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Lee Lynd issued a call to action in a recent Nature Biotechnology commentary: Three key measures should be part of any effort to revitalize cellulosic biofuels. First, pursue commercial deployment in

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Grand Challenge of Cellulosic Biofuels

by Lee R. Lynd (Energy Today/Nature Biotechnology/Dartmouth College)  Why cellulosic biofuels have fallen short of expectations and what we can do about it. —  A robust second-generation biofuels industry based on inedible

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Sampling Guts of Live Moose to Understand How They Break down Biomass

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract of ruminants such as moose help break down recalcitrant plant biomass into carbon nutrients, but how do they do this over the

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Find Value in Unusual Type of Plant Material

by Mark E. Griffin (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  An ideal biorefinery would turn renewable crops into a variety of fuels and products with little waste. A significant challenge in realizing this vision is

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Engineering Plants for a Sustainable Future

by Staffan Persson (University of Melbourne/Phys.org)  … Our new discovery, published in Nature Plants, shows how plant walls could be manipulated in the future to change the way we produce biofuels, bioplastics

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

New Method More than Doubles Sugar Production from Plants

(SwissInfo.ch)  Chemists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels,

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Enzyme Discovery Could Boost Biofuel Production

(European Commission) EU-funded researchers have discovered a new family of enzymes able to break down wood into its chemical components. The findings may lead to more efficient production of biofuels and

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Complex Networks Identify Genes for Biofuel Crops

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  To improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions,

August 15, 2018 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

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 11th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

New ‘Promiscuous’ Enzyme Helps Turn Plant Waste into Sustainable Products

(University of Portsmouth)  A new family of enzymes has been discovered which paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels.

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Professor Lands $500,000 Grant to Pursue Lignin to Biofuel Conversion

by Maegan Murray (Washington State University Tri-Cities)  WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin — a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

NREL Finds Easier Ways to Deconstruct Biomass

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  If there’s an easier, more efficient method, science will find a way. That’s certainly the case in producing cellulosic biofuels, which, at least for now,

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Research Shows How Genetics Can Contribute for Advances in 2G Ethanol Production

(FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO/EurekAlert!)  The study focused three fungi species which produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation; scientists in Brazil reveal how these substances

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Tailor-Made Approach to Biofuels

(Phys.Org/CORDIS)  … Some microbes have natural structures called cellulosomes that contain cellulases, enzymes that break down cellulose efficiently into sugars. The EU-funded CELLULOSOMEPLUS project developed designer cellulosomes (DCs) to achieve high yields of

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Lumber’s Lure: Thanks to Physics, Viable Biofuel May Grow in the Woods

by Chris Lee (Ars Technica)  Future biofuel production requires new catalysts—or better training for stubborn enzymes.  … I thought New Zealand would offer some chemistry-minded contrast. The country makes a lot of money on timber

April 6, 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

New Insights into How Cellulose Is Built Could Indicate How to Break It Apart for biofuels

(Phys.Org/Pennsylvania State University)  A comprehensive look at how plants build cellulose, the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells that is used in a wide variety of manmade

April 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Team Discovers Enzyme Domains that Dramatically Improve Performance

(Phys.Org/ National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  It was more than 10 years in the making, but when it came to uncovering the secrets of the molecular structure of enzymes, perseverance paid off.

March 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Protein Studies Inform Biofuels Research

(University of Wisconsin – Madison/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advances in biofuels research tend to involve reduced costs, greater reagent stability, more diverse and valuable end products, or faster reactions, which often increase

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Fungal Enzymes Could Hold Secret to Making Renewable Energy from Wood

(Phys.Org/University of York)  An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one

February 20, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Awards Attis $3 Million Grant for Lignin Technology

(Meridian Waste Solutions Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, recently announced the award of a $3 million grant from the

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Less Chewing the Cud, More Greening the Fuel

(Phys.Org/Rothamsted Research)  … But now a multinational team of researchers, from the UK, Brazil and the US, has pinpointed a gene involved in the stiffening of cell walls whose suppression increased

January 12, 2018 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

New Solvent Contributes to Next-Generation Biofuel Production from Biomass

(Phys.Org/Kanazawa University)  Compared to first-generation biofuels produced from food crops, production of second-generation biofuels for daily use is an urgent issue. In this study, researchers developed a novel carboxylate-type liquid zwitterion

