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Potato Waste Processing May Be the Road to Enhanced Food Waste Conversion
August 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University/Phys.Org)  With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently …

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars
August 9, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy has a goal of developing industrially-relevant strains to meet titer, rate, and yield targets for fuel precursors for the 2022 BC Platform cost target goals of …

Sugarlogix Researchers Go from Fuel to Food
July 24, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In California, two cofounders of Sugarlogix went from engineering yeast for cellulose based fuel production and refining biofuel fermentation processes to cultivating prebiotic sugars that could be good for your …

Xylogenics Announces GX-1 Yeast Technology
June 29, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Xylogenics)  Indiana-based Xylogenics announced today the release of a new strain design for its patented GX-1 yeast production and fermentation process. The efficiencies created by the newest strain design will have an immediate impact on …

“Packers” Yeast, Newly Identified by a UW–Madison Undergrad, Uncovers a Decades-Old Mistake in the Yeast Family Tree
June 23, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Chris Barncard (University of Wisconsin-Madison)   When Max Haase set out for a walk in Green Bay’s Baird Creek Nature Preserve on a May day in 2015, it was pretty normal stuff. Baird Creek was …

The Low pH Edge: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Reverdia
June 7, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Eduardo Baral (Novvi/Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

UW–Madison Partners with Bonduel School District on Innovative Science Education
May 31, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Leslie Shown (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  If science classes at Bonduel Middle School had a rallying cry it would be, “Don’t expect to find the answers in the book!” And Lisa Sorlie, enthusiastic advocate …

New Capabilities for Genome-Wide Engineering of Yeast
May 17, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Claudia Lutz (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois)  New approach combines synthetic biology, genome editing tools, and automation to quickly and effectively produce novel yeast strains
One of humankind’s oldest industrial partners is yeast, a familiar …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM in the Advanced Bioeconomy
May 9, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental …

CHASSY – New EU Yeast Biotech Project
May 3, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(CHASSY)  … Yeast is already the powerhouse behind many food flavourings, the anti-aging compound Resveratrol, the malaria drug Artemisinin, the grapefruit extract Nootkatone, insulin, bioethanol, bioplastics, and there is potential for many more industrial applications.
To better …

AB Mauri Introduces AB Biotek in North America
April 7, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(AB Mauri) AB Mauri, a global leader in yeast and bakery ingredient products, has launched a new business division – AB Biotek – in North America and globally.
Specializing in fermentation science and yeast innovation, AB …

Yeast and Bakery Ingredient Leader Launches New Biotech Division Targeting Fermentation and Yeast Innovation; Biofuels
April 4, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(MoveEnergy)  AB Mauri, a global leader in yeast and bakery ingredient products (AB Mauri sells Fleischmann’s yeast), has launched a new business division—AB Biotek—in North America and globally. Specializing in fermentation science and yeast innovation, …

Quad County Corn Processors to Evaluate XyloFerm® on Industrial Scale
April 3, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  Quad County Corn Processors, Galva, Iowa, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits and Taurus Energy has agreed to evaluate XyloFerm in the Cellerate™ process on industrial scale.
After preliminary lab-scale trials of XyloFerm in the …

From Sake Brewing to Energy Production: How Innovation in Biofuels Is Coming From Unlikely Places
March 27, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Forbes)  … Biofuels are one example of the unique synergy that arises when energy developers think “outside the box”. In shifting the focus to fermentation, researchers find themselves relying on sake brewers to produce …

Problem of Producing Cheap Biofuel from Cassava Solved
March 23, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  New yeast species is key to cutting cost  —  … After 18 months of research and experiments, the Thailand Institute of Science and Technological Research (TISTR) has found that they can use a species …

Exploring The Symbiotic Relationship of Lichens Could Make For Better Biofuel Production
March 22, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Researchers at John Hopkins University, USA, have created artificial lichens using bacteria and yeast that are capable of producing materials for biofuels directly from sunlight and CO2.
The research is published in the open …

Five New Artificial Yeast Chromosomes Set Stage for First Synthetic Eukaryotic Genome
March 13, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(American Association for the Advancement of Science/EurekAlert!) In a package featuring seven new studies, scientists of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project (Sc2.0) who previously constructed a single yeast chromosome now report constructing five more – representing …

