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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 …

Sierra Club Threatens to Sue EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations
February 24, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The Sierra Club has filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to conduct the required environmental impact analysis on the Renewable …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute
December 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.

The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity …

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 …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
December 14, 2016 – 12:29 pm | 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, sugar …

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016
December 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 …

Scientists at IIT Kharagpur Find a Way to Extract Biofuel from Common Aquatic Weeds
December 7, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Tech2) Scientists at Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur have unlocked the secret to ramp up yields of biofuel sourced from commonly found aquatic weeds such as water hyacinths. In a new study published on December …

White House Decarbonization Report Addresses Biofuels, Biomass
November 17, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects
November 15, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers
November 14, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This …

Biofuels Researchers Engineer Plant Lignin and Explain Evolutionary Path
October 21, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(AZO CleanTech)  In 2014, researchers announced the successful engineering of a poplar plant “designed for deconstruction.” The finding caught the attention of the global scientific community. The highly degradable poplar was the first of its …

‘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 …

The Rise of Organic Manufacturing: Ginkgo, Amyris, Genomatica’s Circle of Innovation Is a Trend to Watch
September 30, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The factories of old — a technological wave that swept in with the Industrial Revolution — these were inorganic manufacturing centers, and they are now the wave of the past.

They …

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
September 15, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

Alliance Releases Data from CTS Cellulosic Ethanol Multiple Feedstock Testing. Results Conclusive: CTS Economically Superior to Existing Cellulosic Conversion Processes
September 9, 2016 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.) Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is very pleased to release the results from months of testing and data collection on dozens of lignocellulose feedstocks utilizing the patented CTS conversion process.  …

What Role Can Biofuels Play in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
August 23, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by David Suzuki (EcoWatch)  The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner …

Giant King Grass and Its Bioconversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Viaspace
August 23, 2016 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Direct Combustion, Anaerobic Digestion, Cellulosic Biofuels, Biochemicals, and Animal Feed: these are just some of the markets envisioned for a fast-growing grass known as Giant King Grass.  With composition like corn stover or …

Scientists Discover New Way to Make Energy from Garden Grass
July 26, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A team of UK researchers, including experts from Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute, have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass with the help of sunlight and a …

Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study
July 21, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products.

“In the biorefinery field, …

Study Shows Trees with Altered Lignin Are Better for Biofuels
June 29, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Fundamental enzyme study leads to increased access to bioenergy feedstocks and improves ethanol yield by modifying plant cell wall structures.

Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds …

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
June 22, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis. Scientists then use catalysts to remove oxygen …

The Library of Bioenergy Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Feedstock Repository and Tools
June 20, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Bioenergy Feedstock Library is a physical sample repository and database for physical, chemical and conversion performance characteristics of biomass feedstock.

The library provides tools to store, record, track, retrieve, and analyze data to help …

Research Examines Obstacles to Making Biofuel from Perennial Plants
June 17, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(University of Arkansas)   A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of …

VIASPACE CTO Presents Giant King® Grass At Bioenergy Feedstocks Conference In Miami
June 13, 2016 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(Viaspace/PR Newswire)  VIASPACE CTO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, made an invited presentation on Giant King Grass at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference – Feedstocks held in Miami, Florida June 6-8, 2016.

The Conference, organized by Biofuels Digest …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
May 19, 2016 – 11:30 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, …

Farmers to Have Role in Changing Ethanol Industry
May 4, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Rose Spangler (Lancaster Farming)  Ethanol isn’t a new concept. Using corn to make it isn’t either. And Pennsylvania even has a plant to create it, Pennsylvania Grain Processing LLC in Clearfield, which is capable …

Can Biofuel Crops and Cover Crops Coexist?
April 6, 2016 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Young (AgriNews)  Cover crop and row crop biofuels systems can work together. They may have to as the Renewable Fuel Standard spurs increased demand for biofuels while many are calling for more controls …

Key Projects and Trends: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-in Fuels 2020
April 1, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the second slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — highlights from …

Lincoln Park Professor Nets $450K Grant for Biofuel Research
March 23, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by William Westhoven (Parsippany, NJ Daily Record) A Lincoln Park educator has been awarded a $450,000 grant to help fund continued research into the development of biofuel alternatives in certain regions of the United States.

