Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered a fundamental chemical action that could allow cellulose to soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.  The method discovered turns cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees, into an important building block for supercapacitors. OSU chemists […]

Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered an enzyme that digests cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading enzyme on the market. NREL researchers first discovered the enzyme in a microorganism found in the Valley of Geysers on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in 1990.  The team’s paper “Revealing Nature’s […]

Research findings published online in Science Express show a way for new initiatives supporting a bio-based fuel economy.  An international collaboration of plant scientists from VIB and Ghent University (Belgium), the University of Dundee (UK), The James Hutton Institute (UK) and the University of Wisconsin (USA) identified a gene in the biosynthetic pathway of lignin, […]

Researchers at the University of Bergen and Uni Research of Norway hatched an idea that sounds too good to be true: a common marine species that consumes microorganisms and can be converted into much-needed feed for salmon or a combustible biofuel. The crop is named Tunicates (ciona intestinalis) an unexpected source of such rich potential.  […]

Ionic liquids are the current leading edge of research to get the tough to get sugars from cellulosic and lignin tissues of plants.  News has broken via a prepublication release of a paper from a team at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI).  The JBEI team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a novel […]

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