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 …

FHR Unveils a $50M Gambit to Make Überprotein at Ethanol Plants
January 19, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, Flint Hills Resources will invest more than $50M in its Fairmont, Neb. ethanol plant to install a new technology that will produce a high protein animal and fish …

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 …

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 …

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

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research.
The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic …

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
December 12, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. …

New Research Could Make Ethanol Production More Efficient and Economic
December 1, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating costs and simplifying the dry grind process.
“There are currently more …

Yeast Evolution Offers Hope for Cellulosic Biofuel
November 15, 2016 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The prospects for cellulosic ethanol becoming a commercially available clean transportation fuel could also hinge on yeast’s ability to ferment corn stalks, switchgrass, wood chips or other fibrous …

‘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 …

Welcome to Aviation Biofuels Math Class with Mr. Mercutio
August 31, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you were reading BBC’s coverage of the aviation biofuels space yesterday, you would have seen the provocative headline:
Wood fuel plan to cut plane CO2 branded as ‘pipe dream’
Then would …

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 …

Cellulosic Ethanol, What Happened, What’s Happening?
August 2, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed (Lee Enterprises)  … I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally exhibiting real potential to establish a critical-mass commercial base alongside the corn-ethanol industry. Its commercial …

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, …

Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies Land 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
June 24, 2016 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA announced that Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies and Princeton Professor Paul Chirik are winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Awards.
Though less well-known than …

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 …

Advancing the Brewing Process With New Yeasts, Enzymes
June 13, 2016 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For millennia, the recipe for brewing remained basically the same: add water and yeast to the ground grain and wait. The big innovation of the past century was …

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 Coproduct Technology Produces Food-Grade Yeast
April 15, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Don McLellan (AFC Yeast/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Typically, in ethanol production the nonfermentable leftovers from the feedstocks and yeast are combined and sold either as wetcake or dried distillers grains for feed. But the yeast included …

Japanese Team Cracks into Biofuel with Crab Shells
April 8, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Takuro Kusashio (Nikke)  Researchers at Kobe University say they have found a possible way to turn bits of crustaceans and insects into ethanol for about the same cost as producing the fuel from corn.
Chitin, …

Integrated Bioprocess for Conversion of Gaseous Substrates to Liquids
March 8, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Peng Hua, Sagar Chakraborty, Amit Kumar, Benjamin Woolston, Hongjuan Liu, David Emerson, and Gregory Stephanopoulos (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  In the quest for inexpensive feedstocks (cost-effective fuel production), here we show …

EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Innovative Sustainable Projects
February 16, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency/ForConstructionPros.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team …

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 …

4 Advanced Biofuel Plants for Argentina as Porta, Gevo Announce Deal
February 3, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gevo and Porta are targeting the construction of at least four isobutanol plants in Argentina; first plant to be wholly owned by Porta, with a targeted production capacity of up to …

CRISPR-Cas9 Tool Expedites Production of Biofuel Precursors and Specialty Polymers in Living Systems
January 27, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Sarah Nightingale (Phys.Org)  A team led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has adapted the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system for use in a yeast strain that can produce useful lipids and polymers. …

One-Stop Shop for Biofuels
January 14, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) … Led by Seema Singh and Blake Simmons, JBEI researchers have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water …

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 …

ICM Aims for Strong Legacy
October 27, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For two decades, ICM has adapted with the changing times, bringing technology solutions to the ethanol industry.  —  In 1995, ICM Inc. got its start with the purchase of …

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 …

The Isooctene Revolution, Redux: The Digest’s Updated 2015 8-Slide Guide to Gevo
October 2, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. …

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 …

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 …

Taurus Energy Signs Key Brazilian Material Transfer aAgreement; Wins US Patent for More Ethanol, Xylose; Less Xylitol
September 8, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, Taurus Energy has signed a material transfer agreement with a leading research and technology center for sugar cane and ethanol producers in Brazil. Work will be performed in …

Amyris and the Velocity of Renewables
August 28, 2015 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What makes Amyris, Amyris? We look at the products, the evolution of the story, the partners, the focus on yield, and deeper into the story of Rate. … Amyris experienced last …