Montclair State …

Whatever Happened to Jatropha, and All Those Other Wonder Feedstocks?
March 7, 2016 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … If jatropha faltered, never mind, went the argument, we’ll always have switchgrass. Or giant miscanthus, or pongamia, or poplar, or camelina. The list could get really long. For example, try …

Best for Biofuels
February 24, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave Evensen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Research finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems  —  … Researchers at the University of Illinois used detailed models to examine impacts …

Chempolis’ Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Heads for Commercial-Scale in India
February 15, 2016 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Chempolis’ multi-year quest to build cellulosic ethanol in India finds a happy landing.  —  In India, €110 million joint venture cellulosic ethanol project of Chempolis Ltd and Numaligarh Refinery Limited …

NETL Carbon Capture Technologies to Be Used in Commercial Biomass-to Biofuel Conversion Process with Power Generation
January 28, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(National Energy Technology Laboratory) The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has granted a license for two patented sorbent technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from streams of mixed gases and enable cleaner, more-efficient energy production from …

Switchgrass Key to Future Plant Hardiness?
January 13, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Agri-View/Renewable Energy World)  The relationship between a prairie grass such as switchgrass and naturally occurring microbes may help shed light on growing hardier plants for livestock and humans. Understanding how microbes promote prairie grasses to …

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 …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

Chempolis, Avantha Partner to Offer Cellulosic Technology
December 18, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Chempolis, Ltd.)  Chempolis Ltd., a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with Avantha Group’s research wing Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development to offer technology to India to extract ethanol from various agricultural residues …

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release
December 11, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbette (Texas A&M AgriLife)   …  Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, …

Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial
October 29, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng and Daniel Adams (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Earlier this year, we highlighted five cost-saving harvesting technologies that private companies and universities developed through $21 million in 2009 funding from the Bioenergy …

Three Sustainability Tools Are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels
October 28, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson and Alicia Moulton  (U.S. Department of Energy)  At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and …

The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Nova’s Scenarios for Biomass Supply through 2050
October 26, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Piotrowski, Michael Carus and Roland Essel (nova-Institut /Biofuels Digest) How much biomass can be sustainably produced globally by 2050? How much of the demand for food, feed, materials, bioenergy and biofuels can be met …

Woody Biomass Converted to Gasoline by Five-Company Team
October 22, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Elliot Levine (US Department of Energy)  A five-company team led by Haldor Topsoe, and funded in part by the Energy Department, produced 10,000 gallons of gasoline from woody biomass, which included trees and wood …

Estonia Turns to Biomethane to Fuel Public Transport
September 29, 2015 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The government of Estonia has passed a bill which will secure a large investment into the Baltic country’s biomethane market and infrastructure.

In the expansion project’s pilot phase, the Estonian state will support the …

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future
September 21, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way, paving the way for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. — … There are, however, a handful …

Become an Informed Consumer and Investor in a Truly Sustainable Renewable Transportation Future
September 14, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Alberta Council of Technologies/Advanced Biofuels USA)  Myths and misunderstandings about biofuels abound.  You’ve heard them–food vs. fuel, land use change, energy return on energy invested, decreased mileage, harmful to engines, and more.

Nevertheless, …

Grant to Help Increase Biofuels Yield while Limiting Fertilizer Use
September 10, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University has earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize yields while minimizing fertilizer …

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa
July 16, 2015 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of energy, and today the evolution …

Finding an Off Switch in Wood Formation
July 8, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by D’Lyn Ford (North Carolina State University)  The same process plants use to respond to environmental stress acts as an on/off switch for a key enzyme in wood formation, NC State researchers have found.

