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Former DuPont Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets and Lying to the FBI
July 12, 2018 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Took Trade Secrets and Proprietary Information When He Accepted a Job with a Competitor  —  Josh Harry Isler, age 55, from St. Ansgar, Iowa, pled guilty today in United States District Court in …

NREL: Novel Genetic Method Improves Efficiency of Enzyme
July 11, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(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 enzyme’s ability to break down …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 11th
July 11, 2018 – 9:29 am | No Comment

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 and service advances. For now, …

Industrial Enzymes Markets (2013-2020) – 2018 Global Strategic Business Report – Surging Demand for Biofuel Enzymes Drive Healthy Market Growth
July 9, 2018 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(ResearchAndMarkets.com/Globe Newswire) The “Industrial Enzymes – Global Strategic Business Report” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided …

New ‘Promiscuous’ Enzyme Helps Turn Plant Waste into Sustainable Products
July 3, 2018 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(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.
The discovery was led by members …

Edeniq Pathway Technology Renamed to Intellulose
June 27, 2018 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq)  Edeniq, Inc., a leading biotechnology company that develops processes for producing and measuring cellulosic ethanol, announced today that its Pathway technology has been renamed Intellulose, effective immediately. The rebranding effort includes a new Intellulose logo …

Zero to 10 Million in 5 years
June 27, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth.  —  Cellulosic ethanol production has been gaining momentum …

New Enzyme Boost Could Hasten Biofuel Production
June 25, 2018 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Caroline Brogan (Imperial College London)   Imperial scientists have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics.  —  This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production and …

USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project
June 22, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Hood College)  The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 21st, 2018
June 22, 2018 – 10:25 am | No Comment

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 and service advances. For now, …

ADM, DuPont Sign Agreement to Develop, Produce and Market Cellulase Enzymes
June 21, 2018 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Archer Daniels Midland) Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) and DuPont Industrial Biosciences today announced a collaboration to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants.
Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes
June 20, 2018 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, the company supplies innovations to the world’s leading companies across 40 markets. Best known for …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion
June 15, 2018 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corbion is a global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. In 2017, the company generated …

BASF Invests in LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal’s Underway on Advanced Fuels, Syngenta Breaks 3B Gallon Mark, Leaf Gets an Accelerator: Partnership Frenzy in the Bioeconomy
June 14, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But it shows also what smaller companies can do when they partner effectively – whether that means industrial giants like ArcelorMittal or BASF, technology accelerator schemes like Unreasonable Impact, or …

BASF and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits to Collaborate and Leverage Synergies Bringing Increased Value to Ethanol Producers
June 14, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits/BASF)  BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) have formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in …

Improving Electron Transfer in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells
June 12, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Yirka (Phys.org)   A team of researchers with members from institutions in Singapore, China and the U.K. has found a way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. In their paper published in …

Higher Yields, Faster Fermentation, Reduced Energy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ XCELIS Platform
June 8, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont XCELIS, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub – designed to increase yields, speed fermentation …

NREL Finds Easier Ways to Deconstruct Biomass
June 7, 2018 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(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, requires a two-step process to …

In a First, Indian Oil Corporation to Channel Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Production
June 7, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Outlook India)  In a first-of-its-kind venture in the world, Indian Oil Corporation is planning to utilise off-gases (waste gas) from various processing units of its refineries for production of ethanol. The move will reduce the carbon footprint of the …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Launches 3 New Ethanol Products
June 6, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont Xcelis, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub—designed to increase yields, speed fermentation and reduce …

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
May 24, 2018 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

Hot Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute
May 22, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers …

Industrial Enzyme Frontiers: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen
May 21, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen’s MetZyme enzymatic solutions cover the entire bio-based value chain from feedstock to high-value chemicals and enable the use of cellulosic feedstocks as well as the creation of entirely new bio-based …

Riding Bacterium to the Bank: Sandia Researchers Tailor E. coli to Convert Plants into Renewable Chemicals
May 18, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(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 technology based on bioengineered bacteria …

The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot
May 16, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review)  In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California. The state-of-the-art lab, …

Key Enzyme for Production of Second-Generation Ethanol Discovered in Brazilian Amazon
May 16, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(São Paulo Research Foundation/EurekAlert)  Protein encoded by gene found in microorganisms living in Amazon lake could boost efficiency on the sugarcane bagasse saccharification process, which makes for up to 50% of the global costs of cellulosic …

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
May 8, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

‘Augmented Biology’: Exploring New Avenues in Biofuel Production
May 1, 2018 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(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 to our global energy needs.