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 …

Corn Ethanol Yields Continue to Improve
May 14, 2015 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(US DOE Energy Information Administration)  In 2014, U.S. fuel ethanol production reached 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol fuel, the highest level ever. The growth in U.S. fuel ethanol production has outpaced growth in corn consumed …

Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute Publish Paper Outlining Efficient Synthetic Biology Methods to Genetically Engineer Microalgae
April 24, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(J. Craig Venter Institute)  Results have important implications in developing algae-based products such as biofuels and chemicals  —  Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, published a paper today …

Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant
April 16, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Cascades/PRNewswire) Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company’s investment in a new technology at its Norampac …

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 …

Enhancing Microbial Lipid Production
April 9, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  By revealing a novel molecular pathway involved in microbial lipid accumulation in the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides, this study could lead to strategies for engineering microbes to increase the production of …

An Evolutionary Metabolic Engineering Approach for Enhancing Lipogenesis in Yarrowia lipolytica
March 27, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Leqian Liu, Anny Pan, Caitlin Spofford, Nijia Zhou, Hal S. Alper (Metabolic Engineering)  Lipogenic organisms provide an ideal platform for biodiesel and oleochemical production. Through our previous rational metabolic engineering efforts, lipogenesis titers in Yarrowia …

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 …

UGA Researchers Develop Super Yeast that Turns Pine into Ethanol
February 16, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a “super strain” of yeast that can efficiently ferment ethanol from pretreated pine, one of the most common species of trees in …

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 …

Renewable Biofuel Production Avoids Competition with Food Resources
February 6, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!) The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from 1 crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes
The efficient production of both biofuel and animal …

BP’s Exit from Cellulosic Ethanol: the Assets, the Auction, the Process, the Timing, the Skinny
January 19, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete details on BP’s exit and the considerable physical and intellectual assets available for acquisition, in part or in whole.  As BP continues to reel from its oil leak …

Gevo Issues Plant Update, Transfers Common Stock Listing
January 9, 2015 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Jan. 8, Gevo Inc. issued an update of operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant, reporting that the facility produced more than 50,000 gallons of biobased isobutanol in December. The …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)
December 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the …

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 …

Transforming Toxic Waste into Green Energy
November 3, 2014 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Christian Durand (Concordia University)  Emerging graduate research at Concordia seeks to turn pulp mills into dynamic biorefineries
How can a struggling industry like pulp and paper in Canada be revived? According to Damien Biot-Pelletier, a Concordia …

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 …

4 Minutes with…Ray W. Miller, Chief Business Officer, Verdezyne
October 16, 2014 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Our technology is based on a proprietary yeast that is selectively engineered to use a variety of plant oil by-products, such as fatty acids, to produce dodecanedioic acid (DDDA), adipic …

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 …

Producers Presented with Options for Coproduct Diversification
June 12, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Diversifying ethanol coproduct streams is big business in today’s market as producers seek to add value to their product portfolios, a major focus of discussion at the 2014 International …

Obama, Malaysia, Verdezyne, and Business as Unusual in the Bioeconomy
April 29, 2014 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How a small, development-stage industrial biotech company, making chemicals you never heard of, landed $48M in new investment and a $100M valuation from investors like BP.
And how they got so …

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 …

New Sugar Platform Shows Promise
March 17, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a process that uses gamma valerolactone (GVL) to deconstruct plants and produce sugars that can be chemically or biologically upgraded into biofuels. The team is …

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 …

Why the Promise of Cheap Fuel from Super Bugs Fell Short
February 6, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica (MIT Technology Review)  The sell-off of synthetic biology pioneer LS9 goes to show that making biofuels from genetically engineered microbes has yet to deliver economically.

LS9 had hoped to be selling diesel to …

UT Austin Engineer Converts Yeast Cells into ‘Sweet Crude’ Biofuel
January 31, 2014 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(University of Texas at Austin) 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. This yeast …

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 …

Brown Algae Being Engineered for Food and Bio-Ethanol
December 3, 2013 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  European Biotechnology News reports that researchers, together with Norwegian and Chilean bioethanol producers, have developed advanced techniques to produce food and bio-ethanol from brown algae, which does not require arable land, fresh …

Team Uses a Cellulosic Biofuels Byproduct to Increase Ethanol Yield
November 22, 2013 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)   Scientists report in Nature Communications that they have engineered yeast to consume acetic acid, a previously unwanted byproduct of the process of converting plant leaves, stems and other tissues into biofuels. The …

