibria, Lallemand
October 18, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LeSaffre, Corbion
October 6, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, …

How to Optimize Biofuel Production Through Plant Genetics and Alternative Ingredients
September 9, 2016 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(AUSBIOTECH/Ag Funder News)  … Plant oils offer great potential to provide much-needed renewable replacements for petroleum-derived fuels and chemicals, due to their natural abundance. To harness this potential, plant oils must be engineered to ensure their …

DOE Joint Genome Institute Aims to Boost Use of More Yeasts
August 17, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, so far industry has only harnessed a fraction of the diversity available for biotechnological applications, including biofuel production. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a …

We Band of Brothers: Crisp, CRISPR, Crispin’s Day and the Democratization of Crop R&D
August 3, 2016 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The nature of collaboration across the advanced bioeconomy is shifting dramatically – and we are seeing the democratization of R&D.  …   The CRISPR revolution

As Dan Watkins of DFJ’s Mercury …

Illinois Tech Scientists Receive Patent for Method to Genetically Engineer Bacteria and Yeast to Increase Bioethanol Production
July 27, 2016 – 11:26 pm | No Comment

(IIT Today)  Scientists from Illinois Institute of Technology received a patent for a method to genetically engineer bacteria and yeast to increase bioethanol production, especially from cellulosic material in biomass like twigs, branches, plant stalks …

Singapore Scientists Mine Butanol from Fats in Food Waste
July 15, 2016 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

(The China Post)  Scientists in Singapore have found a green, efficient way to deal with the growing amount of food waste that the country produces.

They have genetically modified a type of yeast so that it …

DuPont Introduces New Yield-Increasing Fermentation System for Ethanol Production
July 3, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences has launched a new fermentation system to help ethanol producers improve their yields and decrease sugar levels in their product.

The DuPont Synerxia system, introduced at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Milwaukee, …

ICM Has Short List for Its Gen 1.5 Cellulosic Ethanol
June 20, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, ICM said it is is currently in discussion with a short list of those interested in being selected as an early adopter of its Gen 1.5 technology, and …

WEBINAR: GMO Yeast: A Journey Through Discovery, Handling & Practice — June 9, 2016
May 20, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment
WEBINAR:  GMO Yeast: A Journey Through Discovery, Handling & Practice    —   June 9, 2016

It’s an exciting time in yeast innovation for the fuel ethanol market. Gene editing technology has allowed for the development of pathway engineering to create yeast strains that produce ever-increasing ethanol yield while also delivering …

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research
May 9, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the joint investment of $10 million towards research that will …

New Method for Bio-Designing Yeast Could Improve Biofuel Production
February 16, 2016 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  An assistant research specialist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has designed a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass …

Purdue Engineer Receives Top Award from Obama
January 4, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University) Nancy Ho, founder and president of Green Tech America Inc. and a research professor emerita in Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering, will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack …

NREL’s Min Zhang Keeps Her “Bugs” Happy, Leading to Biofuel Breakthroughs
December 15, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Scientist Min Zhang has a special relationship with Zymomonas mobilis, a rod-shaped bacterium that has bioethanol-producing capabilities. Of her 80 peer-reviewed papers and 21 U.S. patents …

Biofuels to Bioeconomy Conference Speaker Summaries Published
December 14, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association released a 16-page synopsis of more than a dozen addresses at the recent Canadian Bioeconomy Summit. The synopsis team was led by Dr. Jack Saddler, … …

New Way to Make Yeast Hybrids May Inspire New Brews, Biofuels
December 7, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Terry Devitt  (University of Wisconsin-Madison News)  The makers of beer, wine, biofuels and other products that depend on yeasts may soon have many more strains of the microorganism to work with, thanks to a …

More Biofuel, Using Less Land
October 28, 2015 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Éanna Kelly (Science|Business)  The problem: Finding efficient ways of producing ethanol from cellulose plant material such as corn husks or stalks, is a long-term research objective.

