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Presentations Available from the Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion Maryland and the Northeast US Experience

(University of Maryland)  Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion Maryland and the Northeast US Experience Topics •Anaerobic Digestion: Where We Are Today •Digester Systems in the Northeast–Successful Case Studies

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

How Some Algae May Survive Climate Change

(Rutgers Today) Green algae stole genes from bacteria to survive in harsh environments, Rutgers-led study suggests — Green algae that evolved to tolerate hostile and fluctuating conditions in salt marshes and inland

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

“LabPats” “Lose Yourself” Video, Especially for Biologists, the iGEM Edition

LabPats (Carroll High School) Just some Syn. Bio nerds dropping some sick beats to the tune of Lose Yourself.  WATCH VIDEO   Editor’s note:  Insights gathered when working in a bio

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Eliminating Biofilms in Biofuels: A Bacterial Approach

by Anna Bete, Yazmin Camacho, Jonah Carter, Jason Dong, Christopher Guptil, Max  Herrmann, Hayley Jesse, Peter Menart, Travis O’Leary, and Laura Polanka* (Carroll High School and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Could Bacteria Fuel the Future? With $1.5 Million Grant, UD Engineers Study Microbes for Biofuel Production

by Julie Stewart (University of Delaware)  A group of bacteria best known for causing stomach trouble could also be a source of sustainable energy. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Bacteria Could Be Used as ‘Cell Factories’ to Produce Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  Scientists at the University of Kent, UK, have developed a new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of applications, including the production of biofuels

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

100% Carbon to Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) US-based White Dog Labs have developed a new process that eliminates the production of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Montana’s (bio) Materials Maestros: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Blue Marble Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to Blue Marble’s coordinates in the bioeconomy star-field, think advanced flavorings made from seemingly impossible materials. Most recently we reported that Missoula’s Masters of

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Find New Methods to Control Bacterial Factories for Biotech Aims

by Igor Houwat and Andrew Hagen (Michigan State University)  The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has announced a breakthrough in manipulating miniature factories, found in bacteria, that hold much promise in the biotech

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Algal Biotechnology Research at Sheffield

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jags Pandhal is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. His research involves biological resource recovery

August 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Putting Bacteria to Work

(U.S. Department of Energy) The idea of bacteria as diverse, complex perceptive entities that can hunt prey in packs, remember past experiences and interact with the moods and perceptions of their

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 18th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, wool without the sheep, fuels from water and C)2, bacteria-powered solar cells, spectral imagery in the sky, artificial intelligence in the crop field,

July 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

NREL: Novel Genetic Method Improves Efficiency of Enzyme

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

New Algae Biofuel Production Method Could Someday Compete with Petroleum

by Philip T. Pienkos (R&D Magazine)  … This time, the leading force was not the DOE (U.S. Department of Energy), but the investment community acting in the belief that the power

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In Illinois, carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the

June 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Riding Bacterium to the Bank: Sandia Researchers Tailor E. coli to Convert Plants into Renewable Chemicals

(Sandia National Laboriatories/EurekAlert!)  What does jet fuel have in common with pantyhose and plastic soda bottles? They’re all products currently derived from petroleum. Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new

May 18, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

‘Augmented Biology’: Exploring New Avenues in Biofuel Production

(University of Bristol)  Researchers in the Schools of Biochemistry and Chemistry are working to boost cellular productivity of biofuels at a fundamentally scientific level in order to create innovative, sustainable solutions

May 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

TerAvest Applies Persistence to Stubborn Bacteria

by Mark E. Griffin (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Zymomonas mobilis is a creature of habit, a bacterial species that loves to eat simple sugars and produce ethanol, but shows little interest in

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Tapping Biogas for the Renewable Hydrogen That We Really, Really Need

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … For those newer to the field, one of the problems of using biomass to make a fuel is that a carbohydrate contains around 53% oxygen

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

NUS Team Discovers Bacterium that Produces Only Biobutanol Directly from Cellulose