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Rot Is Hot to Trot: Brown Rot Fungi Cries “Tora! Tora! Tora!” to Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … When it comes to fungi, their ability to break even the most recalcitrant of hardwoods down is well-documented and anyone who has spent a day

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production

by J.D. Warren (UCR Today)  Relatively cheap “biomass” has been a poor option due to its production cost  —  UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Study Speeds Transformation of Biofuel Waste into Useful Chemicals

by Jules Bernstein (Phys.Org/Sandia National Laboratories)  A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Iconic Species May Hold Clues on Low Quality Forage Digestion

by Robert Arnason (Western Producer)  … But the beaver also has a lesser known skill: it can survive on a diet of branches and twigs. Scientists with Agriculture Canada want to

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

POET “Breakthrough” in Cellulosic Ethanol Production

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  The nation’s largest ethanol producer says it’s made a breakthrough in cellulosic ethanol production. Matt Merritt with POET-DSM tells Brownfield they are using a combination

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Enzymes at Work: Breaking Down Stubborn Cellulose for Biofuels

(Science Daily/Graz University of Technology)  Researchers have observed enzymes breaking down cellulose to aid the production of biofuels. … Typically, biorefineries use a mix of hydrolytically active enzymes which utilize water

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Ames Laboratory Announces New Science in Converting Biomass

(Ames Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In every plant—from trees to crops—there exists a substance that makes up its wood or stems, fiber, and cell walls. This substance is a complex natural polymer

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM. Although it sounds more like a goose trying to

September 26, 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

A Sweeter Way to Make Green Products: University of Delaware Researchers Invent Novel Process for Extracting Sugars from Wood

by Tracey Bryant (University of Delaware)  … A UD research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Targeted Microbial Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Biomass Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting projects to investigate and recommend promising pathways for advanced biological upgrading of biomass sugars and lignin to hydrocarbons

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Norwegian and French Researchers Discover a Novel Enzymatic Mechanism that May Revolutionize Biorefining and Sustainable Production of Biofuels

by Ruth Lothe (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)  In 2010, researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) were the first to describe a new class of enzymes that

September 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Biotechnology Researchers Turn to Landfill Sites

(Phys.Org/Bangor University)  Far from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Additional MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Award

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it will award a fourth project—up to $1.8 million—under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity.

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article

War on Recalcitrance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the BioEnergy Science Center

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) is a multi-institutional (18 partners), Department of Energy-funded research organization performing basic and applied science dedicated to improving yields of biofuels

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Loosening of Lignocellulose: Switchgrass and Success in Sugar Release

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Introduced traits remain stable, improving biofuel production in a field setting.  —   …  Near-term fossil fuel alternatives could reduce carbon emissions and ensure U.S. energy

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’ Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production

by Jeremy Rumsey and Heidi Hill (U.S. Department of Energy)   Producing biofuels like ethanol from plant materials requires various enzymes to break down the cellulosic fibers. Scientists using neutron scattering

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Understanding Why Cellulose Resists Degradation Could Lead to Cost-Effective Biofuels

(Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  A major bottleneck hindering cost-effective production of biofuels and many valuable chemicals is the difficulty of breaking down cellulose—an important structural component of plant cell walls.

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

A Decade of Bioenergy Research

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. —  In the 10 years since the

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

New Strategy to Enhance the Efficiency of Cereal Straw for Biofuel Production

(Phys.Org/University of Hong Kong)  Straw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the “Three Canton Treasures”, straw can actually be used as a raw material

May 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Trash into Treasure: Sandia Could Help Biofuel Pay for Itself with Goods Made from Waste

(U.S. Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories/EurekAlert!)  A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste — and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum. Fuel

May 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Why a Hong Kong Plant Scientist with a Biofuel Research Breakthrough Has to Leave for Greener Pastures

by Viola Zhou (South China Morning Post)  Lydia Lam Pui-ying will further her study at Kyoto University in Japan  — Hong Kong and Japanese scientists have discovered a new way

May 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Livestock Benefit from Termite Research

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News)  A University of Wisconsin professor says his termite research might help the biofuels, livestock, and paper industries improve lignin processing. Researcher Cameron Currie says

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Lignocellulosic Biomass Deconstruction

Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Cheap, plentiful lignocellulosic biomass (LCB), consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, is deconstructed to release useful chemical intermediates in the bioeconomy. These

April 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Outline 23 Barriers to Advanced Biofuels’ Success