The answer: Now scientists at KU Leuven have succeeded in …

Seeking Better Biofuels
October 26, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules  —   ..  JBEI researchers are zeroing in on concepts that others have decided are too …

Joule Achieves U.S. EPA Registration for CO2-Recycled Ethanol
October 2, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire)  Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced that its fuel grade Sunflow®-E ethanol has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial use in E10 and E15 …

Yeast Cell Factories on the Horizon
September 8, 2015 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Jens Nielsen (Science Magazine)  For thousands of years, yeast has been used for making beer, bread, and wine. In modern times, it has become a commercial workhorse for producing fuels, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals such …

Boosting Biofuel Production: New MIT Research Finds Supplements Help Yeast Survive.
July 14, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Stauffer (MIT Energy Initiative)   Chemical engineers and biologists at MIT have found a simple way to make yeast produce more ethanol from sugars: Spike the mixture they’re growing on with two common chemicals. Adding …

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 2015: Biomass: Challenges and Promises
June 29, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) held in Vienna 1-4 June was a massive event with nearly 1300 participants from 76 countries and some 800 presentations. The …

Mould Unlocks New Route to Biofuels
June 25, 2015 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(University of Manchester)  Scientists at The University of Manchester have made an important discovery that forms the basis for the development of new applications in biofuels and the sustainable manufacturing of chemicals.

Based at the Manchester …

Taurus Energy Poised to Bring 2nd Generation Yeast to U.S. Market
June 22, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A company based in Lund, Sweden, recently received a welcome notification from the U.S. EPA, indicating the company’s 90-day Microbial Commercial Activity Notice review has been completed without objections. …

Biofuel Research and Commercial Development in Denmark
June 2, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Task 39 Newsletter)  General introduction – A fossil free energy supply by 2050  —  In 2012, the Danish parliament decided on a new climate act, which calls for an energy supply totally free of fossil …

Taurus Energy, Lallemand Ink XyloFerm Yeast Marketing Agreement
May 26, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Sweden, Taurus Energy AB, Lund, Sweden and Canadian based Lallemand have signed an agreement for collaboration with respect to the development, marketing, sale and distribution of Taurus’ Gen 2 platform …

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production
April 13, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin)  Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast …

Agricultural Waste Could Be Used as Biofuel
March 26, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as …

Step Change for Screening Could Boost Biofuels
March 6, 2015 – 8:31 pm | No Comment

( Institute of Food Research/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels.

The new technique could also be a boon …

Metabolic Path to Improved Biofuel Production
March 5, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/US Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a partnership that includes the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, have found …

Byogy Renewables and GEN 2 Energy Advance Value Chain to Produce Biofuels Competitive With Today’s Oil Price
February 26, 2015 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Byogy/PR Newswire) Byogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production …

Engineered Yeast Turn Three Carbon Compounds Into Ethanol
February 11, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jyoti Madhusoodanan  (Chemical & Engineering News)  Biofuels: Yeast designed to ferment compounds found in treated biomass could boost biofuel production

When biofuel producers turn agricultural waste into ethanol, they start by treating the biomass with …

4 Mintues with …. Dr. Nancy Ho, Founder, Green Tech America
January 21, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … My company plays an important role in providing our super efficient yeast, named as the Ho-Purdue Yeast … efficiently convert corn mash added 15% cellulosic sugars to produce high concentrations of …

WARF Grants License, Takes Stake in Biotech Company Xylome
November 11, 2014 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Gallagher (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the technology transfer arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has granted a license to and taken a stake in Xylome Corp., a privately-held Madison …

Mascoma Catches Its Wascaly Wabbit, as Lallemand Acquires the Mascoma Yeast Business
November 5, 2014 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Massachusetts, Mascoma Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of its yeast business to Lallemand Inc., a privately owned company that researches, develops, produces and markets yeasts, bacteria, and …

4 minutes with… Lars Welin, CEO, Taurus Energy
November 4, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Taurus Energy is a company working to develop the best possible yeast for fermentation of c5 sugars …

We work with customers and their hydrolysate and try to provide a yeast that can …

EPA Honors the Winners of the 19th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/ Winning Technologies Tackle Climate Change and Promote Energy Efficiency
October 16, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development.