The discovery improves …

Perennial Biofuel Crops’ Water Consumption Similar to Corn
July 7, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Converting large tracts of the Midwest’s marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and …

The 35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply in the Advanced Bioeconomy
June 30, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme took the #1 spot in the 2015 “35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply” rankings, announced today by The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily, at the …

Plowing Prairies for Grains: Biofuel Crops Replace Grasslands Nationwide, U.S. Study Shows
April 3, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but researchers show that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new …

Welcome to the Twilight Zone
January 27, 2015 – 1:27 pm | One Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine if you will a country with two natural resource industries. Both produce high demand products. One is the lowest priced producer on the planet and is able …

JBEI GT Collection: A New Resource for Advanced Biofuels Research
August 28, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Joint BioEnergy Institute/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. The idea behind …

Reassessment of Inter-related Biofuel, GHG and FFV Policies Needed
July 18, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Reports out of Washington this week that the Obama administration’s lengthy delay in releasing a final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending rule due to a White House desire to re-evaluate …

Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production: Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States
July 18, 2014 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (July 17, 2014) announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating …

Sweet Briar Plants Native Grasses for Biofuels
June 17, 2014 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(TimesDispatch.com) LYNCHBURG — Conservation researchers set about killing the grass on about 500 acres of land at Sweet Briar College this spring in preparation for a multiyear study that could have implications for landowners and environmentalists nationwide.

The …

18 Free Studies on 21 Next-Wave Biofuels Feedstocks
June 9, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Thought you knew everything there was to know about some of biofuels’ favorite feedstocks?  Here are 18 free reports that may dampen or re-ignite your enthusiasm.

…To bring you up to …

Better Yield Thanks to a Coal Waste Product
May 8, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Peter Rüegg (ETH Zurich)  Biofuel can be produced from wood, too. The key to this is the suitable pretreatment of the plant parts in order to break up the wood structure. Researchers at the Transport …

Changes in Land Use Promotes Biodiversity
December 30, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(University of Bern, Switzerland)  If grassland used intensively, biodiversity decreases. Particularly affected are rare species, a new study headed by Berner plant scientists shows. Such negative effects could be reduced if farmers would vary the …

Unlocking the Universe of Biobased (and Not So Biobased) Materials
November 20, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In Massachusetts, applied mathematicians Markos Katsoulakis and Luc Rey-Bellet of the University of Massachusetts Amherst will share a three-year, $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, with others, to develop …

Moves to Commercialize Cellulosic Ethanol March Ahead
August 28, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms (Farm Industry News)  Soon after hearing about Big Oil’s numerous challenges to the Renewable Fuel Standard, attendees of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop this summer, heard from producers forging ahead to commercialize cellulosic …

Turning Grass into Gas
August 26, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Barcott  (OnEarth.org)  Imagine a future in which airliners run on cornstalks and Navy ships ply the oceans on tanks of switchgrass. That day may at last be inching closer.

The promise of cellulosic biofuels …

The Need for the Renewable Fuel Standard
August 19, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)  …The state of Iowa is proving that our farmers can simultaneously produce the food, feed, fuel and fiber that our country needs.

During the past 30 years, we’ve witnessed tremendous growth …

Recent Land Use Change in the Western Corn Belt Threatens Grasslands and Wetlands
February 19, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Christopher K. Wright and Michael C. Wimberly (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   In the US Corn Belt, a recent doubling in commodity prices has created incentives for landowners to convert grassland to …

Sustainable Bioenergy and Grasslands on the Edge
February 15, 2013 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Crops)  There is an increasing interest worldwide on developing sustainable bioenergy alternatives for low competitive lands where food production profitability is scarce or where soils and climates  are not suited for traditional activities or …

Doing Corn Better and Doing Better than Corn for Biofuels: Recent Developments in the Field
February 1, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Like it or not, corn and corn ethanol production are large, established industries in the U.S. While they provide significant economic, energy, and environmental benefits for our …

Advanced Ethanol Council Releases Snapshot of Cellulosic Ethanol Production around the World
December 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as …

Direvo Introduces BluCon™ for the Conversion of Non-Food Biomass to Biofuel and Chemical Building Blocks
November 29, 2012 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(Direvo)  Direvo Industrial Biotechnology GmbH is commercializing its BluCon™– platform for complete, one-step conversion of non-food feedstocks to carbohydrates used in the production of fuels and chemicals. In the recent years Direvo has undertaken a …

