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New NIST method accelerates stability testing of soy-based biofuel
NIST researchers have developed a method to accelerate stability testing of biodiesel fuel made from soybeans and identified additives that enhance stability at high temperatures, work that could help overcome a key barrier to the practical use of biofuels. (2009-01-13)

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Dec. 17, 2008
The American Chemical Society News Service Weekly Press Package with reports from 36 major peer-reviewed journals on chemistry, health, medicine, energy, environment, food, nanotechnology and other hot topics. (2008-12-22)

Waste coffee grounds offer new source of biodiesel fuel
Researchers in Nevada are reporting that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel for powering automobiles and industries. (2008-12-10)

DOE Joint Genome Institute completes soybean genome
The US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute has released a complete draft assembly of the soybean genetic code, making it widely available to the research community to advance new breeding strategies for one of the world's most valuable plant commodities. Soybean not only accounts for 70 percent of the world's edible protein, but also is an emerging feedstock for biodiesel production and is the leading US agricultural export. (2008-12-08)

Montana State researchers receive grant to study algae as a source of biofuel
Researchers at Montana State University have received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the US Department of Energy to study the oil produced by algae, which could be used as a renewable source of biodiesel. (2008-11-13)

Nature's own chemical plant
Crude oil is getting more and more expensive, a fact clearly felt by the chemical industry. An alternative source of carbon is biomass, for instance colza and whey, which can likewise be used to produce chemical products. (2008-11-10)

San Diego universities, government and industry rally around local Clean-Tech cluster
San Diego professors who are developing technologies that will fuel the continued growth of the region's (2008-11-06)

Simple device which uses electrical field could boost gas efficiency
A simple device which attaches to a vehicles fuel line near the fuel injector and creates an electrical field could boost gas efficiency as much as 20 percent. (2008-09-25)

Iowa State engineer works to clean and improve engine performance
Iowa State University's Song-Charng Kong and his students are working to reduce emissions in diesel engines, develop a computer model of a gasoline engine and optimize new engine technologies. The results could be cleaner, more efficient engines in our cars and trucks. (2008-09-17)

University to showcase cutting edge environmental research
The global problem of climate change will hit the spotlight today as researchers meet for a showcase at the University of Bath on environmental sustainability. (2008-09-15)

Oil seed rape grown for biofuel can help clean up toxic soils
Oil seed rape grown for biofuel in Ireland could help clean up contaminated soils, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. (2008-09-09)

Virginia Tech researcher converts biodiesel byproduct into omega-3 fatty acids
The typical American diet often lacks omega-3 fatty acids despite clinical research that shows their potential human health benefits. Zhiyou Wen, assistant professor of biological systems engineering in Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, found a way to grow these compounds using a byproduct of the emerging biodiesel industry. (2008-08-21)

MSU's discovery of plant protein holds promise for biofuel production
Scientists at Michigan State University have identified a new protein necessary for chloroplast development. The discovery could ultimately lead to plant varieties tailored specifically for biofuel production. (2008-08-15)

Algae: Biofuel of the future?
University of Virginia researchers have a plan to greatly increase algae oil yields by feeding the algae extra carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas) and organic material like sewage, meaning the algae could simultaneously produce biofuel and clean up environmental problems. (2008-08-15)

Can microorganisms be a solution to the world's energy problems?
Microorganisms once reigned supreme on the Earth, thriving by filling every nook and cranny of the environment billions of years before humans first arrived on the scene. Now, this ability of microorganisms to grow from an almost infinite variety of food sources may play a significant role in bailing out society from its current energy crisis, according to the Biodesign Institute's Bruce Rittmann, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and Rolf Halden. (2008-07-09)

A green solution to biofuel production
With the current drive towards production of alternative fuels from plant material, enzymes which can break down this material into useable compounds are required in industrial quantities and at a low cost. One group of scientists from Texas A&M University have come up with a solution: using plants to make the enzymes. Professor Zivko Nikolov will describe their research on Society for Experimental Biology's Annual Meeting in Marseille. (2008-07-06)

Research yields pricey chemicals from biodiesel waste
Chemical engineers at Rice University have unveiled a set of techniques for cleanly converting problematic biofuels waste into profitable chemicals. New research in the journal Metabolic Engineering describes a new fermentation process that allows E. coli and other enteric bacteria to convert glycerin -- the major waste byproduct of biodiesel production -- into formate, succinate and other valuable organic acids. The researchers say the technology could yield a new platform for (2008-06-30)

Algae from the ocean a sustainable energy source of the future
Research by two Kansas State University scientists could help with the large-scale cultivation and manufacturing of oil-rich algae in oceans for biofuel. (2008-06-26)

Are microbes the answer to the energy crisis?
The answer to the looming fuel crisis in the 21st century may be found by thinking small, microscopic in fact. Microscopic organisms from bacteria and cyanobacteria, to fungi to microalgae, are biological factories that are proving to efficient sources of inexpensive, environmentally friendly biofuels that can serve as alternatives to oil, according to research presented at the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. (2008-06-04)

Beyond nutrition -- plants deliver
The need for a renewable and affordable source of carbon that can sustain future economic development without negatively impacting the environment is now widely recognized. It is also apparent that the increasingly high demand for fossil carbon will eventually deplete existing stocks. (2008-05-12)