“From …

Thermotolerant Yeast Can Provide More Climate-Smart Ethanol
October 15, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Science 20)  The yeast has not been gene modified by the researchers; rather, they have used adaptive laboratory evolution to produce it. The method allows new characteristics to be produced without knowing which mutations are …

New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production
October 3, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News Office)  Different environment helps yeast tolerate high levels of ethanol, making them more productive.   Yeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. …

Clariant’s Demonstration Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Germany: The Complete Facility, in Pictures
September 29, 2014 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Producing enzymes and yeasts on site, as part of the complete biomass-to-fuels manufacturing process. …

In recent years — the region around Straubing turned to biotech to access the high returns …

Cellulosics and the EU: Chasing Higher Rates, Yields, and More Value from Lignin
September 26, 2014 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The cellulosic scene in the EU is lively and well — greatly cheered by news of commercial-scale openings by POET-DSM, and Beta Renewables and the impending openings at Abengoa Bioenergy …

Dyadic, CIMV to Collaborate on Second Generation Biofuels
August 8, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic International Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Dyadic International Inc., a global biotechnology company whose patented and proprietary technologies are used to develop, manufacture and sell enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial …

Ethanol Production, Plagued by Yogurt Bacteria, Getting Viral Cure
August 6, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Summer (livescience.com/Phage Biocontrol, Inc.) The beneficial microbes that convert milk into yogurt and act in people’s guts to promote digestive health cause big problems in ethanol fermentation tanks. When fermenting corn to create ethanol, lactic …

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant
May 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biomass Magazine) Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.

Syngar Technologies, which was featured in a March 2012, …

First Functional ‘Designer’ Chromosome in Yeast Is Synthesized
April 4, 2014 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(NYU Langone Medical Center/Biomass Magazine)   An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the …

Lesaffre Announces Leaf Technologies
March 17, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Lesaffre)  Through its business unit Fermentis launched in 2003 Lesaffre has successfully served the fuel ethanol industry with yeast, yeast products and technical support.  Aiming to concentrate their efforts on offering more specialized services and products …

The Next Generation of Biodiesel Coproduct Research
March 6, 2014 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The uses of glycerin – crude, USP-grade or otherwise – and other byproducts from biodiesel production are virtually limitless. Profiled here is the glycerin and coproduct research of three Next Generation …

University of Texas Austin Engineer Rewires Yeast Cells For High Lipid Content
March 5, 2014 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin/Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. …

DSM, DONG Energy Report Improved Cellulosic Ethanol Yield
December 6, 2013 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Royal DSM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Royal DSM, together with DONG Energy, announced it has demonstrated the combined fermentation of C6 and C5 sugars from wheat straw on an industrial scale. The combined fermentation results in a …

Reshaping American Energy—A Look Back at BETO’s Accomplishments in 2013.
November 21, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a new two-page overview document that highlights significant Office achievements from 2013. One noteworthy success was the demonstration of two cellulosic ethanol production processes at a cost of …

Chickens to Benefit from Biofuels Bonanza
November 1, 2013 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Chickens could be the unexpected beneficiaries of the growing biofuels industry, feeding on proteins retrieved from the fermenters used to brew bioethanol, thanks to research supported by the Engineering and …

What Happened to Biofuels?
September 6, 2013 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(The Economist) Energy technology: Making large amounts of fuel from organic matter has proved to be more difficult and costly than expected

…As well as being available to countries without tar sands, shale fields or gushers, biofuels …

More Efficient Production of Biofuels from Waste with the Help of Modified Yeasts
August 30, 2013 – 9:12 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Researchers from VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) who are associated with KU Leuven have developed yeast strains that produce bio-ethanol from waste with an unprecedented efficiency. As a result, they are well placed to …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 DEADLINE: November 17, 2013
August 23, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals  April 28-May 1, 2014  DEADLINE:   November 17, 2013

Abstract submission is now open for the 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC). The 36th SBFC will be held April 28-May 1, 2014 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel in Clearwater Beach, …

As Key Partner Departs, Future Dims for Michigan Cellulosic Biofuel Plant
August 7, 2013 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Andy McGlashen (Midwest Energy News)  The exit of its majority owner and operator leaves the future uncertain for a long-delayed project that has attracted at least $120 million in public financing to turn wood from …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization – Part 2
June 21, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  In the final breakout session of the BIO World Congress on June 19, there was a second panel on scale-up and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. As with the session …

New Yeast Strain Could Lower Costs for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
May 6, 2013 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  A new strain of yeast that could help streamline cellulosic ethanol costs and production has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. This …

Engineered Yeast Makes More Biofuels
February 21, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Helen Tunnicliffe (TCE Today)  Moving process to mitochondria ups production 260%

Chemical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have engineered yeast to increase production of isobutanol, a promising biofuel, by 260%.