(Green Car Congress)  A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Young Female Scientist Hopes to Create Energy Efficient Biofuel from Bacteria

by Emma Nobel (ABC Central Victoria News)  Environmental microbiologist and science champion Marianne Haines hopes her work converting bacteria into biofuel will lead to more sustainable outcomes, and more women studying science

March 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Catalysts, Cleaning and Cook

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s not every day that scientists stumble upon novel ways to make biofuel, but that’s exactly what Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have done by

February 19, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Thermophiles for Syngas-to-Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a Kiverdi-led project to develop microbial biocatalysts to convert syngas into monoterpenes. Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse,

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars

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

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Bacteria Breakthrough Marks New Era in Cellular Design and Biofuel Production

(University of Bristol)  Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can bolster cellular productivity, providing the foundation for a new era of

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Nature Demonstrates How Bacteria Degrade Lignin and Provides Better Understanding to Make Biofuels

(Phys.Org/Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory)  The production of biofuels from plant biomass is a highly promising source of energy, but researchers are trying to find microbes that readily degrade recalcitrant lignin found

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, have successfully modified a microorganism to produce a useful intermediate from sugar fermentation, which can then

November 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

UW Entrepreneurial Pipeline Lands Lactic Solutions in Biofuels Marketplace

by Natasha Kassulke (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  When Jim Steele thinks back over the last seven years, from the early research on biofuels, followed by a dream of moving Lactic Solutions LLC

November 21, 2017 Read Full Article

COSMOS: The Future of Plant Oil

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 9th the 10th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy kicked off in Brussels, Belgium, giving participants the opportunity to take part in

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Michigan State University Scientists Work to Make Biodegradable Plastic from Sunlight

(Fox47News/MSU Today)  Michigan State University scientists are proposing a new way to economically produce biodegradable plastics with sunlight and help from an ancient microorganism. The team, led by Taylor Weiss, a

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Better Together: A Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight

by Igor Houwat, Taylor Weiss (Michigan State University) … “But this pair has complementary strengths: the cyanos are constantly producing sugar, and the bacteria are constantly beefing up on it, which

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  iMicrobes designs and builds microorganisms, including industrial strains of bacteria and yeast to produce chemicals from natural gas and carbon dioxide. Their green, bio-based methods are

October 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Getting to the Point (Mutations) in Re-Engineering Biofuel-Producing Bacterial Enzymes

(Newswise/U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers from Spain, Poland and Ireland have developed a new computational method to rapidly screen the effects of point mutations in bacteria to make biofuel production

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

How Two Microbes Joined Forces to Produce Bio-diesel from Carbon Waste

by Tv Jayan (The Hindu)  JNU researchers discover bacteria from Rajasthan, Ladakh, use them as catalysts  —  Using microbes growing in two diverse climatic conditions, Indian scientists have found a

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Fermentation Frontiers: Top 10 Trendlines in Industrial Biotech Fermentation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most visible advanced industrial fermentation target for a number of years has been cellulosic ethanol, but the targets are diversifying and cellulosics themselves are

September 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Cyborg Bacteria Outperform Plants When Turning Sunlight into Useful Compounds

(American Chemical Society)  … “Rather than rely on inefficient chlorophyll to harvest sunlight, I’ve taught bacteria how to grow and cover their bodies with tiny semiconductor nanocrystals,” says Kelsey K.

August 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars

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

August 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Deinove, Flint Hills Enter New Stage of Animal Feed Partnership

(Deinove/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Deinove, a biotech company that discovers, develops and produces high-value compounds from rare bacteria, notably from the Deinococcus genus, announces the start of the second phase of the animal

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

ORNL: Bacterial Boost for Biobased Fuels

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  “Electrical” bacteria are the key ingredient in a new process developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel

May 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Bacteria Take a Deadly Risk to Survive

by ​Ilse Frederickx. Translated by Katrien Bollen (KU Leuven)  Bacteria need mutations or changes in their DNA code to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume One: Biofeedstocks and Their Processing