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 …

Lemons Fly as Jet Fuel of the Future
October 18, 2013 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(University of Queensland)  A University of Queensland researcher hopes to use a chemical found in lemons and other citrus fruits to make clean, renewable jet fuel.  Dr Claudia Vickers is modifying baker’s yeast to produce a …

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 …

36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 Clearwater Beach, FL
August 23, 2013 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals      April 28-May 1, 2014    Clearwater Beach, FL

The Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemical covers topics such as:

Enzyme Science & Technology
Biomass Supply & Sustainability
Plant Science & Technology
Algae Science & Technology
Biomass Recalcitrance
Pretreatment & Fractionation
Bacterial Science & Technology
Yeast and Fungal Science & Technology
Bioprocessing & Separations …

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, …

Gevo Reports Q2 Results; Expanding Production; Cap Raise Looms
August 7, 2013 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo announced a net loss for Q2 2013 of $15.2 million compared to $16.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. Revenues were $1.9 million compared to $7.0 …

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 …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

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, …

Study Finds Biodiesel from Algae, Yeast and Bacteria Can Displace both Petroleum Diesel and Soybean Biodiesel
November 30, 2012 – 10:35 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Biodiesel (fatty acid methyl ester) derived from oleaginous microbes—microalgae, yeast, and bacteria—can effectively displace both petroleum diesel and biodiesel produced from plant oils, according to the findings of a new study by …

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 …

Bacterial Inhibition Without Antibiotics
August 9, 2012 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Sami Faour  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/BetaTec Hop Products)  A method for controlling infection and maximizing ethanol yields
…Growth of contaminating lactic acid bacteria is a major problem in industrial alcohol fermentations. These bacteria can grow under …

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 …

Oregon State University Researcher Highlights Public,Private Biomass Work in Oregon
January 23, 2012 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …During a presentation at the 2012 Pacific West Biomass Conference & Tradeshow, Christine Kelly, an associate professor of chemical, biological and environmental engineering at Oregon State University, outlined the achievements …

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 …

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 — …

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 …

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 …

National Science Foundation, Japan Science and Technology Agency Issue New Joint Awards To Reduce Pesticide Pollution And Promote Biofuel
December 8, 2011 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Red Orbit)  The carbon footprint of humans will be reduced by four awards for plant and microbial research issued under a new joint U.S./Japanese program
Four joint United States and Japanese research teams have been awarded …

Taking the Fuel Out of Biofuels
December 5, 2011 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Ben Lefebvre  (Wall Street Journal) Unable to compete with petroleum products, biofuel companies have found replacement products to sell
As advanced biofuel companies work toward creating an economically viable alternative to petroleum, some have …

Research Reduces Toxins, Improves Distillers Grains
November 29, 2011 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Matt Soberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Virginia Tech and USDA researchers developed strategy that reduces barley toxins sometimes present in distillers grains used for animal feed. The strategy modifies the ethanol fermentation process and focuses …

Leaf Energy Adds Third Cellulosic Energy Technology to Portfolio with Exclusive Agreement
November 28, 2011 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Angela Kean  (Proactive Investors Australia)  Leaf Energy (ASX: LER) has signed worldwide exclusive licence agreement with Texas A & M University to develop the marine yeast Debaryomyces hansenii as a production platform for high …

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 …

Joint BioEnergy Institute Scientists Identify New Microbe-Produced Advanced Biofuel as an Alternative to Diesel Fuel
September 30, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a potential new advanced biofuel that could replace today’s standard fuel for diesel engines but …

Gevo Awarded Contract to Supply Jet Fuel to U.S. Air Force
September 30, 2011 – 7:56 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Yahoo!Finance)  Air Force Purchase is for Jet Engine Testing and Feasibility Flight Demonstration
Gevo, Inc., a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, received a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) …

Biorefinery Yeast Research Shows Promise
September 22, 2011 – 8:16 am | No Comment

by (Western Farm Press/US Department of Agriculture)  Cornstalks, wheat straw, and other rough, fibrous, harvest-time leftovers may soon be less expensive to convert into cellulosic ethanol, thanks to USDA scientists’ studies of a promising new biorefinery …