Berkeley Fermentation Process Converts Sugar Directly to Diesel
November 7, 2012 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Robert Sanders (Biodiesel Magazine/UC Berkeley)  A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University …

On Marginal Land, These Grasses May Be Greener
October 16, 2012 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by  Kristofor Husted (KBIA)  In the parched, rolling hills of western Missouri, you might expect to see a desolate scene after this summer’s drought. But in this field, hip-high native grass sways across the landscape like …

Scientists Discover Genes to Better Grass to Energy Production
February 1, 2012 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC) have uncovered a series of genes which could help grasses being breed with better characteristics for bioenergy production.

The genes …

Future Prospects for Cereals That Fix Nitrogen
July 25, 2011 – 6:06 am | No Comment

by Perrin H. Beatty and Allen G. Good (Science Magazine)  Nitrogen availability is limiting to plant growth and has long been overcome through applications of synthetic nitrogen-rich fertilizer. This has revolutionized crop yield and food production worldwide, but …

Chain, Chain, Chain – Chain of Fuels: Birth of a Global Supply Chain for Biomass
June 27, 2011 – 7:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mendel CEO Neal Gutterson talks about miscanthus, and the role of the power sector as the driver of a global supply chain for biomass.

…The company’s IP lies in its understanding …

Valley Plants Plan to Make Corn-Free Ethanol
June 20, 2011 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Tim Sheehan (The Fresno Bee) Two plants aim for biofuels made without corn.

With corn prices up and demand rising, work is under way in the Valley to develop two biorefineries to make ethanol without …

Farmers Urged to Grow Grass for Use as Biofuel
March 29, 2011 – 8:02 am | No Comment

by John Colson (The Citizen Telegram)  A new kind of economic development is being pursued in the West.

Area ranchers and farmers are being urged to grow grass that can be converted to a liquid “biofuel,” …

Penn State Demonstrates Biofuel Crops for PA
January 25, 2011 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Kelsey McNeeley and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA/Lancaster Farming)  In 2002, Penn State University began using 20 percent (B20) biodiesel fuel on campus in the division of farm operations.  Because of their expertise in biodiesel, Penn …

Chromatin’s Yield Machine: Is Instant Gene-Stacking a Game-Changer for Energy Crops?
January 19, 2011 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, Chromatin announced the successful first demonstration that genes can be assembled, stacked, and expressed in sugarcane using the company’s mini-chromosome technology.

Now, what exactly is a gene stack and …

Study Estimates Land Available for Biofuel Crops
January 11, 2011 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana)  Using detailed land analysis, Illinois researchers have found that biofuel crops cultivated on available land could produce up to half of the world’s current fuel consumption – without affecting food crops or …

Biofuel Grasslands for the Birds
January 10, 2011 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Tim Wall (Discovery News)  Picture the vibrant wildflowers and swaying grasses of prairies covering the Midwestern United States once again, teeming with wildlife and requiring very little management from people, yet providing a renewable …

2nd Annual Agroforestry Symposium January 12, 2011 Columbia, MO
December 13, 2010 – 11:33 am | No Comment
2nd Annual Agroforestry Symposium   January 12, 2011   Columbia, MO

Experts from across the country will discuss the role of bioenergy crops for meeting renewable energy goals at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry’s second annual symposium, Jan. 12, 2011.

The program, “Meeting Renewable Energy …

BP Sees Biofuel Growth from U.S. Grass, Brazil Sugar
November 8, 2010 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Laura MacInnis   (Reuters)  BP is focusing its biofuel efforts on Brazilian sugar cane and U.S. energy grasses, holding off on investments in the rest of the world for the moment, a senior executive of the …

Grasses Have Potential as Alternate Ethanol Crop, Illinois Study Finds
November 3, 2010 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  Money may not grow on trees, but energy could grow in grass. Researchers at the University of Illinois have completed the first extensive geographic yield and economic analysis of potential bioenergy grass crops in the …

Ban on Field Burning Prompts Plan to Convert Straw to Energy
September 13, 2010 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Dana Tims (The Oregonian)  …They propose breaking ground next year on a $25 million bioenergy park somewhere in the Willamette Valley.

