Colorado State University researchers have found new information for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. Over the past thirty years the corn industry has driven biofuels produced from corn as a fuel source to power motor vehicles and, perhaps soon, airplanes. Meanwhile the global warming […]

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) a DOE Bioenergy Research Center led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have made an important step in switchgrass production. The team of JBEI researchers, working with researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has demonstrated that […]

University of Illinois at Champaign’s Praveen Kumar has some non-enthusiast news, “While we are looking for solutions for energy through bioenergy crops, dependence on water gets ignored, and water can be a significant limiting factor.” Kumar, the Lovell Professor of civil and environmental engineering at UI Champaign said, “There are many countries around the world […]

Scientists at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and fermentation research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are bioengineering new lines of America’s native switchgrass, that are green house grown and lab processed making as much as 38% more ethanol. The team’s paper, “Genetic manipulation of lignin reduces recalcitrance and improves ethanol production from switchgrass” has been […]

University of Illinois researchers report that they have found dozens of previously unknown microbial enzymes in the bovine rumen – the cow’s primary grass-digestion chamber or stomach – that contribute to the breakdown of switchgrass, a leading candidate for a renewable biofuel energy resource. The team sequenced and analyzed 268 gigabases of “metagenomic” DNA from […]

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