Isobutanol, a heavy alcohol, contains more …

Transporter Engineering for Improved Tolerance against Alkane Biofuels in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
February 14, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Binbin Chen, Hua Ling and Matthew Wook Chang (Biotechnology for Biofuels)  Hydrocarbon alkanes, components of major fossil fuels, are considered as next-generation biofuels because their biological production has recently been shown to be possible. However, …

Fungi, the Rodney Dangerfield of Biofuels
January 7, 2013 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Now, yeast is a fungi, but fungi as a Kingdom is a lot broader than our friend yeast and, like Rodney Dangerfield, it been getting, by and large, no respect, …

Aussie Brothers Make Biofuel Breakthrough
November 1, 2012 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Nick Perry (The Australian)  A Technology breakthrough by two Australian brothers could offer a solution to the world’s insatiable appetite for food and fuel.

Phillip and Geoff Bell have developed a new way to produce …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Highlights Renewable Fuels Industry’s Top 10 Efficiency and Technology Innovations of the Past Decade
September 5, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  As a part of its 10th Anniversary celebration of progress and prosperity, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today released a list of the ethanol and biodiesel industry’s Top 10 efficiency …

BIOTECH: Carlsbad Firm Uses Yeast for ‘Green’ Chemicals from Veggie Oil to Nylon
September 4, 2012 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes (North County Times)  Vegetable oils are versatile substances. They’re used not only for cooking, but also for making soaps and for biofuels. If Carlsbad-based Verdezyne Inc. is successful, you may soon …

Novozymes, Terranol Partner on Yeast to Boost Biofuels Industry
August 30, 2012 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Sally Bakewell (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Novozymes A/S (NZYMB) agreement to market Terranol A/S’s yeast technology as the world’s biggest maker of enzymes seeks to make biofuels from energy crops and agricultural waste commercially viable.

…Novozymes supplies enzymes …

Yeast Technology Deal Struck for Bioethanol Use
August 20, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Bioethanol yeast developing company Lesaffre, and its business unit Fermentis, has acquired xylose isomerase technology from yeast technology providers Butalco.

…According to Butalco, the xylose isomerase technology enables an improved production of lignocellulosic biofuels …

iDiverse Discovers Yeast Gene that Increases Fuel Ethanol Production Yield
July 25, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  iDiverse announced that it has discovered a yeast gene that when inserted into yeast and properly modulated can increase ethanol production yield by up to 34%.

“The gene functions by protecting the yeast against …

BioTork Develops Xylose-Fermenting Yeast for Ethanol Facilities
May 30, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After nearly two years of collaborative research, biotechnology company BioTork LLC and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center have developed a yeast strain capable of fermenting the xylose found in …

Ceres Sweet Sorghum Hybrids Processed by Amyris
May 4, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  • Pilot project validates U.S.-produced sweet sorghum as a potential feedstock for advanced biofuels and bio-products.

• Conversion efficiency of sweet sorghum sugars were similar to sugarcane.

Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) today announced …

Mascoma Gets Favorable FDA Review of Yeast Ethanol Product
February 24, 2012 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Lori Valigra (Mass High Tech)  Renewable fuels company Mascoma Corp. of Lebanon, N.H., said Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has completed its scientific review of the company’s MGT yeast product and …

Ethanol Production from Xylose by Pichia Stipitis NRRL Y-7124 in a Stirred Tank Bioreactor
February 1, 2012 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Silva, J. P. A., Mussatto, Solange I., Roberto, I.C., Teixeira, J. A.   (Universidade do Minho/Repositorium)  The ethanol production by Pichia stipitis was evaluated in a stirred tank bioreactor using semidefined medium containing xylose (90.0 g/l) as the …

Verdezyne Secures Patent on Engineered Microorganism
January 20, 2012 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(Verdezyne) Verdezyne, Inc., a privately-held industrial biotechnology company focused on producing renewable chemicals and fuels from non-petroleum sources, has been granted a United States Patent on engineered microorganisms.

