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Advanced Fermentation Agitation with Methanotrophs and Other Organisms
August 9, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Fermentation processes, both aerobic and anaerobic, have been successful on an industrial scale for quite a long time, producing a wide variety of products. In most of …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Verdezyne
July 4, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Verdezyne is a privately held industrial biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing novel genetically engineered microorganisms for use as “factories” to manufacture renewable chemicals. Verdezyne’s unique microorganisms permit greener, …

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
June 28, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

Little Big Ally: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ginkgo BioWorks
May 17, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ginkgo Bioworks designs custom microbes for customers across multiple markets. We build our foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Organism engineers at Ginkgo …

A New Hydrocarbon Brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion
February 16, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the project team behind this presentation explains, there’s trouble right here in River City when it comes to accessing good market and technical data on making hydrocarbons from a …

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 …

EPA Biotech Review Staff Prepares To Handle Engineered Microorganism TSCA Submissions
November 16, 2016 – 6:54 am | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  On November 9, 2016, Inside EPA published “New TSCA Requirements Raise Challenges To EPA Biotech Review Staff” (subscription required), outlining what EPA has done to adapt to revised Toxic …

Bacteria Turn Trees into Pollution-Eating Machines
November 14, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anthony King (Horizon Magazine)  Hacking trees by adding bacteria to their roots could help scrub contaminated soil clean of chemicals and metals from industrial spillages and fallouts, a process known as gentle remediation.

Once the …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Evonik in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 8, 2016 – 5:22 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 at …

US Researchers Get Go Ahead to Genetically Engineer Bacteria to Boost Bioethanol Production
August 4, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  lllinois Institute of Technology researchers have 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 …

Biological Wizardry Ferments Carbon Monoxide into Biofuel
July 27, 2016 – 11:32 pm | No Comment

(Cornell University/EurekAlert!)  Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide – a common industrial waste gas.
“Instead of having the waste go …

Heat-Loving Microbe Engineered to Produce Bioalcohols for Fuel
July 5, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Study reports first significant alcohol production by an archaeon. —  The U.S. bioethanol industry depends largely on turning a certain sugar into the simple two-carbon alcohol, the biofuel ethanol. Interest has …

Technology, Biology, Automation, Computation: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Zymergen
December 4, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s Zymergen? As they put it, “We believe in harnessing the power of biology to make transformative products that are good for business, people and the environment. By applying the …

First Commercial! Construction Underway in Minnesota for Green Biologics
December 4, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In Minnesota, construction is now underway at the Green Biologics bio-based n-butanol and acetone manufacturing facility in Little Falls, MN. The existing manufacturing site, formerly known as The Central …

EPA Holds Workshop For Input On Risk Assessment Of Genetically Engineered Algae
October 2, 2015 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®))   On September 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a workshop on genetically engineered (GE) algae to give stakeholders an opportunity to hear about EPA’s …

BESC Creates Microbe that Bolsters Isobutanol Production
August 17, 2015 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10.
The finding of the …

The Three Microb-eteers: Methanogens, Methanotrophs, Acetogens and Knallgas Bacteria
July 31, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Which microbes achieve a better, faster, cheaper transformation of the world around us?  …  Down there in the mud, too small to be seen with the naked eye, are some …

Oakbio Announces New Green Biofuel Production Platform
May 15, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(Oakbio/Digital Journal)  his ecoli based microbe platform expands the sources of waste materials Oakbio can convert to green, renewable fuels and other chemicals to include agricultural and municipal waste products.
Oakbio announced today (May 14, 2015) …

“Faces” Debuts: New Original Series on the Advanced Bioeconomy
February 6, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s first original series, Faces, debuts episode #1 for online viewing and download. More new episodes and new programs to come. … the one-to-one interview program Faces. It’s here.
Episode #1 …

X-Crobes: Kuraray Invests in Amyris, What’s Next for Synth-Bio and Performance Molecules?
April 2, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In California, Amyris and Kuraray announced the expansion and extension of their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene.
Amyris and Kuraray launched the collaboration …

Colorado State University Researchers Explore Creating Biofuels through Photosynthesis
July 23, 2013 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Colorado State University)  An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to research new routes to the sustainable production of biofuels using photosynthetic bacteria.
“The purpose of …

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: Europe, Asia and Australia
March 26, 2013 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  In two blog entries in 2010, I described the possible regulatory regimes that might affect the use of genetically modified microorganisms or plants in the production of biofuels or bio-based chemicals, …

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: North and South America and Africa
March 19, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  … The use of genetically modified microorganisms (GMOs) in manufacturing will likely face a fairly straightforward regulatory process in most countries, because such “contained” uses will generally pose far fewer hypothetical …

Engineering Microbes for Sustainable Manufacturing and Better Biofuels
October 26, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Ysabel Yates (Renewable Energy World)   …Using microbes to create useful products is nothing new. Humans have been doing it for centuries to bake bread or brew alcohol, for example.  More recent techniques have …

Burning Man, Burning Microbe: Biofuels beyond Biomass
October 15, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are they biofuels? We think so – even if they are post-biomass. They do what organisms have done for eons to make biomass in the first place: convert lifeless CO2, …

BioTork Announces Collaboration with BASF
June 14, 2012 – 9:59 am | No Comment

(BioTork)  Harnessing the Power of Adaptive Evolution to Further Improve the Efficiency of Metabolic Engineering
BioTork announces collaboration with BASF to optimize certain microbial strains for the industrial production of bio-based polymers and green chemicals. After six …

The New Biofactories
January 20, 2012 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Robert Carlson (What Matters)  …Amyris Biotechnologies has modified yeast to transform sugar into useful compounds, including malaria drugs and biofuels that can substitute for today’s jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline. The company will begin …

Biofuels Face a Reality Check
December 28, 2011 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Sommer  (KQED)  …The idea behind biofuels is pretty simple. Plants take sunlight and use that energy to make sugars. The biofuels industry wants to transform those sugars into fuel. That requires some molecular …

E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels
December 5, 2011 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) Researchers Reach Milestone on the Road to Biofuels
A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel …

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 …

Computer Software Helps Engineer Organisms
July 22, 2011 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by John Roach (MSNBC)  Could lead to microbes that produce drugs and biofuels
A computer software program is outfitting biotechnology companies with the ability to determine the genetic plans they need to engineer microorganisms for the …

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 …

Seventh U.S. Patent Issued to Dyadic International
February 21, 2011 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic)  Dyadic International, Inc., a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzyme and protein products and solutions for the bioenergy, industrial enzyme and biopharmaceutical industries, announced today that it …

Bovine Bellies Yield Clues for New Biofuels
February 6, 2011 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Maggie Fox (Reuters)  Researchers looking for better ways to make biofuels turned to experts at breaking down grass — cattle — and found more than a dozen new compounds in their guts that might …

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 …

Hydrocarbon Fuels: Renewable Petroleum Products and Technologies
August 4, 2010 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Stephen del Cardayre (Vice President of Research and Development, LS9)   LS9 has focused efforts on the development of a renewable biodiesel that will eventually be cost-competitive with petroleum without subsidies. Del Cardayre details the microbial …

Exploring Algae as Fuel
July 27, 2010 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Pollack  (New York Times)  …“We’ve probably engineered over 4,000 strains,” said Mike Mendez, a co-founder and vice president for technology at Sapphire Energy, the owner of the laboratory. “My whole goal here at …

Accelerating Production of Advanced Biofuels with Industrial Biotech Breakthroughs
April 17, 2008 – 11:46 am | No Comment

From the open plenary session of the Biomass 2008 Conference.   Download PDF.