Newest GREET model updates environmental impacts
The newest version of the Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy use in Transportation model from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will provide researchers with even more tools to evaluate and compare the environmental impacts of new transportation fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. (2008-05-08)

New journal publishes important insights into the mechanism of efficient biofuel production
Pretreatment is an essential step in the enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass and the production of bioethanol, which together with biodiesel is the principal alternative to fossil fuels. (2008-04-15)

New research suggests biofuel blending is often inaccurate
While sampling blended biodiesel fuels purchased from small-scale retailers, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that many of the blends do not contain the advertised amount of biofuel. (2008-02-27)

U of Minnesota study: Destroying native ecosystems for biofuel crops worsens global warming
Turning native ecosystems into (2008-02-07)

International effort takes critical steps to accelerate growth of global biofuels market
Led by the world's three major producers of biofuels, an international effort seeks to harmonize standards for bioethanol and biodiesel, two key renewable energy sources and important commodities in the global marketplace. A report identifying standards differences is the first step. Next is for the US and Brazilian national measurement labs to address those differences and work toward worldwide compatibility of biofuels standards. (2008-02-01)

DOE JGI releases soybean genome assembly to enable worldwide bioenergy research efforts
A preliminary assembly and annotation of the soybean genome, Glycine max, has been made available by the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, to the greater scientific community to enable bioenergy research. The announcement was made by Eddy Rubin, DOE JGI director, during his keynote remarks Jan. 15 at the Plant and Animal Genome XVI Conference in San Diego, Calif. The preliminary data can be accessed at (2008-01-18)

Government of Canada calls on industry to participate in new biofuels initiative
More Canadians will soon be putting cleaner biofuels in their vehicles such as ethanol and biodiesel. The Honorable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced program details and eligibility requirements for $1.5 billion in biofuel production incentives available through the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY for Biofuels initiative. (2007-12-03)

Biodiesel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions
A CSIRO report released today confirms that using pure biodiesel or blending biodiesel with standard fuel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. (2007-11-27)

Generating hydrogen from biodiesel waste
Researchers at the University of Leeds have a potential solution to the problem of large quantities of low value by-product generated in the synthesis of biodiesel -- by turning it into high value hydrogen. (2007-11-27)

Researchers examine world's potential to produce biodiesel
What do the countries of Thailand, Uruguay and Ghana have in common? They all could become leading producers of the emerging renewable fuel known as biodiesel, says a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. (2007-10-17)

Deakin University research finds diesel exhaust kills throat cells
Researchers at Deakin University have found that diesel exhaust is far more damaging to our health than exhaust from biodiesel, the plant-based fuel. (2007-09-10)

Clemson scientists shed light on molecules in living cells
Clemson University chemists have developed a method to dramatically improve the longevity of fluorescent nanoparticles that may someday help researchers track the motion of a single molecule as it travels through a living cell. The chemists are exploiting a process called (2007-08-21)

Clemson chemists discover new way antioxidants fight debilitating diseases
Debilitating diseases are often linked to DNA damage that occurs when metal ions in the body produce reactive oxygen compounds that damage cells. Studies have shown antioxidants that neutralize this activity and are found in fruits, vegetables, green tea, garlic and onions can be effective at preventing damage. A Clemson team has found a new mechanism for antioxidant activity: antioxidants bind to naturally present iron and copper to prevent formation of compounds that damage DNA. (2007-08-19)

Sun Grant initiates new funding for biobased energy
The Sun Grant Initiative will be making available approximately $2.5 million during the next three years to area scientists and engineers developing and enhancing new sources of energy based on agricultural products. (2007-08-13)

New research seeks to enhance alternative fuel integration in public vehicle fleets
Rochester Institute of Technology and the County of Monroe, New York have created a research partnership to assess the performance of the county's fleet of E85 flex-fuel vehicles. E85 is comprised of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline and is considered a major alternative energy option for American automobiles. (2007-07-17)

Iowa State chemist hopes startup company can revolutionize biodiesel production
Victor Lin, a chemistry professor at Iowa State University, has developed a catalyst that he thinks will revolutionize biodiesel production. Lin has founded a company in Ames, Catilin Inc., to develop and market that technology. (2007-07-02)

Biotech breakthrough could end biodiesel's glycerin glut
With U.S. biodiesel production at an all-time high and a record number of new biodiesel plants under construction, the industry is facing an impending crisis over its major waste byproduct, glycerin. Rice University researchers have developed a possible solution, a new biotech process to convert glycerin into ethanol, another popular biofuel. Rice chemical engineers estimate the operational costs of the process to be about 40 percent less that those of producing ethanol from corn. (2007-06-26)

UGA and Mexican universities focus on production of biofuels in the agricultural sector
The University of Georgia and Mexico's livestock industry have formed a new research partnership to share expertise in generating fuels from waste materials. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the partnership will initiate training, internships and exchanges between UGA and a wide array of academics and professionals in Mexico. (2007-06-22)

MU study examines effectiveness of glycerin as cattle feed
Biodiesel is in high demand. The byproduct of this alternative source of energy, glycerin, is next, according to an agriculture scientist at the University of Missouri-Columbia. (2007-05-25)

New biofuel from trees developed at UGA
A team of University of Georgia researchers has developed a new biofuel derived from wood chips. Unlike previous fuels derived from wood, the new and still unnamed fuel can be blended with biodiesel and petroleum diesel to power conventional engines. (2007-05-18)

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