University of Kent biologists have developed a new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of biotechnical applications including the production of biofuels and vaccines. The researchers have creating an improved system to allow for the synthesis of nano-reactors within cells that can be used to help convert sugar into fuel. […]

Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers have homed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Its been a while since algae research has seen news worthy progress. Low oil prices have put a heavy damper on algae news. […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate the pretreatment chemicals. Some chemicals used in pretreatment to speed up the breakdown of plants for production of biofuels like ethanol are poisonous to the yeasts that turn the plant sugars into fuel. Researchers from the University […]

University of Michigan (UM) researchers can now show a diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders. There’s been a dearth of algae news for quite some time now and this is the very best kind of news. The UM […]

Sweden’s Chalmers University researchers have developed new technologies that can be used to convert industrial plants to produce fossil-free heat, electricity, fuel, chemicals and other materials. The technical potential is enormous. By using only Sweden’s currently existing power plants, renewable fuels equivalent to 10 percent of the world’s aviation fuel could be produced. Now, after […]

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