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Cost effective sampling of grasses to assess cellulosic biofuel yields [Registered]

USDA-ARS researchers have developed an inexpensive sampling system to grade quality of perennial grasses for potential ethanol production at the biorefinery’s loading dock. The researchers, led by Ken Vogel, have […]

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USDA funds cellulosic ethanol project in Florida [Registered]

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on 18th August that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development issued a $75 million loan guarantee to support construction of cellulosic ethanol plant with […]

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Reversing E. coli’s metabolism speeds up butanol production [Registered]

Rice University engineering researchers reversed the metabolism of bioengineered Escherichia coli to rapidly convert glucose into butanol. The researchers reversed one of the most efficient of all metabolic pathways — […]

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Petrobas to invest $570m for ethanol acquisitions by 2015 [Registered]

Brazil’s state-led oil company Petrobras plans to spend $570m over five years for ethanol-industry acquisitions, about a third of its planned biofuel investment during the period, a company official said […]

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New demonstration plant will showcase Sud-Chemie’s cellulosic ethanol production technology [Registered]

Construction of a demonstration plant to showcase Sud-Chemie’s cellulosic ethanol production technology has commenced in Straubing (Lower Bavaria, Germany). In the presence of Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Zeil, […]

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Tracking unburnt biofuels in atmosphere [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science have discovered a technique to track urban atmospheric plumes thanks to a unique isotopic signature found in […]

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Corrosive nature of ethanol accelerated by bacteria that feeds on it [Registered]

One of the limitations of fuel ethanol is that due to its corrosive nature it cannot be transported in existing pipeline network. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and […]

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Pretreatment with ammonia increases enzymatic saccharification of cellulosic feedstocks five-fold [Registered]

One of the key difficulties in creating biofuels from plant matter is that the cellulose tends to orient itself into a sheet-like network of highly ordered, densely packed molecules. These […]

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Bioengineering yeast to utilise C5 sugar effectively [Registered]

One of the key challenges for researchers involved in developing cellulosic biofuels technology is securing yeast that will effectively utilize C5 sugars along with the C6 sugars released from cellulose […]

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EU’s less than full hearted approach to biofuel sustainability [Registered]

The EU Commission launched in late July an EU-wide sustainability benchmark for biofuels, but kicked a major aspect of the guarantee into the long grass. Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger had […]

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