Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientists have developed a new streamlined process that could quickly pare down the stack of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel. The new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system. A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload […]

Researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are looking beyond the usual suspected bugs in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels. A new comparative study finds the natural abilities of unconventional bacteria could help boost the efficiency of […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have come up with a new method for making interspecies yeast hybrids in the lab. The makers of beer, wine, biofuels and other products that depend on yeasts may soon have many more strains of the microorganism to work with. Beer first. About 500 years ago, the accidental natural hybridization of […]

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) just released a new analysis (a pdf file) that squarely sets the delays in advanced and cellulosic biofuels development on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s delays of the annual rulemaking for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during the past two years has stalled the necessary investment in […]

A team at the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences in Japan has developed an efficient production of both ethanol biofuel and animal feed from one crop. Using rice, the predominate grass and starch crop in Japan, the work can be done on a farm without the need for an off-site processor. The research has been […]

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