(Scrivener Publishing)  The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of energy from biofeedstocks. Audience Chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, process engineers,

February 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Decoded Microbial Metabolism Explains Biofuel Yield

by Blaine Friedlander (Phys.Org)  To unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

NREL Researchers Discover How a Bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, Utilizes both CO2 and Cellulose to Make Biofuels

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and

November 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fibria, Lallemand

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

October 18, 2016 Read Full Article

New Brew in Quest for Biofuel

by Beth Miller (University of Delaware)  Mixotrophy twist leads researchers to higher yields, lower emissions  —  You don’t have to be a beer lover to understand the chemistry behind new

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Sandia: Turning Ubiquitous Lignin into High-Value Chemicals

(Sandia National Laboratories/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Abundant, chock full of energy and bound so tightly that the only way to release its energy is through combustion—lignin has frustrated scientists for years.

September 26, 2016 Read Full Article

How to Optimize Biofuel Production Through Plant Genetics and Alternative Ingredients

(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

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

OSU Researching Bacteria to Begin Biofuel Production Process

(Oklahoma State University/Biomass Magazine)  The popular method of breaking down lignin to convert biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is done by using fungi. However, researchers at Oklahoma State University

June 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Start-up to Scale-up: An Interview with Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute)  Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies in the world and the only one in Europe to develop a process to convert renewable resources into

May 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Biotech Breakthrough: Reverse Photosynthesis Could Be the Energy Source of Future

(I4U News)  Danish researchers discover a process called reverse photosynthesis that can make chemicals and biofuels. The discovery has a potential to revolutionize industrial production  —  Photosynthesis, as most of

April 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Lab Creates New Biofuels to Expand Alternative Energy Sources

by Allison Ong (Daily Bruin)  … UCLA researchers have been using bacteria, microscopic organisms responsible for disease and digestion, to convert living matter into liquid fuel. (Paul) Lin, a chemical engineering

March 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Is It the perfect Energy Solution? Where Solar, Carbon Capture and Bio Collide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of these days your personal transportation system might look like this. A solar or wind energy facility generates renewable electricity, which is converted into

March 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Team Explains the Higher Cellulolytic Activity of a Vital Microorganism

(Phys.org/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

The Extreme 16: Strutting Microbial Terminators Pumping up the Pursuit of Sustainable Molecules

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take it to the Extreme, with these microscopic wonders that are changing the way we pursue sustainable fuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials.  —  These days,

February 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

BESC Study Seeks Nature’s Best Biocatalysts for Biofuel Production

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center are looking beyond the usual suspects in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible

January 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Indiana University Scientists Create ‘Nano-Reactor’ for the Production of Hydrogen Biofuel

(Indiana University Bloomington) Combining bacterial genes and virus shell creates a highly efficient, renewable material used in generating power from water  —   Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly

January 12, 2016 Read Full Article

NREL’s Min Zhang Keeps Her “Bugs” Happy, Leading to Biofuel Breakthroughs

(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

December 15, 2015 Read Full Article

First Commercial! Construction Underway in Minnesota for Green Biologics

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

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

DEINOVE Successfully Reaches 2G Bioethanol Pre-Industrial Scale in a 300-Liter Fermenter

(DEINOVE) DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals from non-food biomass with its Deinococcus bacteria, announced today that it has produced 2G ethanol

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in the World Opens October 30

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The DuPont cellulosic ethanol facility, opening in Nevada, Iowa, on October 30, will be the largest

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Seeking Better Biofuels

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules  —

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Achieves U.S. EPA Registration for CO2-Recycled Ethanol

(Joule/BusinessWire)  Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced that its fuel grade Sunflow®-E ethanol has been

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

DEINOVE and Tyton Forge Partnership to Commercialize Unique Solutions in the Green Chemicals Sector

(Globe Newswire/Benzinga)  A technological and commercial partnership between Deinove and Tyton BioEnergy Systems, the leader in tobacco technology for green

