University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientist Michelle O’Malley has discovered enzyme complexes in herbivore digestive tracts that show promise for sustainable fuels and medicines. Lignocellulose is an abundant plant product that in its natural form isn’t suitable for making fuels and other products. It needs changed into sugars. O’Malley, an assistant professor of […]






A team from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oklahoma investigated the full life cycle impact of one promising ‘second-generation biofuel’ produced from short-rotation oak. The study found that second-generation biofuels made from managed trees and perennial grasses may provide a sustainable fuel resource. Over the years numerous studies have raised critical concerns […]






A University of Washington (UW) research team has made a new stride forward on a solution to remove beetle-killed trees from the forest and use them to make renewable transportation fuels or high-value chemicals. An important factor is they refined this technique to process larger pieces of wood than ever before, saving time and money […]






Kobe University researchers have found the mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells. The team believes the discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels. It has been a very long time since we’ve seen any news on the algae front. The improvement the team shows looks like an addition to algae competitiveness. The team’s […]






Belgium’s Ghent University researchers have developed a process that turns grass into biofuel. The press release is a little cute with the question, Will we soon drive on ‘grassoline’? Scientist Way Cern Khor tells us that during his PhD research he investigated methods that can disintegrate and treat grass until it can be used as […]






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