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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 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 …

Prebiotics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ISOthrive technology
January 19, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Each microbe makes a contribution to your health; some directly, indirectly, it’s an orchestra and they have to be in tune,” says our old friend Jack Oswald, a serial entrepreneur …

Harnessing the Biofuel Power of Algae
January 2, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip  (Brownfield Ag News)  New research at Michigan State University has the potential to create a biofuel source produced by algae.

Plant researcher Danny Ducat tells Brownfield certain algae bacteria can capture more solar …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Harnessing Biotechnology to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Production
April 12, 2016 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (US Department of Energy) … From expanding the potential of diverse microbial systems to enhancing the biocatalytic capabilities of enzymes, the application of biotechnology is accelerating the development of the advanced biofuel industry.

The …

Using Microbial Consortia May Boost Success of Biotechnologies
March 18, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Around the world, researchers are studying microbes to see if these tiny organisms can be used to solve a host of problems, from cleaning up toxic waste to providing renewable energy. Unfortunately, attempts to …

Engineering Microorganisms for Bio-Based Products: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to enEvolv
November 23, 2015 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  enEvolv engineers microorganisms to produce bio-based products. We work with partners in therapeutics, nutrition, energy and specialty chemicals to improve existing strains and develop novel ones. Our technologies harness and …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas

Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

Methane-Munching Platform Microbe: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Intrexon Energy
November 10, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Intrexon’s proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the potential to transform the gas-to-liquids (GTL) industry through use of optimized microbial cell lines to convert natural gas into higher carbon compounds such …

Marginal Soil Can Make for Good Biofuel Crops
October 23, 2015 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)  Switchgrass, a perennial native to the tallgrass prairie, is one of the most promising bioenergy crops in the United States, with potential to provide high-yield biomass on marginal soils unsuitable for …

The Building Block Builders: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber
September 23, 2015 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived …

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 …

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 …

At a Crossroads, Biofuels Seek a New Path Forward
July 6, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Richard Martin (MIT Technology Review)  New microbes and new techniques show promise for advanced biofuels, but the industry is still years away from real progress.  Attempting to chart a path forward for the beleaguered biofuels …

Gina Lewin Explores How Ants Break Down Cellulose
April 9, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … In the summer of 2009, Gina Lewin participated in a National Science Foundation-funded program called Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), which invites college juniors and seniors to join …

Biofuels Research Uncovers Natural Fungicide
April 9, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) reported today (March 9, 2015) the discovery of a chemical compound called poacic acid that could eventually be …

UBC Research Looks to Boost Sustainable Bioenergy
November 19, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Two new Genome BC-funded projects led by UBC researchers will harness microbial community research to help tackle sustainable development challenges in biofuel and BC shale gas development.

The initiatives, led by UBC microbiologist …

Bacteria Found in Cow Rumens Could Be Harnessed to Process Biofuel
September 25, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  What do biofuels look like on the Wisconsin landscape? Some might think of corn or switchgrass. But what about that herd of cows?  What you can’t see might fool you. Cows are …

AFM-IR Used to Study and Optimize Biofuel-Producing Microbes
March 4, 2014 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(AZONano.com)  Anasys Instruments reports on the publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters demonstrating the use of AFM-IR used by French researchers to identify best microbes for biofuel production.

While the debate over using crops …

The Digest’s Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14
January 3, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.  For Fuel of the Year, Renewable …

Monsanto and Novozymes Team Up to Provide Sustainable Bioagricultural Solutions
December 11, 2013 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Monsanto)  The companies establish The BioAg Alliance to discover, develop and sell microbial solutions that enable farmers worldwide to increase crop yields with less input

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and Novozymes (NASDAQ OMX: NZYM B) today announce a …

Space, the Biobased Frontier: Hot Biotechnologies for the Big Beyond
October 22, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen biofuels technologies may be key to making the International Space Station cost effective — not to mention, other destinations in the NASA agenda.  Which may explain why a high-tech …

Helping Bacteria Tolerate Biofuels
September 19, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Erika Gebel Berg  (Chemical and Engineering News)  Protein Engineering: Scientists evolve a bacterial protein pump that pulls butanol out of cells to make microbes into better biofuel factories

Biologists can engineer microorganisms to make biofuels, …

Symbiosis Conference: Expanding Commercialization of Mutualistic Microbes to Increase Bioenergy Crop Production June 20–21, 2013 Ithaca, New York
June 15, 2013 – 4:25 pm | No Comment
Symbiosis Conference: Expanding Commercialization of Mutualistic Microbes to Increase Bioenergy Crop Production   June 20–21, 2013    Ithaca, New York

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a conference on expanding commercialization of products incorporating mutualistic microbes in order to increase biomass production. The conference will be held on June 20–21, 2013, …

Oxygen for High Altitudes: 17 Biofuels Ventures Raise $434M in Equity
April 8, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite the sluggish economic recovery and questions over policy stability — biofuels ventures have been busy raising lots of capital.   In the past 6 months, $434 million.   Who got what, …

Algenetix Raises $2M in Series A Funding Round, Aims to Boost Algae Oil Accumulation
April 5, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Algenetix, an industrial biotech company incubated from the pipeline of Kapyon Ventures has closed $2.0M in Series A-1 funding to further commercialize its PhotoSeed platform.

The groundbreaking technology vastly …

Lawrence Berkeley Lab Says Principle Proven on New Ionic Liquid Pretreatment Process for Biofuels
January 28, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lawrence Berkeley Lab has developed a new technology that enables the engineering of host microorganisms suitable for biofuel processing using ionic liquid pretreatment. It may also enable fermentation under septic …

15 Biobased Companies in the 2012 Cleantech 100
October 3, 2012 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …15 biobased and biofuels companies were named to the Global Cleantech 100 by the Cleantech Group, which said that it examined more than 6,000 companies in the Cleantech 100 process. …

Hey Kids! Grab Your Scissors and Glue! Fun, Transformative Things to Do with Bacteria!
July 5, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Of all the microbes we know – and, basically, the human body is a boutique hotel for hosting them, with researchers now estimating that for every human cell in a …

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 …

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 …

AE Biofuels Announces Acquisition of Industrial Biotechnology Company Zymetis
July 6, 2011 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

(Bradenton)  Company Expands Technology Portfolio to Include Production of Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Fuels by the Conversion of Existing Ethanol and Biodiesel Production Facilities

AE Biofuels, Inc. (OTC:AEBF), a global advanced biofuels company, announced today that …

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 …

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 …

LS9, Inc., U.C. Berkeley, and JBEI Make Major Breakthrough in Cellulosic Fuels Production
February 1, 2010 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

LS9, the Renewable Petroleum Company(TM), today announced a major breakthrough in the ability to make cellulosic-derived advanced biofuels. A collaborative team of researchers from LS9, Inc, the University of California at Berkeley, and the U.S. …