Verdezyne was awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,093,037, titled “Engineered Microorganisms With …

Mascoma Implements Commercialization Strategy for Drop-In MGT™ Yeast Product to Improve Economics of Corn Ethanol Production
January 12, 2012 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Mascoma/BusinessWire)  Mascoma Corporation, a renewable fuels company, announced today that it has implemented key components of the commercialization strategy for its Mascoma Grain Technology, or MGT™, yeast product, which is the first commercial application of …

New Biofuel Production Technologies: Overview of These Expanding Sectors and the Challenges Facing Them
December 30, 2011 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(IFP Energies Nouvelles)  The numerous research programmes looking at new-generation biofuels that were initiated over the last ten years are now starting to bear fruit. Although no plants are producing and
marketing biofuels yet, the large-scale, industrial …

Mascoma, Codexis Closing in on Commercialized Cellulosic Biofuels
December 29, 2011 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Derek Mead (GreenTechMedia)  Biofuel up-and-comers Codexis and Mascoma both have big news that means cellulosic ethanol production is right around the corner.

…With traditional sugar feedstocks — and in the U.S., that means corn — …

Gevo Receives Key Patent from USPTO for Efficient Production of Isobutanol
December 9, 2011 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc., a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, today received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) on another aspect of its yeast technology that enables the low-cost, high-yield …

UGA Creates “Super Yeast” to Aid Ethanol Production
November 18, 2011 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)  The University of Georgia researchers created a “super strain” of yeast that ferments ethanol from pretreated pine as part of an effort to help biofuels take the place of gasoline for fuel.

… …

‘Cyborg’ Yeast Genes Run by Computer
November 7, 2011 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jason Palmer (BBC News)  Scientists have succeeded in forming a “feedback loop” between a computer and a common yeast to precisely control the switching on and off of specific genes.

The computer controlled flashes of …

The SuperFriends and Their Planet-Saving Microbial Biofuel Powers
November 4, 2011 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world at large, they are generally called pests. We call them ‘magic bugs’. They are like the SuperFriends of Saturday morning cartoons – Nature has certainly endowed them …

Toyota Develops New Yeast For Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 4, 2011 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) held an event Oct. 4 at its Toyota Biotechnology and Afforestation Laboratory in Aichi prefecture to showcase technologies developed there as part of its biotechnology and afforestation businesses.

Technology on display included …

Mascoma’s IPO: The 10-Minute Version
September 20, 2011 – 8:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Intrigued by cellulosic ethanol and a new product called MGT, in Mascoma’s IPO?

…Mascoma Corporation announced that it has filed an S-1 registration statement relating to a proposed $100 million initial …

“Synthetic” Chromosome Permits Rapid, On-Demand “Evolution” of Yeast
September 19, 2011 – 7:13 am | No Comment

(NewsWise/Johns Hopkins University)  Johns Hopkins researchers create man-made system with built-in diversity generator

In the quest to understand genomes—how they’re built, how they’re organized and what makes them work—a team of Johns Hopkins researchers has engineered from …

Trillium Awarded SBIR Grant from National Science Foundation
September 6, 2011 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Trillium FiberFuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Trillium FiberFuels Inc. has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant to further its work in developing innovative technologies for creating fuel-grade ethanol from straw and other biomass.  This latest …

Discovery Turns Seaweed Into Biofuel in Half the Time
August 31, 2011 – 6:56 am | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Science Daily) University of Illinois scientists have engineered a new strain of yeast that converts seaweed into biofuel in half the time it took just months ago.

…”The key is the strain’s ability to …

Novel Gene Increases Yeast’s Appetite for Plant Sugars
August 1, 2011 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  For thousands of years, bakers and brewers have relied on yeast to convert sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Yet, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers eager to harness this talent for …

Looking Beyond the Fossil Age: Royal DSM Aims to Be in the Thick of the Race for Next Generation of Biofuels and Health-Care Materials
August 1, 2011 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by William Lyons and Sten Stovall (Wall Street Journal)  …”We don’t realize it, but we are living in the fossil age,”  he (Royal DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma) argues. “Population will increase, urbanization will increase, temperature will …

Industrial Yeast Strain Engineered to Ferment Ethanol from Lignocellulosic Biomass
July 1, 2011 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Nikolai Khramtsov, Luise McDade, Alexander Amerik, Esther Yu, Kunjan Divatia, Alexander Tikhonov, Michael Minto, Georges Kabongo-Mubalamate, Zdenek Markovic, Marie Ruiz-Martinez and Steven Henck (Bioresource Technology/Science Direct)  In this study an industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain capable …

Lallemand Announces New Ethanol Yeast at FEW
June 30, 2011 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Lallemand Ethanol Technology (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The yet-to-be-named yeast is the first product to be patented (pending) and commercialized out of the exclusive partnership between Lallemand Ethanol Technology and Xylogenics Inc. Developed using extensive …

