International Sugar Journal
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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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Regulatory hurdles in the US hinders advanced biofuels market [Registered]

Regulatory hurdles in the US appear to put a brake on successful commercialization of emerging advanced liquid biofuels in particular. In a recently published study by the University of Illinois […]

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Codexis scales up cellulase production for biorenewables market [Registered]

Codexis announced on 12 July that it is scaling up the production of the company’s proprietary cellulase enzymes. These enzymes are used to release sugars from cellulosic feedstocks which are […]

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Potentially valuable hydrocarbon identified in the algae Botryococcus braunii for biofuels production [Registered]

Algae Botryococcus braunii believed to be the source of oil and coal deposits that has lived in the planet for over 500 million years was identified by researchers at University […]

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Heat-tolerant enzyme suitable for cellulosic biofuels production sourced from hot springs [Registered]

Industrial scale biofuels production requires microbes to operate at high temperature. Bioprospectors from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found a microbe […]

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Termites guts source of enzymes for the production of lignocellulosic biofuels [Registered]

Termites break down the wood they eat via the enzymes they secrete from their guts. Researchers at Purdue University, USA have discovered a cocktail of enzymes (cellulases) from the guts […]

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DuPont to build cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, USA [Registered]

Nevada will be the site of one of the few commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plants in the world, DuPont announced on 27th June. Feedstock will be crop residues from corn […]

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Discovery of lignin-degrading enzyme in bacteria could boost biofuel production [Registered]

To date, pretreatment technologies have mainly focussed on releasing sugars from cellulose and hemicellulose components of lignocellulosic feedstocks for biofuels production. The byproduct lignin has either been used as fuel […]

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