September 9, 2015 Read Full Article

U Georgia Team Discovers Tungsten in Novel Bacterial Enzyme; Potential for Cellulosic Biofuels

(Green Car Congress)  A team at the University of Georgia, Athens led by Distinguished Research Professor Michael Adams has discovered

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

New Biofuel-Producing Bacteria Discovered

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scientists from the University of Maryland will report in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

New One-Pot Process to Produce Gasoline-Grade Biofuel from the Bacterial Biopolymer PHB

(Green Car Congress)  A team from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa is developing a new

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

The Consortium of Motile and Cellulose Degrading Bacteria Can Be Used for Solid State Cellulose Hydrolysis

(Phys.Org)  Cellulose hydrolysis has many industrial applications in such fields as biofuel production, food, paper, cosmetic, pharmaceutical industries and textile

August 6, 2015 Read Full Article

The Three Microb-eteers: Methanogens, Methanotrophs, Acetogens and Knallgas Bacteria

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Which microbes achieve a better, faster, cheaper transformation of the world around us?  …  Down

July 31, 2015 Read Full Article

Ginkgo Bioworks: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are they? “Nature’s biodiversity holds answers to challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Scientists Hijack Light-Loving Bacteria to Make High-Value Products

(Nanowerk News/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists have directed a common bacterium to produce more of a valuable fatty acid, lauric

July 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Making the Biofuels Process Safer for Microbes

by Scott Gordon (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have

July 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Wins Key Patent for Direct Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of

June 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Direct Conversion of Plant Biomass to Ethanol by Engineered Caldicellulosiruptor bescii

by Daehwan Chung, Minseok Cha, Adam M. Guss, and Janet Westpheling (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  The ever-increasing demand

April 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Enhancing Microbial Lipid Production

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  By revealing a novel molecular pathway involved in microbial lipid accumulation in the bacterium Rhodobacter

April 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Diversifying Products Creates New Opportunities

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Waste to Biogas and Clean Fuels Finance and Investment” summit provided a myriad

March 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Metabolic Path to Improved Biofuel Production

(EurekAlert!/US Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a partnership that includes the

March 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Deinove Strengthens Its Position in the United States

(AG-IP-News/Deinove)  DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus

February 26, 2015 Read Full Article

“Bionic Leaf” Uses Bacteria to Convert Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel

by Elizabeth Cooney (Harvard Medical School/Wyss Institute)  Harvard scientists have created a system that could speed adoption of solar-generated fuels

February 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Indiana University Biologists Partner Bacterium with Nitrogen Gas to Produce More, Cleaner Bioethanol

(Indiana University Bloomington)  Provisional patent filed for process using most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere Indiana University biologists believe they

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

How One Bacterium Could Help Ease Reliance on Food Crops for Biofuel

by Pete Spotts  (Christian Science Monitor) A lowly bacterium, once sidelined in biofuel production, may help reduce production costs in converting

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Why Bacteria Could Be the Answer to a Future without Oil

by Jeff Errington (The Conversation)  … Historically petroleum has been used to develop the chemicals needed for products such as pesticides, food

January 7, 2015 Read Full Article

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants

December 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Biotech Program Inspires Interest in Science at Splendora ISD

by Stephanie Buckner (Cleveland Advocate)  Splendora High School is continuing to stress the importance of career and technical courses by

November 19, 2014 Read Full Article

Researchers Discover New Digestive Strategy in Shipworms

by Greg St. Martin (News@Northeastern)  An inter­na­tional research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center

November 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Ethanol Production, Plagued by Yogurt Bacteria, Getting Viral Cure

by Elizabeth Summer (livescience.com/Phage Biocontrol, Inc.) The beneficial microbes that convert milk into yogurt and act in people’s guts to promote

August 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Engineered Microbe Could Ease Switch to Grass

by Kate Yandell (The Scientist) Researchers from the University of Georgia and at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have engineered the

June 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Deinove Signs Bioethanol Research Deals with Suez, Abengoa

(Reuters Africa)  French green biotech firm Deinove said on Tuesday it had signed research agreements with France’s Suez Environnement and

June 4, 2014 Read Full Article

AFM-IR Used to Study and Optimize Biofuel-Producing Microbes

(AZONano.com)  Anasys Instruments reports on the publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters demonstrating the use of AFM-IR used

March 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Monsanto and Novozymes Team Up to Provide Sustainable Bioagricultural Solutions

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

December 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Reshaping American Energy—A Look Back at BETO’s Accomplishments in 2013.