DSM Strengthens Yeast Technology Leadership for 2G Biofuels
June 29, 2011 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(DSM)  Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, today announces that it has reached an agreement to acquire C5 Yeast Company B.V. (Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands) from Royal Cosun. The acquisition will …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

EdeniQ Licenses Yeast Technology From USDA
June 14, 2011 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/The Street)  EdeniQ, Inc., a California-based clean technology company serving the global biofuels industry, announced today that it has licensed yeast technology from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation …

Consolidated Bioprocessing: A Revolution in Biofuels Development
June 3, 2011 – 6:56 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Fordham (Green-Trust.org)  …Microorganisms are incredibly abundant and diverse, especially in their metabolic functionality. Consolidated bioprocessing takes advantage of this versatility.

…Cellulose is a crystalline molecule that is critical to a plant cell’s structure, so …

Verdezyne Closes New Financing Round: BP, DSM, OVP Venture Partners and Monitor Ventures Participate in Round
May 10, 2011 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(Verdezyne/BusinessWire)  Verdezyne, Inc., an industrial biotechnology company developing cost-effective processes for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals, today announced it has closed a new funding round. New investors in this round include BP Alternative Energy …

Logos and EdeniQ Receive Department of Energy Funding for Corn-to-Cellulosic Pilot Biorefinery
May 6, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment

(Logos Technologies)  DOE commits full $20.5 million to retrofit and build pilot plant in Visalia, CA

Logos Technologies®, Inc. and EdeniQ, Inc., announced U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approval to fully fund $20.5 million in federal …

Keasling Featured in NOVA’s ‘Power Surge’ Program
May 2, 2011 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/PBS)  Can emerging technology defeat global warming? The United States has invested tens of billions of dollars in clean energy projects as our leaders try to save our crumbling economy and our …

Gevo: The Owner’s Manual
April 11, 2011 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Gevo GIFT system – three innovations in one First, its magic bug that indeed, produces isobutanol at a far higher rate, yield and concentration than traditional yeasts. Second, an …

Enzymes from Garden Compost Could Favour Bioethanol Production
March 11, 2011 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(Lund University)  The researcher in question is Nadia Skorupa Parachin and the secret of her technique is enzymes that she extracted from garden soil. If ethanol can be successfully made from xylose then ethanol production …

TU Delft Licenses Sustainable Ethanol Technology to DSM
March 4, 2011 – 9:20 am | No Comment

(Delft University of Technology)   TU Delft and the Kluyver Centre have developed an innovative technology for efficient production of bioethanol from agricultural waste and licensed it to the Life Sciences and Material Sciences company …

his Microbe’s For You: Brewery Waste Becomes Scientific Fodder For Producing Liquid Biofuels
March 1, 2011 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Red Orbit)  Gaining new insight into how efficiently the microbes in large bioreactors produce methane from brewery waste, Cornell scientists hope to use their new knowledge to shape these microbial communities to produce liquid biofuels …

The Brew Barons: Masters of Advanced Fermentation, Driving the Redefinition of Biofuels: Pt 1
March 1, 2011 – 8:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Is there enough energy, food, fiber and feed for all? Advances in industrial fermentation – a/k/a an incredulous “you’re making what? from what? using what? – will be the key to answering that …

Gearing up for Bagasse
February 21, 2011 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  KL Energy Corp. is preparing to validate its modified process technology to turn sugarcane bagasse into ethanol.

As the bitter winter turns to spring in the tiny town of Upton, …

Seaweed Study Boosts Prospects for Marine Biofuels
February 9, 2011 – 6:34 am | No Comment

(EnvironmentalExpert.com)  Seaweed biofuel farms have come a step closer to reality with an improvement in the way seaweed sugars can be converted to ethanol. Dried seaweed can be fermented to produce ethanol but breaking down …

Team Overcomes Major Obstacles to Cellulosic Biofuel Production
December 30, 2010 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert/University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana)  A newly engineered yeast strain can simultaneously consume two types of sugar from plants to produce ethanol, researchers report. The sugars are glucose, a six-carbon sugar that is relatively easy to …

“Green Genes” in Yeast May Boost Biofuel Production
December 23, 2010 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(Innovations Report)  An effort to increase biofuel production has led scientists to discover genes in yeast that improve their tolerance to ethanol, allowing them to produce more ethanol from the same amount of nutrients.