The multi-faceted facility would convert straw and other waste materials into saleable products such …

DOE Announces Awards for up to $16.5 Million for Biomass Research and Development
September 9, 2010 – 7:45 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced September 8, 2010, the investment of up to $16.5 million for two major research and development (R&D) initiatives that will support the expansion of renewable transportation …

USDA and DOE Partnership Seeks to Develop Better Plants for Bioenergy
September 3, 2010 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research awards under a joint DOE-USDA program aimed at improving and accelerating genetic breeding programs to create plants better suited for …

VIASPACE Presents Giant King Grass at International BIOMASS Conference in Minneapolis
May 12, 2010 – 7:46 am | No Comment

(VIASPACE)  VIASPACE Inc., a clean energy company growing Giant KingTM Grass as a low-carbon, renewable energy crop, announced that  Chief Executive Dr. Carl Kukkonen made an invited presentation at the International BIOMASS Conference and Expo held …

Sustainable Biofuels from Forests, Grasslands and Rangelands
May 7, 2010 – 8:55 am | No Comment

(Ecological Society of America)  Analyzing biofuel sources and predicting effects on water, soil and the atmosphere:  The promise of switchgrass, the challenges for forests and the costs of corn-based ethanol production: Ecological scientists review the many …

Sustainable Feedstock Resource Availability:The Regional Feedstock Partnership: Herbaceous Energy Crops and CRP Land for Biomass Production Across Environmental Gradients
April 13, 2010 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Vance Owens (South Dakota State University). He stated that the overall objective was to” perform replicated field trials of diverse biomass feedstocks at different locations,” and in this way to determine the most promising …

Highlands County, FL, Still Waiting for Biofuels
March 24, 2010 – 8:26 am | No Comment

by Gary Pinnell (Highlands Today)   In April 2008, Congressman Tim Mahoney told county commissioners that Highlands was poised to become “the biofuels capital of America.” They were expected to produce hundreds of jobs and millions …

New Genome Sequence Will Aid Study of Important Food, Fuel Crops
March 22, 2010 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

A global initiative that includes key scientists from Oregon State University has successfully sequenced the genome of the wild grass Brachypodium distachyon, which will serve as a model to speed research on improved varieties of …

Everyday Grass Could Provide Green Fuel
February 22, 2010 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

Researchers at the  (Teesside) University’s Contaminated Land and Water Centre began the project in 2004 to see which plants could best be grown on brownfield sites as a way of improving unsightly blots on the …

Miscanthus, Sweet Sorghum, Energy Cane Advancing at SERC
February 18, 2010 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Mississippi, MSU professor Brian Baldwin provided an update on feedstock research at the MSU’s Sustainable Energy Research Center, where a focus on biofuels grasses has produced the recently licensed Freedom …

In Search of Wildlife-Friendly Biofuels: Could Native Prairie Plants Be the Answer
October 2, 2009 – 7:46 am | One Comment

…  In a paper published in the latest issue of the journal BioScience, David Flaspohler, Joseph Fargione and colleagues analyze the impacts on wildlife of the burgeoning conversion of grasslands to corn for ethanol production …

Prairie Grass Experiment at Fermilab’s Campus
June 3, 2009 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

As part of an effort to develop a new collection of alternative fuels, ecologist Julie Jastrow and her colleagues from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago planted …

Polyculture of Wild Grasses
April 9, 2009 – 7:52 am | No Comment

(Green Transport and Energy)  …  But the problems of degradation and soil erosion by intensive monocultures must also be taken into account.

To solve these issues, in the last few decades researchers have studied the advantage …

Changes in Soil Organic Carbon under Biofuel Crops
February 27, 2009 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira, Sarah C. Davis, Michael D. Masters and Evan H. Delucia  (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)   One potentially significant impact of growing biofuel crops will be the sequestration or release of carbon (C) in …