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a new two-page overview document that highlights significant Office achievements from 2013. One

November 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Reconstructing the Microbial Diversity and Function of Pre-Agricultural Tallgrass Prairie Soils in the United States

by Noah Fierer, Joshua Ladau, Jose C. Clemente, Jonathan W. Leff, Sarah M. Owens, Katherine S. Pollard, Rob Knight, Jack

November 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Researchers Look to Grass to Make Gas

(Clemson University)  Clemson University researchers focusing on switchgrass as a renewable fuel source are looking to fungi and bacteria —

September 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Patented Bacteria Capable of Producing Biodiesel More Efficiently and Cleanly than Current

(University of Seville)  The invention, jointly owned by the University of Seville and Cordoba University, identifies in a mill gender

August 27, 2013 Read Full Article

36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 Clearwater Beach, FL

  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

August 23, 2013 Read Full Article

CALL FOR PAPERS: 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals April 28-May 1, 2014 DEADLINE: November 17, 2013

  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

August 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Bacteria and Fungi Together: A Biofuel Dream Team?

by Erin Brodwin (Scientific American)  A group of researchers enlist fungi and E. coli to make the first biofuel of its kind

August 20, 2013 Read Full Article

As Key Partner Departs, Future Dims for Michigan Cellulosic Biofuel Plant

by Andy McGlashen (Midwest Energy News)  The exit of its majority owner and operator leaves the future uncertain for a long-delayed

August 7, 2013 Read Full Article

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open

July 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Mighty Algae Could Lead to Biofuels Breakthrough

by Adam Wilmoth  (News OK)  OSU researcher Gerald Schoenknecht and his team recently completed genome sequencing for an algae that

May 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Engineering Algae to Make the ‘Wonder Material’ Nanocellulose for Biofuels and More

(EurekAlert!/American Chemical Society)  Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco have become

April 8, 2013 Read Full Article

LS9: Hail and Farewell

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of biofuels’ most-celebrated technologies falters; the struggle to raise capital claims a high-profile victim.

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Termites May Hold Biofuel Potential

by Michelle Wheeler (The West Australian/Yahoo!)   New bacteria found in the gut of a WA termite could be used

December 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Study Finds Biodiesel from Algae, Yeast and Bacteria Can Displace both Petroleum Diesel and Soybean Biodiesel

(Green Car Congress)  Biodiesel (fatty acid methyl ester) derived from oleaginous microbes—microalgae, yeast, and bacteria—can effectively displace both petroleum diesel

November 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Highly Efficient Production of Advanced Biofuel by Metabolically Engineered Microorganism

(Science Daily/The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)…Utilizing systems metabolic engineering, a Korean research team at the Korea Advanced

October 25, 2012 Read Full Article

World First: A DEINOVE Bacteria Transforms Biomass Into 2nd Generation Bioethanol

(PR NewsWire/DEINOVE)   This breakthrough using Deinococcus could be the solution to a global issue: replacing fossil fuel with a

September 13, 2012 Read Full Article

S&T Microbiologist Patents Process that Could Improve Biofuel Production

(Missouri University of Science & Technology)  Biofuel production can be an expensive process that requires considerable use of fossil fuels,

September 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Teaching a Microbe to Make Fuel

by David L. Chandler (MIT News)   Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Bioengineered Bacteria Pump Out Fuel for Cars

(Innovation News Daily)  A humble soil bacteria has become a genetically engineered factory capable of making fuel for cars. But the project

August 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Ethanol May Get a Boost through Breakthrough Process

by Angie Bergenson (Hydrogen Fuel News)  …A team of researchers from Michigan State University have been working to make ethanol

August 15, 2012 Read Full Article

Heat-Loving Bacteria Could Lead to Next-Generation Microbe

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Key proteins have been identified in a family of bacteria that help the microbes

July 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Hey Kids! Grab Your Scissors and Glue! Fun, Transformative Things to Do with Bacteria!