This study, published …

Seaweed as Biofuel? Metabolic Engineering Makes It a Viable Option
December 17, 2010 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(PhysOrg.com)   Is red seaweed a viable future biofuel? Now that a University of Illinois metabolic engineer has developed a strain of yeast that can make short work of fermenting galactose, the answer is an unequivocal …

Bioengineers Develop Bacterial Strain That Could Increase Ethanol Production
December 14, 2010 – 9:02 am | No Comment

(Wiley Press Room/Renewable Energy World)  A team of Bioengineers in the United States have modified a strain of bacteria to increase its ability to produce ethanol. The research, published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, reveals how …

Using Yeast to Build a Better Plastic
December 9, 2010 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  NYU-Poly Chemist Uses Yeast, Plant Oils to Produce Super-Durable Recyclable Plastic. Next Step: Transforming It into Biofuel

Dr. Richard Gross, professor of chemical and biological science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), …

Evaluation Proves Taurus Energy Yeast
November 22, 2010 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine) SEKAB E-Technology and Taurus Energy AB have successfully carried out a three-week long industrial demo scale evaluation of Taurus Energy’s yeast. The yeast has been specially developed, and, in contrast to ordinary …

iDiverse Modifies Yeast to Excel under Stress
October 27, 2010 – 7:55 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Using a proprietary gene construct, California-based iDiverse has successfully modified yeast to be highly resistant to a number of lethal stresses normally encountered in the bioproduction of fuel …

Cellodextrin Transport in Yeast for Improved Biofuel Production
October 18, 2010 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan M. Galazka,  Chaoguang Tian,  William T. Beeson, Bruno Martinez, N. Louise Glass, Jamie H. D. Cate    (Science) Fungal degradation of plant biomass may provide insights for improving cellulosic biofuel production. We show that the …

Sekab Trials Corn Waste Ethanol Production
September 28, 2010 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Swedish ethanol producer Sekab and Swedish technology specialist Taurus Energy will next month begin trialling the production of ethanol from corn waste. 

The trials will take place at Sekab’s ethanol demonstration plant in Ornskoldsvik, northern …

Waste-Based Microbial Oil set to Become a Raw Material for Renewable Diesel
September 24, 2010 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corporation)  Neste Oil has applied for patents to cover technology developed to produce microbial oil from waste and residues with the help of various yeasts and molds for use as a feedstock for its …

Engineering Yeast Can Make Biofuels Commercially Viable
September 13, 2010 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by John Timmer (Ars Technica)  …Cellulose is a very long polymer of sugar molecules. Yeast will happily use those sugars to produce ethanol, but it can’t get at them while they’re trapped in cellulose. As …

Indianapolis-Based Xylogenics Licenses Yeast Strain to Ethanol Producer
August 30, 2010 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Indianapolis Business Journal)  Indianapolis-based bioengineering firm Xylogenics Inc. has licensed its proprietary yeast strain to a Milwaukee firm that is a supplier to the fuel-ethanol industry. It is the first such licensing agreement for Xylogenics.

Lallemand …

Scientist IDs Genes that Promise to Make Biofuel Production More Efficient, Economical
August 20, 2010 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert)  A University of Illinois metabolic engineer has taken the first step toward the more efficient and economical production of biofuels by developing a strain of yeast with increased alcohol tolerance.

Biofuels are produced through microbial fermentation …

Jet Fuel from Plants: A Way to Get a High-Energy Fuel out of an Abundant and Renewable Resource.
August 12, 2010 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Nidhi Subbaraman  (Technology Review)  …The company, Gevo, has engineered a yeast that helps transform the cellulose found in wood chips and plant stalks into butanol, an ingredient of gasoline. The researchers can then modify …

Promising Ethanol Yeast Nears Market Launch
August 12, 2010 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(Xylogencis, Inc.)  …Two-year-old Xylogenics Inc. also says it plans to license its first bioengineered yeast later this year. This version is intended to boost yields and lower costs of making the automotive fuel ethanol at …

Construction Begins on £25m UK Facility for Bioenergy Research
July 7, 2010 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(ClickGreen)  Work has begun on construction of a multi-million pound research facility for bioenergy and biofuels, brewing technology and food and drink processing at The University of Nottingham.