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, researchers from Virginia Tech University have determined that 52% of advanced biofuels facilities were already closed in 2015 and have determined a list

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Find New Way to Typify Cellulose, Advance Bioproducts

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to

March 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor: Disruptive Technology, Feedstocks under the Microscope at ABLC 2017’s Opening Day

by Helena Tavares Kennedy  (Biofuels Digest)  … While there were big questions, there were big answers, beginning with a panel on The Sustainable Agriculture Imperative. John Pieper from Dupont Industrial Biosciences

March 2, 2017 Read Full Article

ORNL: Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees,

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

‘Glue’ That Makes Plant Cell Walls Strong Could Hold the Key to Wooden Skyscrapers

(University of Cambridge)  Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to

December 22, 2016 Read Full Article

New Understanding of One of Nature’s Best Biocatalysts for Biofuels Production

(U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science) Producing fuels from plants and other renewable sources requires breaking down the chemical cellulose; a major candidate to drive, or catalyze, this stubborn chemical is

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Better Understanding Could Lead to More Cost-Effective Production of Cellulosic Biofuels

(Phys.Org)  Plant cell walls, which constitute the bulk of plant biomass, are diverse, complex, and dynamic in their structural composition and integrity. Cell walls are innately resistant to deconstruction by

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Research Examines Obstacles to Making Biofuel from Perennial Plants

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

June 17, 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

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research

(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

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Researchers’ New Advance in Quest for Second Generation Biofuels

(Phys.Org)  … The team, including Professor Paul Walton and Professor Gideon Davies of the Department of Chemistry at York, today presents

March 2, 2016 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

International Research Team Seeks More Efficient Biomass Refinement Processes

(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry

July 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Unlocking Lignin for Sustainable Biofuel

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  Lignin–hemicellulose simulation demonstrates potential for predictive modeling using NAMD  —  Turning trees, grass, and other biomass

July 8, 2015 Read Full Article

E4tech Releases Evidence-Base Report on European Bioeconomy

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Europe, E4tech has just completed a new study, ‘From the Sugar Platform to biofuels

May 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Renmatix Acquires Mascoma Demonstration Plant in New York

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Another step towards commercial scale, aimed at “secure supply” of cellulose-lignin solids for Renmatix’ Georgia

May 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Engineered Softwood Could Transform Pulp, Paper and Biofuel Industries

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper

April 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Tobacco Plants May Boost Biofuel and Biorefining Industries

(Science Daily)  Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials.

April 13, 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

Gina Lewin Explores How Ants Break Down Cellulose

by Silke Schmidt (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … In the summer of 2009, Gina Lewin participated in a National Science Foundation-funded

April 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Daniel Amador-Noguez Engineers Better Bacteria for Biofuels

… (Daniel) Amador-Noguez’s lab focuses on understanding metabolism in biofuel-producing bacteria with the goal of engineering microbes that can more

April 9, 2015 Read Full Article

UGA Researchers Create Trees that Are Easier to Turn into Fuel

(University of Georgia/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a

March 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Novel Pretreatment Could Cut Biofuel Costs by 30 Percent or More

(Science Daily/University of California-Riverside)  Researchers have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by

February 27, 2015 Read Full Article

North Carolina State University Announces Biofuel Breakthroughs

(North Carolina State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Bacteria Found in Cow Rumens Could Be Harnessed to Process Biofuel

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  What do biofuels look like on the Wisconsin landscape? Some might think of corn or switchgrass. But

September 25, 2014 Read Full Article

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at

September 23, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

UCLA Develops Metabolic Pathway to Convert Sugars into Biofuels

(University of California)  University of California, Los Angeles chemical engineering researchers have created a new synthetic metabolic pathway for breaking

November 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Team Uses a Cellulosic Biofuels Byproduct to Increase Ethanol Yield

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)   Scientists report in Nature Communications that they have engineered yeast to consume acetic acid, a previously unwanted

November 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Crafting a Better Enzyme Cocktail to Turn Plants into Fuel Faster

by Tom Rickey (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Scientists looking to create a potent blend of enzymes to transform materials like

November 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Extreme Energy, Supercritical Water, Nanostuff and Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the frontier of exotic temperature and pressures, even everyday materials like water begin to

November 6, 2013 Read Full Article

University of Missouri-Kansas City Wins $2M in Grants to Fund Research in Biofuel, Health

by Brianne Pfannenstiel (Kansas City Business Journal)  The University of Missouri-Kansas City was awarded two grants totaling more than $2 million this week.