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Of all the microbes we know – and, basically, the human body is a boutique

July 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Steven Chu Discusses ‘All of the Above’ U.S. Energy Strategy

by David Biello (CNET.com/Scientific American)  The U.S. government aims to improve energy production from renewables to oil, but what does

March 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Extreme Biofuels and Those Heat-Seeking X Bugs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …Some of the first American visitors to Yellowstone, who began to record their journeys

February 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Can Bacteria Produce “Drop-In” Biofuels?

by Umair Irfan  (ClimateWire/Scientific American)Scientists are seeking help from microbes to produce road-ready biofuels …As they move, breathe, eat and

January 18, 2012 Read Full Article

The SuperFriends and Their Planet-Saving Microbial Biofuel Powers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world at large, they are generally called pests. We call them ‘magic bugs’.

November 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Post Oil: Electrofuels Are an Oil-Substitute Minus the Eons

(Christian Science Monitor)   … Pamela Silver and her colleagues aim to compress the oil-forming process to nearly instantaneous, with

October 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Joint BioEnergy Institute Scientists Identify New Microbe-Produced Advanced Biofuel as an Alternative to Diesel Fuel

by Lynn Yarris  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Researchers with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified

September 30, 2011 Read Full Article

Salk Institute Researchers Have Built Artificially Enhanced Bacteria Capable of Producing New Kinds of Synthetic Chemicals

(Salk Institute)  Bionic bacteria may help fight disease and global warming A strain of genetically enhanced bacteria developed by researchers

September 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Meet the Energy Superbugs: Extremophiles

by Eric Niiler (Discovery News)  Rugged heat- and salt-loving organisms could unlock the secret to efficient biofuel production. THE GIST

September 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Cars Could Run on Recycled Newspaper

(R&D Magazine)  Here’s one way that old-fashioned newsprint beats the Internet. Tulane University scientists have discovered a novel bacterial strain,

August 26, 2011 Read Full Article

NIST Finds that Ethanol-Loving Bacteria Accelerate Cracking of Pipeline Steels

(EurekAlert!)  U.S. production of ethanol for fuel has been rising quickly, topping 13 billion gallons in 2010. With the usual

August 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Lignin Munching Enzyme Discovered in Bacteria – Lower-Cost Route to Biofuels?

by Thomas Saidak (Biofuels Digest)   In Canada, research carried out by teams at the Universities of Warwick and British Columbia

June 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Biotech Deinove Eyes U.S., Brazil Ethanol

(Reuters)  French green biotech firm Deinove, which hopes to use a 4 billion year old bacterium to develop the fuel

April 12, 2011 Read Full Article

Bovine Bellies Yield Clues for New Biofuels

by Maggie Fox (Reuters)  Researchers looking for better ways to make biofuels turned to experts at breaking down grass —

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(Wiley Press Room/Renewable Energy World)  A team of Bioengineers in the United States have modified a strain of bacteria to

December 14, 2010 Read Full Article

Where There’s Bugs, There’s Brass: UK Firm Lands $500m Biofuel Contract

by Shanta Barley  (The Guardian)  TMO Renewables wins contract with US firm Fiberight using its ‘turbo-charged’ GM bacteria that convert

September 22, 2010 Read Full Article

Direct Production of Biodiesel from the Fungus M. circinelloides; Opportunity to Enhance Yield with Genetic Engineering

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers in Spain have demonstrated the direct transformation of biomass consisting of the fungus M. circinelloides into

April 12, 2010 Read Full Article

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