Collaborating …

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Technology at Its Stanley, Wisconsin Facility
April 25, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(BBI International/PR Newswire)  Adoption of both D3MAX and Whitefox Technologies will result in making the Stanley ethanol plant one of the most efficient ethanol facilities in the world.  —  D3MAX, LLC and Ace Ethanol, LLC announced today that Ace Ethanol …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar
April 24, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and Joel Stone from ConVergince. While they …

International Conference on Sustainable Biofuel 2018 (26-27 February 2018): A Report
April 23, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Gunjan Mukherjee (Advanced Biofuels USA/Chandigarh University Institute of Biotechnology (UIBT))  The International Conference on Sustainable Biofuel was held at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India.
The concept of the conference was that use of …

Research Shows How Genetics Can Contribute for Advances in 2G Ethanol Production
April 17, 2018 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(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 are regulated and how they …

XCELIS™ Is DuPont’s Fuel Ethanol Platform
April 7, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Ag Newswire)  DuPont gave its new XCELIS™ fuel ethanol platform a colorful debut at the National Ethanol Conference last month in San Antonio, with a rainbow of pastel colored arches along the walkway to the meeting area.
“XCELIS is …

Enzymatic Construction of Highly Strained Carbocycles
April 6, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Kai Chen, Xiongyi Huang, S. B. Jennifer Kan, Ruijie K. Zhang, Frances H. Arnold (Science Magazine)  Double rings made with heme  —  Cyclic organic structures with adjacent three-carbon rings—bicyclobutanes—are useful starting materials for chemical and materials …

Team Discovers Enzyme Domains that Dramatically Improve Performance
March 30, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(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. By studying and comparing the …

DSM Announces Broad Product Offering for the Biofuels Industry
March 30, 2018 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(DSM/Newswire Today) Royal DSM announces its commitment to bring innovative solutions to the biofuels industry with a full portfolio offering of yeast and enzymes for starch, fiber and biomass conversions – DSM.com. Euronext: DSM KON —  Royal …

XCELIS™ Is DuPont’s Fuel Ethanol Platform
March 16, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  DuPont gave its new XCELIS™ fuel ethanol platform a colorful debut at the National Ethanol Conference last month in San Antonio, with a rainbow of pastel colored arches along the walkway to the meeting …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1
March 1, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event …

A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
February 27, 2018 – 8:30 pm | No Comment

by Katarina Zimmer (The Scientist)  The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.  — … Green Fuel  — Finding enzymes in nature that convert plant oils into fossil fuel–like hydrocarbons …

Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
February 27, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Meltem Urgun-Demirtas (U.S. Department of Energy)  … With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) totaling nearly $1.3 million since 2013, ANL researchers are using X-ray spectroscopy to move the nation …

SynTec: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Biology for Tailored Enzyme Cocktails
February 27, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Novozymes that proposes to deliver a screening platform which can be used to reduce discovery time required for tailoring enzymes to …

Bugging out over Exciting Enzymes Found in Ancient Insects
February 26, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of York found that the ability of some insects to efficiently digest cellulose could be exploited for industrial processes, such as the production of …

Fungal Enzymes Could Hold Secret to Making Renewable Energy from Wood
February 20, 2018 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(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 of the main components of …

Genetically Engineered Fungus Now Squeezes out More Biofuel from Farm Waste
February 5, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

T V Jayannew (The Hindu Business Line)  India’s efforts to enhance biofuel production may get a boost from a work being done at a research laboratory in New Delhi.
Researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering …

Cell-Free Bio-Discovery: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SynVitroBio
January 8, 2018 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synvitrobio accelerates bio-discovery through cell-free systems. Synvitrobio’s Next Generation Expression platform allows for high-throughput data collection that is real and experimentally validated at speeds of simulation based approaches.
A cell-free system is a …

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology Ink MoA for Research on Bio-Fuel
December 26, 2017 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(New Indian Express)  After initiating the move to set up a second generation ethanol plant in Bargarh district with an investment of `750 crore, the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has partnered with Odisha University …

NREL Research Finds a “Sweet Spot” for Engineering Better Biofuel Enzymes
December 12, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Added sugar takes on a whole new meaning in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) work to uncover the secrets behind one of nature’s most powerful tools—cellulose-degrading enzymes. — Researchers at NREL …

This Is an Algorithm, That Is Alive: The Rise of Arzeda and Digital Biology
December 8, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The question is being raised all over Silicon Valley — and increasingly around the world — if biotechnology is essentially a branch of information technology. 

