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Mixed prairie grasses are better biofuel source, U of M study says
Highly diverse mixtures of native prairie plant species have emerged as a leader in the quest to identify the best source of biomass for producing sustainable, bio-based fuel to replace petroleum. A new study led by David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology in the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences, shows that mixtures of native perennial grasses and other flowering plants provide more usable energy per acre than corn grain ethanol or soybean biodiesel and are far better for the environment. (2006-12-07)

RAND to review renewable energy study and will issue corrected version
The RAND Corporation today announced that it is revising a study on renewable energy expenditures issued November 13 after learning there were some inadvertent errors in the computer model and numerical assumptions on which the study findings were based. (2006-12-05)

Winning the oil endgame in America to be discussed at NJIT forum
America's energy future is choice, not fate, and U.S. dependence on oil can be eliminated with proven technologies that create wealth and strengthen security. That's the message Nathan Glasgow of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) will bring to New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in his presentation on Oct. 25, 2006, at NJIT's Technology and Society Forum. (2006-10-04)

The first tree genome is published: Poplar holds promise as renewable bioenergy resource
Wood from a common tree may one day factor prominently in meeting transportation fuel needs, according to scientists whose research on the fast-growing poplar tree is featured on the cover of tomorrow's edition of the journal Science. (2006-09-14)

Scientific issues associated with carbon-neutral energy sources such as cellulosic ethanol
Professor Chris Somerville of the Carnegie Institution and Stanford University, explained August 5 at the ASPB Annual Meeting in Boston advances in plant science research that are both needed and achievable to reduce costs and multiply current levels of production of biofuels from plant cellulose (biomass). (2006-08-05)

Brownfields may turn green with help from Michigan State research
Growing crops for biofuels summons images of fuel alternatives springing from the rural heartland. But a Michigan State University partnership with DaimlerChrysler is looking at turning industrial brownfields green. (2006-08-03)

DOE to invest $250 million in new bioenergy centers
The U.S. Department of Energy will spend $250 million to establish and operate two new Bioenergy Research Centers to accelerate basic research on the development of cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels. Universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms are eligible to compete for an award to establish and operate a center. The centers' mission will be to conduct systems biology research on microbes and plants. (2006-08-02)

Texas A&M system agencies join forces to hasten bioenergy revolution
The Texas A&M University System has the scientific expertise in engineering and agriculture to become a national leader in the development of clean, renewable bioenergy -- when cars run on some refined form of grease, garbage or grain -- or scores of other plant and animal products. Today, the system's two premier research agencies -- the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station -- joined forces to hasten the bioenergy revolution. (2006-07-28)

Researchers identify energy gains and environmental impacts of corn ethanol and soybean biodiesel
The first comprehensive analysis of the full life cycles of soybean biodiesel and corn grain ethanol shows that biodiesel has much less of an impact on the environment and a much higher net energy benefit than corn ethanol, but that neither can do much to meet U.S. energy demand. The study was conducted by researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. (2006-07-10)

DOE publishes research roadmap for developing cleaner fuels
The Department of Energy today released an ambitious new research agenda for the development of cellulosic ethanol as an alternative to gasoline. The scientific (2006-07-07)

Biodiversity key to sustainable biofuel according to University of Minn. researcher's findings
Ecosystems containing many different plant species are not only more productive, they are also better able to withstand and recover from climate extremes, pests and disease over long periods of time. These findings, published in the June 1 issue of Nature, are the culmination of 12 years of experiments conducted by David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology at the University of Minnesota. (2006-05-31)

Ecosystems with many plant species produce more and survive threats better
Ecosystems containing many different plant species are not only more productive, they are better able to withstand and recover from climate extremes, pests and disease over long periods, according to a new study. It is the first experiment to gather enough data -- over a sufficient time and in a controlled environment -- to confirm a 50-year scientific debate about whether biodiversity stabilizes ecosystems. (2006-05-31)

Turning green into yellow
Future increases in biofuels production will require plants with new characteristics to generate new crops that work well for fuel production. This will be the topic of a presentation on Monday, May 8 in Washington, DC, by Dr. Kenneth Keegstra, Director of the Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University. (2006-05-08)

Formation of cellulose fibers tracked for the first time
Recent work from the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology and Stanford University describes the first real-time observations of cellulose fiber formation. The research provides the first clear evidence for a functional connection between synthesis of the cell wall and an array of protein fibers -- called microtubules -- that help to shape growing plant cells from the inside. (2006-04-20)

DOE JGI users to tout DNA sequencing achievements for bioenergy, climate, & bioremediation
More than 200 researchers from around the world, users of information generated by the industrial-strength DNA sequencing efforts of the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), will convene in Walnut Creek, Calif. March 29 through April 1 for the first ever DOE JGI User Meeting. (2006-03-28)

Biofuels research featured at day-long symposium at American Chemical Society meeting
Fuel chemists and other scientists from across the United States and Europe will present the latest research toward developing viable, cost-effective and high-performing biodiesel fuels on Sunday at the 231st national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, during a special day-long symposium, (2006-03-26)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory
News tips from the Department of Engergy include: (2006-02-23)

ASPB supports the President's research initiatives
The American Society of Plant Biologists today issued it's strong support for the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) and Advanced Energy Initiative recommended by President Bush. (2006-02-17)

Biofuels can replace about 30 percent of fuel needs with significant research and policy effort
A group of experts in science, engineering and public policy from Georgia Tech, Imperial College London and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory believe biofuels could replace about 30 percent of transportation fuel needs and have a plan to make biofuels and biomaterials a viable supplement to petroleum. (2006-02-01)

Green car sets speed record
When the non-profit organisation IdéeVerte Compétition decided to create a 'green' racing car, they turned to space technology to make it safer. Running on liquefied petroleum gas, one of the least polluting fuels, and lubricated with sunflower oil, the car is protected against fire hazards by space materials. 'Green' does not have to mean slow - last week the car set a new speed record of 315 km/h. (2004-11-15)

Prospect of greenhouse gas reduction drives biofuels market
The market for biofuels is driven by the need for security of fuel supply and the recognition that greenhouse gas emissions are causing global warming. In the US, the transportation sector is responsible for more than 70 percent of the petroleum consumed and one-third of the carbon dioxide emissions. (2002-12-09)

New U. of Colorado research may reduce renewable fuel costs
Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have developed a novel process involving the production of ethanol that could lead to a significant decrease in the cost of renewable fuel. (2001-05-22)

Better "bugs" lead to cheaper ethanol from biomass
Continued advances in genetic engineering are at the heart of two agreements that could further bring down the cost of making ethanol from biomass and boost the U.S. biofuels industry. The agreements are between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Arkenol Holdings. (1999-11-14)

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