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plant biomass

Termite Gut Holds a Secret to Breaking down Plant Biomass

In the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite are surprising even to those...

Cooperating Microbes Convert Methane to Alternative Fuel Source

Oil and gas wells and even cattle release methane gas into the atmosphere, and researchers are working on ways to not only capture this...
climate warming

Microalgae Could Play Key Role in Relieving Climate Warming

Think better living through marine microalgae, as it may become crucial to mitigate atmospheric greenhouse gases, reduce carbon dioxide emissions from commercial agriculture and...

NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution

Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new...

NREL Researchers Discover How a Bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, Utilizes both CO2...

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

Unraveling the Science behind Biomass Breakdown

Lignocellulosic biomass—plant matter such as corn residues, grasses, straws, and wood chips—is an abundant and sustainable waste product ideal for the production of renewable...
Super yeast

‘Super Yeast’ Has the Power to Improve Economics of Biofuels

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with...

Heat-Loving Microbe Engineered to Produce Bioalcohols for Fuel

The Science The U.S. bioethanol industry depends largely on turning a certain sugar into the simple two-carbon alcohol, the biofuel ethanol. Interest has increased around...

“Bioenergy can Support Food Security and Sustainable Development”

Bioenergy development and food security can be simultaneously improved, contrary to the popular belief that biofuels displace food crops, according to a report released...

Cellulose: new understanding could lead to tailored biofuels 

In the search for low emission plant-based fuels, new research may help avoid having to choose between growing crops for food or fuel. By using...

Fertilizer Use Could Reduce Climate Benefit Of Cellulosic Biofuels

According to a new, three-year study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University (MSU), the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops...

JBEI Scientists Unravel Omics Data Using Systems Biology-Based Workflow To Improve...

JBEI team developed a workflow to assess and interpret multi-omics data and use it to characterize strain variation in biofuel-producing E. coli.
Jet Fuel

Berkeley Lab Scientists Brew Jet Fuel in One-Pot Recipe

JBEI researchers use engineered bacteria to simplify biofuels production, potentially lowering cost

Alternative fuels for marine and inland waterways transport

A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector...
synthetic biochemistry

Major advance in ‘synthetic biochemistry’ holds promise for industrial products and...

UCLA biochemists have devised a way to convert sugar into a variety of useful chemical compounds without using cells

Will cars of the future run on poop?

The U.S. produces over 1 billion tons of manure, including human waste, every year. That mountain of excrement not only poses a disposal problem, it...

Biofuels from algae: a budding technology yet to become viable

Despite high expectations and extensive research and investment in the last decade, technological options are still in developing stages and key resources for algal...

Biofuel tech straight from the farm

Nature's figured it out already, how to best break down food into fuel. Now scientists have caught up, showing that fungi found in the...
battery, solar energy, Solar PV, cellulolytic, CdTe, Photovoltaic, solar, silicon solar cells, thermoelectric, NREL, battery, HydroGEN

NREL Explains the Higher Cellulolytic Activity of a Vital Microorganism 

Wide range of cellulase modalities in C. thermocellum makes it one of the most efficient biomass degraders

Optimizing Microbial Bioproduction of Fuels

Identifying factors that contribute to cell-to-cell variability in lipid production