October 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Wood Completely Broken Down into Its Component Parts

(Fraunhofer)  Crude oil is getting scarce. This is why researchers are seeking to substitute petroleum-based products – like plastics –

October 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Wood Chips to Biofuel in Hours

(The Norwegian University of Science and Technology/Alpha Galileo)  Until now, it has taken weeks to make biofuel from trees. This

October 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Byproduct Increases Ethanol Yield

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Scientists from the University of Illinois have reported that they have engineered yeast to consume acetic acid, a

October 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Demystifying Cellulose

by Scott Mowrey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A primer outlines the inherent challenges for biofuel production using biomass Raw cellulose from

October 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Next-Generation Biofuels Are Inching Towards Reality, Gallon by Gallon

by Bryan Walsh (Time Magazine)  It’s not that companies don’t know how to make cellulosic ethanol or biofuel from algae.

October 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Helping Bacteria Tolerate Biofuels

by Erika Gebel Berg  (Chemical and Engineering News)  Protein Engineering: Scientists evolve a bacterial protein pump that pulls butanol out

September 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Big Six in Advanced Biofuels & Chemicals: Who’s Doing What Now?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After taking a leading role in the global first generation wave of ethanol production, here

September 18, 2013 Read Full Article

The One-Stop, Get It Hot, Biobased Candy Men: Midori and Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Midori reports they have broken through on a 100-year quest for low-cost cellulosic sugars. And

September 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Flagship VentureLabs Launches Midori Renewables

(Flagship Ventures/PR NewsWire)  New Venture is Commercializing a Novel Catalytic Process to Convert Non-Food Biomass Into Sugar Flagship VentureLabs announced

September 6, 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

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Scientists Look to Nature to Develop Biofuel Catalysts

(Argonne Leadership Computing Facility/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists working at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility are looking to nature’s catalysts, enzymes,

August 30, 2013 Read Full Article

New Bioprospecting Activity: Students Can Collect and Share Data with GLBRC Scientists

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Bioprospecting for Cellulose-Degrading Microbes: Filter Paper Assay Method Students collect samples that they predict will

August 29, 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

Biofuels’ 10 Scariest Challenges: Part 1 of 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Upstream, downstream, processing, policy, finance – opportunities and challenges abound in the bioeconomy – but

August 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Want Better Biofuels? Get the Wood Out

(Science Magazine)  Addition by subtraction. By removing a specific gene, researchers reduced the amount of lignin (stained red) by 36% in

August 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Leaf-Cutter Ants May Reveal Secrets to Creating Biofuels

by Jennifer Laaser  (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel) Look at a leaf-cutter ant colony, and it’s a bustle of activity, with

July 22, 2013 Read Full Article

NSF Grant Boosts Promising Biofuels Research

(JustMeans.com/Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology)  Promising biofuels research at a Wisconsin biotech company and a partner university is getting a

July 5, 2013 Read Full Article

The Next Fleet of Automobiles Powered By… Termites?

(Wall Street Daily)  …Meet the gribble. Essentially, gribbles are the termites of the sea. That is, they’re marine pests that

June 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Increased Enzyme Binding to Substrate Is Not Necessary for More Efficient Cellulose Hydrolysis

by Dahai Gao, Shishir P. S. Chundawat, Anurag Sethi, Venkatesh Balana, S. Gnanakaran, and Bruce E. Dale (Proceedings of the National

June 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Biofuels Business

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Biofuels scientists are asking more complex questions about how molecules spin, bond, and

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

NREL Researchers Use Enzyme Combination to Break Down Biomass

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Enzymes could break down cell walls faster – leading to less expensive biofuels for

May 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Enzymes from Horse Feces Could Hold Secrets to Streamlining Biofuel Production

(Science Daily)  Stepping into unexplored territory in efforts to use corn stalks, grass and other non-food plants to make biofuels,

April 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Making Do with More: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Plant Cell Walls to Boost Sugar Yields for Biofuels

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  When blessed with a resource in overwhelming abundance it’s generally a good idea

April 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels: Good, But How Good?

by Thomas W. Kerlin (ISA Interchange)  …Plants convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar via photosynthesis using energy from the

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Biomass Analysis Tool Is Faster, More Precise

by Bill Scanlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Renewable Energy World)  A screening tool from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable

March 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Newly Discovered Plant Structure May Lead to Improved Biofuel Processing

by James Hataway (University of Georgia)  When Li Tan approached his colleagues at the University of Georgia with some unusual

February 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Research Targets Cells to Reduce Lignin, Boost Fermentable Sugar

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute are exploring new ways to meet the challenge

December 31, 2012 Read Full Article

Garbage Bug May Help Lower the Cost of Biofuel

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  One reason that biofuels are expensive to make is that the organisms used to ferment the biomass

December 5, 2012 Read Full Article

NREL Researchers Use Imaging Technologies to Solve Puzzle of Plant Architecture

(US Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Breakthrough could help optimize capture of sugars for biofuels Scientists at the U.S.

November 30, 2012 Read Full Article

A Better Route to Xylan

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Find New Access to Abundant Biomass for Advanced Biofuels

November 17, 2012 Read Full Article

Wood Completely Broken Down into Its Component Parts

(Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes)  Crude oil is getting scarce. This is why researchers are seeking to substitute petroleum-based products

October 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Innovation Depends on a Good Pitch

by Kari Lydersen (Midwestern Energy News)  Purdue University associate professor Richard Meilan is striving to develop a poplar tree that grows more quickly

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

UMass-Amherst Team Solves Mystery of Cellulose Chains Breakdown

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What exactly happens in depolymerization, as hydrogen bonds break down?  How could that revolutionize the

September 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Enzymatic Digestibility of Corn Stover Fractions in Response to Fungal Pretreatment

by Zhifang Cui, Caixia Wan, Jian Shi, Robert W. Sykes, and Yebo Li (Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research)  Corn stover fractions (leaves, cobs, and stalks) were

September 14, 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

Functional Characterization of the Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) R2R3-MYB Transcription Factor PvMYB4 for Improvement of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks

Hui Shen, Xianzhi He, Charleson R. Poovaiah, Wegi A. Wuddineh, Junying Ma, David G. J. Mann, Huanzhong Wang,  Lisa Jackson, Yuhong Tang, C. Neal Stewart Jr, Fang Chen, Richard A.

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Genetic Manipulation of Lignin Reduces Recalcitrance and Improves Ethanol Production from Switchgrass

by Chunxiang Fu,  Jonathan R. Mielenz, Xirong Xiao, Yaxin Ge, Choo Y. Hamilton,  Miguel Rodriguez, Jr.,  Fang Chen, Marcus Foston,  Arthur Ragauskas, Joseph Bouton, Richard A. Dixon,

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Salicylic Acid Mediates the Reduced Growth of Lignin Down-Regulated Plants

Lina Gallego-Giraldo, Luis Escamilla-Trevino,  Lisa A. Jackson, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)   Down-regulation of the enzyme hydroxycinnamoyl

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Mutation of WRKY Transcription Factors Initiates Pith Secondary Wall Formation and Increases Stem Biomass in Dicotyledonous Plants

Huanzhong Wang,  Utku Avci,  Jin Nakashima,  Michael G. Hahn, Fang Chen, and Richard A. Dixon (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Discovery of Plant Gene Lays Groundwork for Improved Biofuel Processing

by James Hataway (UGA Today)  Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuel Research: Possibilities Still Growing at University of Georgia

(Ledger-Enquirer)  …Researchers at the University of Georgia may be close to finding it. A report by Susan Mittleman on Georgia

August 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Designing Microbes that Make Energy-Dense Biofuels without Sugar

(R&D Magazine)  With metabolically engineered microorganisms hungry for levulinic acid rather than sugar, a University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) chemical and

July 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Patent Issued For Lignin-Solvent Process

(JustMeans.com)  A patent that opens the door for the creation of biofuels from abundantly available plant fiber has been issued

July 19, 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

New Early Career Awards Support Biofuels Research

by Jill Sakai and Renee Meiller (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A young generation of researchers are seeking biofuels in some unlikely

June 4, 2012 Read Full Article

Algae Is Not Endive: The Future of Biofuels in the United States

by Dan Morgan (The Globalist)  The plant world has a curious way of providing fodder for Republicans in the midst

April 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Trillium FiberFuels, Oregon State University Get Grant for Advanced Biomass Enzymes

(Trillium FiberFuels Inc./Biorefining Magazine)  A team of scientists from Trillium FiberFuels and Oregon State University has been awarded a Small

April 26, 2012 Read Full Article

The Promise of Biotechnology Is Here Today, and Dyadic Is Determined to Make a Difference

(CFOCEO Magazine)  …Interview conducted by: Lynn Fosse, Senior Editor, CEOCFO Magazine, Published – April 20, 2012 …C1 is a very

April 23, 2012 Read Full Article

Plant Strength Key to Cracking Biofuels?

(ScienceAlert/Ecos Magazine)  Cellulose in plant cell walls contains sugars used to manufacture biofuels. However, this cellulose also resists decomposition, making

March 22, 2012 Read Full Article

Finding a Way to Put a Zebra in Your Tank

by Guy Gugliotta (New York Times)   …Dr. (David A.) Mullin (a professor of molecular biology at Tulane University)was collecting manure

January 10, 2012 Read Full Article

New Biofuel Production Technologies: Overview of These Expanding Sectors and the Challenges Facing Them

(IFP Energies Nouvelles)  The numerous research programmes looking at new-generation biofuels that were initiated over the last ten years are now

December 30, 2011 Read Full Article

How Virent Is Using Plants To Replace Oil

by Rachel Z. Arndt (FastCompany)   …(W)e speak with Mary Tilton, VP of plant operations at Virent, which is using

December 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels Face a Reality Check

by Lauren Sommer  (KQED)  …The idea behind biofuels is pretty simple. Plants take sunlight and use that energy to make

December 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Toward More Cost-Effective Production of Biofuels from Plant Lignocellulosic Biomass

(Science Daily)  …However, technologies are being developed to generate bioethanol from non-food sources, such as the lignocellulosics present in switchgrass

November 18, 2011 Read Full Article

First-of-a-kind Tension Wood Study Broadens Biofuels Research

(Physorg.com)  Taking a cue from Mother Nature, researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center have undertaken a first-of-its-kind

October 26, 2011 Read Full Article

Researchers Find Potential Key for Unlocking Biomass Energy

(Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  LANL molecular model helps expose cellulose weakness Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s

July 22, 2011 Read Full Article

No Eureka Moments in Long U.S. Campaign to Crack Cellulosic Code

by Paul Voosen (New York Times/Greenwire)  …For eons, plants have locked the sun’s energy into complex strands of sugar, used

July 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Unlocking the Structure of Lignin, and Feasible Pathways to Cellulosic Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Research from ORNL reveals new details of bioenergy’s most daunting technical barrier …Lignin, for those

June 17, 2011 Read Full Article

Cadillac Sugars, Chevrolet Prices

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new generation of technologists aim high in value, low in cost, as the race

April 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Biofuel Research beyond Ethanol is Crucial to Developing Alternative Sustainable Energy Resources

(KQED/Quest/Planet Forward)  For years there’s been buzz — both positive and negative — about generating ethanol fuel from corn. The

April 7, 2011 Read Full Article

Key Plant Traits Yield More Sugar for Biofuels

(University of California, Riverside)  Research by UC Riverside’s Charles Wyman could lead to less expensive production of biofuels New clues

March 30, 2011 Read Full Article

Advancing Next-Generation Biofuels

by Blake Simmons (Vice-President, Deconstruction Division, Joint BioEnergy Institute)  Simmons provides an overview of Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBI) and their

January 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Rediscovering Genes Related to Biomass Recalcitrance Using a Combination of High Throughput and High Resolution Plant Cell Wall Characterization Methods

by Dr. Mark Davis (BioEnergy Science Center, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Dr. Davis discusses a multidisciplinary approach

January 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Neutrons Helping Researchers Unlock Secrets to Cheaper Ethanol

(Science Daily)  New insight into the structure of switchgrass and poplars is fueling discussions that could result in more efficient

September 17, 2010 Read Full Article

Mascoma’s Magic World for Magic Bugs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …This is the Rome Labs site, which does quite a bit of intelligence-related R&D. The

September 2, 2010 Read Full Article

Mascoma: Inside the SunOpta Acquisition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New Hampshire, Mascoma reported yesterday that it had acquired SunOpta BioProcess, a division of

September 2, 2010 Read Full Article

Is There a Road Ahead for Cellulosic Ethanol?

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Much of the optimism surrounding cellulosic ethanol has faded because of the ongoing economic

August 16, 2010 Read Full Article

New Microbial Genetic System Dissects Biomass to Biofuel Conversion

by Margaret Broeren   (University of Wisconsin)  A research team at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has developed

June 17, 2010 Read Full Article

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