Investors, theorists, entrepreneurs are forming a thesis that profound …

Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC Receives EPA Approval for Cellulosic Ethanol Using Edeniq’s Technology
December 5, 2017 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Business Wire)  Edeniq, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC’s (MAAPW) registration to produce cellulosic ethanol at its ethanol production facility in Madrid, Neb. …

Rot Is Hot to Trot: Brown Rot Fungi Cries “Tora! Tora! Tora!” to Biomass
December 5, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

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 in a rainforest knows it. …

Welcome to the Protein Revolution: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Codexis
December 4, 2017 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its technology to the development of biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Codexis’ proven technology enables implementation of …

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
November 30, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

From Conventional to Advantaged: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
November 29, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, …

Provivi and the Insect Love Story that Never Happens
November 29, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a biotechnology succeed in reducing pests and the resultant damage to crops they bring — by making it nearly impossible for them to find mates and produce future pest generations?
Provivi’s …

DuPont Launches Synerxia Thrive to Increase Ethanol Yields
November 28, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the launch of Synerxia Thrive Fermentation System, the newest innovation in the company’s synergistic fermentation system technologies. The new fermentation system will deliver higher ethanol yields, incomparable …

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol
November 22, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years.
Most technologies have fallen …

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production
November 15, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

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 ethanol production cost from abundant …

To Find New Biofuel Enzymes, It Can Take a Microbial Village
November 14, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Newswise) Berkeley Lab-led study unveils new source of robust cellulases in compost  —  A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates …

VTT to Develop Enzymes Found in Wildfire-Prone Areas
November 14, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a …

BioFuelDB: A Database and Prediction Server of Enzymes Involved in Biofuels Production
November 8, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Nikhil Chaudhary​, Ankit Gupta​, Sudheer Gupta, Vineet K. Sharma​ (Peer J) In light of the rapid decrease in fossils fuel reserves and an increasing demand for energy, novel methods are required to explore alternative biofuel …

Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM Achieves Cellulosic Biofuel Breakthrough
November 6, 2017 – 9:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Dakota, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, overcoming …

BREAKING NEWS: DowDuPont to Exit Cellulosic Biofuels Business
November 2, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Delaware, DowDuPont announced that it intends to sell its cellulosic biofuels business and its first commercial project, a 30 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The …

Clariant to Build Flagship Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Romania: 8-Figure Sales Potential Envisioned
November 1, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Clariant’s board has approved investment in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology. The new plant, with an …

Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes
October 20, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

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 “more cost effective than sugar …

2017’s Agriculture Revolution Is Gaining Pace, Getting Faster
October 13, 2017 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Agriculture, that is — our original industry, is being turned upside down. Data, genetics, intelligence, transmission, storage, processing, sustainability, and mobility are the drivers.
Not since the heady days of the Summer of …

Enzymes at Work: Breaking Down Stubborn Cellulose for Biofuels
October 13, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(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 molecules to breakdown plant material — as …

Giant Bacteria Make Algae Easy to Stomach
October 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/King Abdullah University of Science & Technology)  Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. Not only do these findings explain the basis of surgeonfish diversity, …

Biological Solvers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes
October 3, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, the company supplies innovations to the world’s leading companies across 40 markets. Our solutions improve …

Engineering and Evolution in Biotechnology
September 26, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advancements in yeast optimization are gaining momentum. New companies are entering the space and veterans are improving their processes.  —  Yeast strains used in the ethanol industry have remained …

Enzyme’s Worth to Biofuels Shown in Latest NREL Research
September 20, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or …

Depolymerizing That Dang Lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochemical Lignin Deconstruction
September 15, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a biological approach to depolymerize lignin for upgrading of aromatic compounds to co-products. Lignin valorization is key for meeting …

Getting to the Point (Mutations) in Re-Engineering Biofuel-Producing Bacterial Enzymes
September 15, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(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 more efficient  —   Converting fibrous …

How Two Microbes Joined Forces to Produce Bio-diesel from Carbon Waste
September 15, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

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 way to convert carbon-rich waste …

Plug-and-Play: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzyme Engineering and Optimization
September 13, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Michael Himmell at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop technology to meet or exceed the target of 10 mg/g …

Scientists Show Renewable Biocell Is Possible
September 12, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  … Over recent years, growing knowledge of biocatalysts and enzymes has revitalised interest in fuel cells, with research showing their hydrogen and oxygen transformation potential could be comparable to that offered by platinum.
Researchers at …

Targeted Microbial Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Biomass Sugars
September 11, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

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 (HC) and co-products to support …

A Photoenzyme Allows Microalgae to Produce Hydrocarbons
September 7, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(ESRF)  Chlorella is a single-cell freshwater alga belonging to a type of microalgae which are cultivated on an industrial scale and have potential for the production of energy-rich molecules. Researchers at the CEA (French Atomic …

Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics
September 7, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Plant Bottle has generated so much goodwill and publicity for its 30% renewable, sustainable content (and that biobased MEG) that it’s easy to forget that there are several paths …

Norwegian and French Researchers Discover a Novel Enzymatic Mechanism that May Revolutionize Biorefining and Sustainable Production of Biofuels
September 6, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

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 have created a revolution in …

Markus Ribbe and Yilin Hu: Brewing Biofuel from Bacteria
August 31, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Wolfson (University of California Irvine Applied Innovation)  In a high-ceiling room in professor Markus Ribbe’s lab, a giant still emits pungent vapors from fermenting bacteria. Ribbe, chancellor’s professor of molecular biology and biochemistry …

Aemetis Completes Enzymatic Biodiesel Production Unit at India Plant to Supply US and Europe
August 29, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Company well positioned to fill expected supply gap caused by anti-dumping ruling against Argentina and Indonesian biodiesel in the U.S. market  —  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in …

Biotechnology Researchers Turn to Landfill Sites
August 24, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(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 fuel more efficient biofuel production.
A …

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death
August 17, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why …

Value-Added Investments Grow Agriculture
August 15, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Gov. Pete Ricketts (York News Times)  Investments in the area of value-added agriculture are helping to grow our state’s number one industry. Many people think of traditional row crops when they think of agriculture, however, …

Earnings Season: An Advanced Bioecononomy’s Health and Wellness Check-Up
August 15, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest, let’s look at trends driving the industry’s results at scale — and while money is not the measure of all progress, it is the ultimate yardstick and …

A New Chloroplast Role for Making Biofuels
August 11, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars.
In a recent study published in the journal The Plant Cell, the …

Processing Pathways
August 4, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Interest in cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is piqued, as technology providers improve on their processes, increasing revenue stream possibilities for producers.  —  Some producers and technology developers in the …

2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Awards POET’s Jeff Broin 10th annual George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology
July 10, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  For those in the biofuels industry, the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is a must. This year’s World Congress will feature a 12-session Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms track, covering …

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’ Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production
July 7, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

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 have identified the specifics of …

Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, other Biofuels and Gasoline
July 7, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Rutgers University)  Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University.  They’ve demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they …

DuPont and Bock Announce Strategic Partnership, Expanding Biogas Enzymes Distribution Footprint
June 30, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(DuPont/PR Web)  DuPont intends to provide its OPTIMASH® AD-100 enzyme biotechnology to Bock for distribution of the biogas enzymes to customers across the United Kingdom.  —   DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and silage storage specialists Bock UK Ltd (Bock) …

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’ Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production
June 29, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Rumsey and Heidi Hill  (Newswise/Department of Energy)  Producing biofuels like ethanol from plant materials requires various enzymes to break down the cellulosic fibers. Scientists using neutron scattering have identified the specifics of an enzyme-catalyzed …

Rayeman Elements Partners with Saola Energy on Leading Industry Bolt-On Enzymatic Biodiesel Technology Platform
June 14, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Rayeman Elements/EIN News Desk)  Rayeman Elements expands their product offerings to include enzymatic bolt-on biodiesel technology, with Saola Energy providing project engineering and design  —  Rayeman Elements, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has …

IIT-Kharagpur Develops Technology to Make Pollution-Free Biofuel
June 1, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Business Insider) … The ‘soil-to-soil’ manufacturing technology developed at the P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy at IIT – Kharagpur is in the process of being patented.
Researchers say bioethanol can be produced from various naturally available …

Transforming Eco-Product Performance and Accessibility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont and Biomaterials
June 1, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a multi-part strategy to deliver new technologies to the growing biofuels and chemicals markets market. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol production through differentiated agriculture seed products …

Neutral Fuels Unveils ‘World’s First’ Commercialised Enzymatic Biofuel
May 31, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Neutral Fuels, a biodiesel producer based in the UAE, has become the first company in the world to commercialise an enzymatic biofuel.
For six years Neutral Fuels has been producing biodiesel using cooking oil, …

POET Founder, Chairman and CEO Jeff Broin to Receive 2017 BIO George Washington Carver Award
May 31, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Business Wire/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  Broin to accept award and deliver remarks at 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology  —  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced that POET Founder, Chairman and CEO Jeff Broin …

Owning The Ethanol Exec Role
May 30, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  One year into her role as Guardian Energy CEO, Jeanne McCaherty has tapped into her previous experience at Cargill and the unique make-up of the ethanol industry.  —  It’s …

Fungi the Key to Efficient Biomass Breakdown and Cheap Biofuels?
May 30, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   …   A team from the University of California, Santa Barbara are focusing their research on the estimated 1.5 million species of fungi on earth which can collectively break down almost any substance.
In …

10 Industrial Biotechnology Wave Trends to Watch
May 26, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are news items, then there are trends, and finally there are wave trends — trends of critical importance and that carry the likelihood of having long-lasting impact. Like the fast ripples …

Protein, Pathway Design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda
May 23, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production.
CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this illuminating overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough …

Insight into Enzyme’s 3D Structure Could Cut Biofuel Costs
May 19, 2017 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory)  Neutron crystallography maps LPMOs that break down fibrous cellulose  —  Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such …

Gov. Ricketts, Novozymes Unveil $36 Million Investment in Blair
May 17, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(State of Nebraska/Foreign Affairs)  Today, less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion …

Little Big Ally: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ginkgo BioWorks
May 17, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ginkgo Bioworks designs custom microbes for customers across multiple markets. We build our foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Organism engineers at Ginkgo …

Trash into Treasure: Sandia Could Help Biofuel Pay for Itself with Goods Made from Waste
May 9, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(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 made from plants is much more …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial 5C and 6C sugars
May 3, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest had a well-received webinar on C5 and C6 sugars, featuring in-demand industry consultant David Dodds and Fluid Quip exec Jeffrey Robert — looking at transformative approaches to making sugars and …

ICGEB Scientists Identify Key Enzyme for Biofuel Production in Fungal Gene
April 13, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Biospectrum)  The new fungal source Penicillium funiculosum could be a strong alternative in the industrial enzyme repertoire for biofuel production  —  Scientists at New Delhi-based International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) have peered …

New Route to FDCA: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen’s Chemo-Enzymatic Process
April 12, 2017 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, news arrived from MetGen that they have developed a novel chemo-enzymatic process that leads to oxidized forms of 5-HMF. They report that “this form of sugar is known …

Could This Enzyme Help Turn Biofuel Waste into Something Useful?
April 7, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Sarah Yang (Berkeley Lab)  Joint BioEnergy Institute study targets LigM for its role in breaking down aromatic pollutants  —  A protein used by common soil bacteria is providing new clues in the effort to …

Enzymes Offer Waste-to-Energy Solution
April 6, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Mark Peplow (Science Magazine)  A cutting-edge waste-to-energy plant is taking shape in the industrial heartland of the United Kingdom. When the £60 million facility opens in May, it will be the world’s first commercial-scale plant …

National Academies Report Finds Future Biotechnology Products May Overwhelm Agencies
March 14, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On March 9, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) published a report entitled Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, prepared by the Committee on Future Biotechnology Products …

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production
February 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Lab Manager/U.S. Department of Energy)  Wood’s complex structure makes it highly resistant to biological or chemical decomposition. The structure includes cellulose, long chains of linked sugar molecules, embedded in a scaffolding of a chemical known …

New Enzyme From Novozymes Can Boost Ethanol Yields
February 21, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Novozymes is launching a new line of advanced enzymes to increase ethanol yields by converting sugar that would otherwise be wasted.
The Spirizyme® T Portfolio is an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes …

The Sunliquid Technology – A Unique and Validated Pre-treatment Approach to 2G Ethanol
February 21, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant)  … Our approach at Clariant when developing the sunliquid® technology was to deliver an entirely integrated process from feedstock to finished product including our proprietary enzyme and fermentation organism platform, where all process …

Low Cost Sugars and Lignin Streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis
February 20, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to this presentation deck from NREL’s Melvin Tucker, “to produce high concentration sugar and reactive lignin streams at high yields and low costs from biomass to meet BETO’s 2017 ($5/GGE) and …

POET-DSM Plans On-Site Enzyme Manufacturing Facility at Project Liberty
February 17, 2017 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(POET)  POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals.  The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. …

New Enzyme Has Potential to Turn Plant Biomass into Biofuel
February 8, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Kenny Walter (R&D Magazine)  …  Scientists have studied these enzymes in pure cultures of microorganisms, despite the fact that microorganisms break down cellulose as communities in the environment.

To examine this further, a multi-institutional team …

Environmental Friendly Methodology for Production of Ethanol from Bagasse by Sequential Bio-Processing
January 24, 2017 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Prabhuraj Balakrishnan (University of Manchester/Nanowerk News)  … In a research work by The University of Manchester academics (Prof. Colin Webb’s research group at the School of Chemical Engineering), a new methodology have been developed, that …

Process Integrated Enzyme Production: The Cost-Efficient Way to Commercially Viable 2G Cellulosic Ethanol
January 24, 2017 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant/Biofuels Digest)  Cellulosic ethanol is no longer a topic solely discussed in scientific papers or conferences, or by the academic world. It has made its way through the stages of technology development, …

Novozymes Cuts Jobs, Says U.S. Policy, Monsanto Deal Pose Risks
January 20, 2017 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Teis Jensen (Reuters)  To cut 198 jobs, invest more in emerging markets; Says could take time to return to past growth rates;  Bayer takeover of Monsanto, US energy policy pose risks;  Q4 earnings beat expectations, …

UCI Scientists Identify a New Approach to Recycle Greenhouse Gas
December 23, 2016 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(University of California, Irvine)  Using a novel approach involving a key enzyme that helps regulate global nitrogen, University of California, Irvine molecular biologists have discovered an effective way to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon …

A Critical Look at Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels
December 13, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Alexander A. Koukoulas0 (ANL Consultants LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … The pursuit of 2nd Gen fuels has been motivated by several factors including: their inherently low-cost, at least from a theoretical standpoint; their potential for drastically reducing carbon …

Leaf Resources and Novozymes Launch Biomass-to-Sugars Collaboration
December 7, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Leaf Resources)  Leaf Resources’ patented biomass pretreatment process- GLYCELL – is an innovative, high-yield route to clean, economical cellulosic sugars —  Leaf Resources today announced a collaboration with Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial …

Industrial Enzyme Market (Food and Beverage, Cleaning, Biofuel, Animal Feed) Size & Share Analysis Industry Overview & 2016-2020 Forecasts Research Report
December 2, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(OrbisResearch.com/ABNewsWire)  OrbisResearch.com has published “Global Industrial Enzyme Market (Food and Beverage, Cleaning, Biofuel, Animal Feed): Industry Analysis and Outlook (2016-2020)” market report to its research database. The key factors driving the growth of industrial enzyme …

Hi-Performance Tech Package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
December 2, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

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 …

Masdar Institute Faculty Wins 2016 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship Award
November 25, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Clarence Michael (Masdar Institute)  Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi Presents Award to Dr. Hanifa Taher Al Blooshi for Research in Designing A NEW Novel System for Enzymatic Biodiesel Production – Her Excellency …

New Biofuel Cell with Energy Storage
November 15, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum)  Researchers have developed a hybrid of a fuel cell and capacitor on a biocatalytic basis. With the aid of enzymatic processes, what’s known as a biosupercapacitor efficiently generates and stores energy. The trick: the …

Reinventing Enzymes, Molecules by Design: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda
November 14, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production.
CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough technology …

Suds-Be-Gone: Novozymes Launches World-First Biological Foam Control for Sugarcane Ethanol
November 9, 2016 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Denmark, Novozymes launched Fermax, an enzyme protease that prevents foam development during the sugarcane ethanol fermentation process, while delivering improved control and replacing chemicals. In trials, partners also experienced …

Awards of £5m for New UK-Brazil Joint Projects in Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Research
October 21, 2016 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A joint investment between UK’s BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in advanced biofuels research.
The funding – £3.5 …

Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Praj
October 14, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of ethanol from conventional to advanced. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Praj – going through …

Zymergen Gets Lit: Raises $130M in Epic Series B
October 12, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Here’s what you get with Zymergen. You pack up your production microbe — currently making enzymes, PlantBottle precursors, flavors, fragrances, advanced polymers, therapeutics and so on. You ship to Emeryville. …

Advanced Enzymes for Lignocellulosic Conversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen
September 26, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Shaping the future of bioenergy and renewable chemicals,” that’s the lofty technological goal which MetGen has set for itself. The company has made a name for itself via participation as …

Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct
September 26, 2016 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They called it Mission Impossible. Create a means to biodegrade any plastic out there that needs to decompose in the environment after use. Find little microbes that can break the …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes, P&G
September 22, 2016 – 2:35 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 …

Several Bioenergy Projects Receive SBIR Funding
September 19, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA recently announced $7.4 million in grants will be awarded to 76 small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program to support research related to food security, …

Catalyst for Cleaner, Faster Chemicals
September 1, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Flinders University)  Enzymes, described as the ‘engine rooms’ of the natural world, can now work up to 16 times faster thanks to ‘paradigm shifting’ technology developed between Flinders and University of California Irvine.
The latest breakthrough …

Diverse Fungi Secrete Similar Suite of Decomposition Enzymes
August 31, 2016 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Department of Energy)  Soil fungi secrete a wide range of enzymes that play an important role in biofuel production and bioremediation of metal-contaminated soils and water. A recent study reveals different fungal species secrete a …

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 …

Weird Science: How to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Renewable Biofuel
August 30, 2016 – 11:51 pm | No Comment

by David Dittman (Wall Street Daily) … ClimateWire recently reported that scientists have engineered a bacterium that can turn carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel in a single, enzyme-catalyzed metabolic step.
Summarizing a paper published on August 22, …

Biofuel Enzymes Industry Size, Growth and 2021 Forecasts Report
August 15, 2016 – 8:51 am | No Comment

(AB Newswire/ReportsWeb.com) ReportsWeb.com adds Global Biofuel Enzymes Market 2016 Research Report to its vast collection of research database. The report is spread across 157 pages and supported by 14 company leaders, 111 list of tables and …

Novozymes on Novozymes: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes’ Q2 results
August 11, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Denmark, Novozymes reported its Q2 earnings and updated its outlook for the rest of 2016. Headlines?  Sales grew by 3% organically in the first half, EBIT was on par, …

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 …

New Understanding of One of Nature’s Best Biocatalysts for Biofuels Production
July 15, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(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 a ubiquitous microorganism called Clostridium thermocellum …

Strong Demand for Bioethanol from Emerging Markets to Beef up Enzyme Sector, Study Finds
July 7, 2016 – 9:01 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The global enzymes market is expected to reach $17.5bn by 2024 helped by strong demand for bioethanol in emerging economies, according to a new study by Grand View Research.
Growing demand for enzymes in food …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Launches New Enzyme Product for Biogas Industry
July 6, 2016 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(DuPont/PR Web)  State-of-the-Art Biotechnology Offering Will Increase Methane Yields and Improve Profitability  —  Today, DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced the launch of OPTIMASH® AD-100, an innovative new enzyme product that will help biomethane producers improve biogas …

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

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Fundamental enzyme study leads to increased access to bioenergy feedstocks and improves ethanol yield by modifying plant cell wall structures.
Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds …

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 …

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

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