The Bioenergy Centre, the first of its kind …

DSM and Roquette to Start Bio-Based Succinic Acid Joint Venture
June 29, 2010 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(DSM)  At the 7th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, taking place this week in Washington D.C. (United States), DSM and Roquette will elaborate on a recent technical breakthrough and proprietary process for the manufacture of …

Super-Yeast Generates Ethanol From Energy Crops And Agricultural Residues
June 26, 2010 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Red Orbit)  A new type of baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) has been developed which can efficiently ferment pentose sugars, as found in agricultural waste and hardwoods. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Biotechnology for …

Portrait of a Transformative Technology: Qteros and Its Q Microbe
June 18, 2010 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …McCarthy arrived less than a year ago from a long stretch at Verenium, where he was the key executive in the strategic partnership and investment from BP. Before Verenium, he …

Silver Nanoparticles Mitigate the Cell Damage Caused by Ethanol, Study Suggests
June 18, 2010 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Science Digest)  A new article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) describes how nanoparticles formed by very small numbers of silver atoms can protect against the cell damage caused by ethanol.

The study …

Biomass Derived Pentoses November 14-16 Reims, France
June 17, 2010 – 1:53 pm | No Comment
Biomass Derived Pentoses November 14-16 Reims, France

The term biorefining embraces a wide range of processes that are designed to transform biomass into a variety of products, including fuels, chemicals and materials. The development of the technologies that will underpin future biorefining …

Biobutanol – the Fuel to Leap the Blend Wall?
June 15, 2010 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Digest readers who closely analyze the Advanced Biofuels Tracking Database will have noticed that, commencing in 2012, biobutanol is scheduled to grow rapidly from pilot stage today to more than 500 …

Firm Looks to China for Biofuel Technology Agreement
June 1, 2010 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Max Showalter (JCOnline.com)  A startup company at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette has developed an innovative yeast-based cellulosic ethanol technology and will get a big boost Wednesday and Thursday in Beijing. 

Representatives of Green …

Wine-Making Yeast Shows Promise for Bioethanol Production
May 18, 2010 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Science Centric)  Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a gene in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae that might be important for ethanol production from plant material, providing insights into the bioethanol alternative to …

Novozymes and Nedalco to Improve Biofuel Production
May 11, 2010 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Novozymes)  Novozymes, the world leader in biofuel enzymes, and Royal Nedalco, a leading yeast developer and ethanol producer, collaborate to develop a new fermentation process that can efficiently ferment C5 and C6 sugars. Fermentation of both …

Butamax: Portrait of a Biobutanol Strategic Investment by BP and Dupont
April 30, 2010 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BiofuelsDigest)  …Also, what exactly is up with biobutanol, perhaps the most important fuel you never heard of  — one that is gaining serious traction among bioenergy cognoscenti as a more perfect solution …

LS9 Fuel Receives EPA Registration
April 14, 2010 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba   (Biodiesel Magazine)   LS9 Inc. announced that its trademarked UltraClean Diesel fuel has been officially registered with the U.S. EPA, now making it eligible for commercial sale in the U.S.

…The company’s technology is …

Direct Production of Biodiesel from the Fungus M. circinelloides; Opportunity to Enhance Yield with Genetic Engineering
April 12, 2010 – 9:15 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers in Spain have demonstrated the direct transformation of biomass consisting of the fungus M. circinelloides into biodiesel compliant with ASTM D6751 and EN14213 and 14214 standards. A paper on their work …

Verdezyne and Lallemand Ethanol Technology Partner to Develop and Commercialize Novel Yeast for Enhanced Ethanol Production
April 9, 2010 – 9:43 am | No Comment

 Verdezyne, Inc., an industrial biotechnology company, and Lallemand Ethanol Technology, a global provider of yeast to the fuel ethanol industry, April 7, 2010, announced they have signed an agreement to develop and commercialize a genetically …

A Different Route to Corn-Based Fuel
March 23, 2010 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (New York Times)  Jack Huttner, the executive vice president of Gevo, a five-year old company in Englewood, Colo., would like to take over an ethanol plant and, using the same base …

University of Queensland Institute Ignites Plans for Jet Biofuel
March 11, 2010 – 3:55 pm | One Comment

(Queensland Business Review)  The University of Queensland (UQ) has entered into a new agreement with an American alternative energy company to turn Queensland sugar cane into jet biofuel.

Researchers from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering & …