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Concerns about efforts to foster the biofuel boom
Despite growing evidence that biofuels may not be the cure-all once envisioned, many countries are still rushing headlong with biofuels development policies that experts say are having negative as well as positive impacts on the sustainable-energy dream. That's the topic of the cover story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. (2011-08-17)

BP Biofuels, Texas AgriLife Research sign agreement to advance biofuel feedstock development
BP Biofuels and Texas AgriLife Research, part of The Texas A&M University System, have signed a three-year agreement to develop and commercialize cellulosic feedstocks for the production of advanced biofuels. The collaboration will utilize AgriLife Research's diverse high biomass energy crop breeding program and BP Biofuels' position as one of the few global energy companies growing commercial-scale biomass crops for liquid fuels. (2012-08-14)

The ethics of biofuels
An article in the current issue of Global Change Biology Bioenergy outlines a framework for evaluating biofuels in order to address ethical issues surrounding the rapidly evolving race to develop biofuels. Professor Joyce Tait, Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Biofuels, and Scientific Adviser to the Innogen Centre at Edinburgh University, reports on the Council's proposed development of a comprehensive ethical standard for biofuels. (2011-05-09)

Global Biopact on biofuels can bring benefits to both rich and poor nations
A global Biopact between rich and poor nations can help alleviate poverty and global warming. (2008-02-20)

Smithsonian scientists highlight environmental impacts of biofuels
Biofuels reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in comparison to fossil fuels. In the Jan. 4 issue of the journal Science, Smithsonian researchers highlight a new study that factors in environmental costs of biofuel production. Corn, soy and sugarcane come up short. The authors urge governments to be far more selective about which biofuels they support, as not all are more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels. (2008-01-03)

EU biofuels regime failing to meet its objectives under current regulatory framework
The European Union regulatory framework for biofuels has the potential to address its climate, energy and environmental objectives, but only if carefully tailored and effectively implemented, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland. The current regulatory framework for biofuels is failing to meet these underlying objectives. (2015-05-26)

Biofuels beyond crops: The future of green energy
This UC-San Diego symposium brings together scientists and industry experts in the field of green energy. (2008-01-07)

New biofuel sustainability assessment tool and GHG calculator released
Various biofuels, first hailed as a way to a sustainable energy supply, have since fallen out of favor because of the overall negative impact they have on the environment. Now researchers at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have together with their colleagues at the Swiss Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels and the HTW Berlin, Germany, developed an online tool to assess the sustainability of biofuel production. (2011-06-16)

Study paves way for new biofuels models, technologies
Biofuels hold promise as environmentally friendly sources of renewable energy, but which ones should industry and policy leaders focus their efforts on developing? A new study involving researchers from North Carolina State University offers detailed insights into how biofuel chemicals react when burned. Their data and new computer models pave the way for development of new biofuels and technologies to maximize energy efficiency while minimizing environmental and human health risks. (2010-05-10)

Biofuels from algae: A budding technology yet to become viable
Despite high expectations and extensive research and investment in the last decade, technological options are still in developing stages and key resources for algal growth are still too onerous for economically viable production of algal biofuels, according to a JRC literature review. No large-scale, commercial algae-to-biofuels facilities have been implemented up until the end of 2015. (2016-02-29)

Biofuels ignite food crisis debate
Taking up valuable land and growing edible crops for biofuels poses a dilemma: Is it ethical to produce inefficient renewable energies at the expense of an already malnourished population? David Pimentel and his colleagues from Cornell University in New York highlight the problems linked to converting a variety of crops into biofuels. Their findings are published online this week in Springer's journal Human Ecology. (2009-01-28)

NC State wins ARPA-E grant to study extremophile production of biofuels
The US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a grant for more than $2.7 million to North Carolina State University to support research into the creation of biofuels using microbial organisms, called extremophiles, that live in high-temperature environments. (2010-04-30)

MIT professor to discuss future of biofuels
High oil prices, energy security considerations and fears about global warming have helped revive interest in renewable energy sources like biofuels. But there are a few catches. For example, the more corn is used in ethanol production, the less is available for food. MIT Professor Gregory Stephanopoulos will lead a discussion of how to overcome these limitations and make biofuels a significant part of the US energy supply. (2008-02-16)

WSU study finds people willing to pay more for new biofuels
When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. (2016-12-08)

BioMed Central announces new interdisciplinary Biofuels Journal
BioMed Central, the world's largest publisher of open access, peer-reviewed journals, is pleased to announce the impending launch of Biotechnology for Biofuels. The new journal is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on understanding and advancing the application of biotechnology to improve plant and biological conversion systems for production of fuels from biomass. A peer-reviewed, open access journal, Biotechnology for Biofuels will begin accepting article submissions this summer. (2007-05-21)

Microbes fuel energy debate
Microbes may well be the answer to our global energy crisis. By fermenting biomass to produce biofuels, they offer a possible climate-friendly solution to the anticipated shortfall in fossil fuel supply. A review by Professor Arnold Demain from Drew University in New Jersey on how microbes could be used to salvage the energy crisis has just been published online Springer's Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology. (2009-01-22)

Study: Biofuels increase, rather than decrease, heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions
A new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral. (2016-08-25)

Fuel or food? Study sees increasing competition for land, water resources
A new study in the Nature publication Scientific Reports shows that about one-third of the world's malnourished population could be fed by using resources now used for biofuel production. (2016-03-03)

Florida Tech explores microalgae for biofuel
Responding to the urgent need for alternative energy, Florida Tech Professor of Biological Science, Junda Lin, has received a $430,000 contract from Aurora Biofuels for large-scale production of microalgae. Successful microalgae production for fuel so far is in small-scale cultivation. (2007-04-26)

Better plants for biofuels
An article in F1000 Biology Reports published today argues that recent advances in knowledge mean that plant-derived biofuels could meet about 30 percent of the global demand for liquid transportation fuels, drastically reducing the amounts of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels, without having an impact on food production. (2012-05-02)

Biofuels not as 'green' as many think
Statements about biofuels being carbon neutral should be taken with a grain of salt. This is according to researchers at the University of Michigan Energy Institute after completing a retrospective, national-scale evaluation of the environmental effect of substituting petroleum fuels with biofuels in the US. America's biofuel use to date has in fact led to a net increase in carbon dioxide emissions, says lead author John DeCicco in Springer's journal Climatic Change. (2016-08-25)

Genomics of wood for biofuels production investigated
Virginia Tech has received funding to conduct research to accelerate bioenergy crop production. (2011-11-07)

Berkeley Lab to build DOE advanced biofuels user facility
Berkeley Lab has been awarded nearly $18 million by the US Department of Energy through its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to establish the Advanced Biofuels Process Development Unit, a facility aimed at expediting the commercialization of next generation biofuels by providing industry-scale test beds for innovative technologies. This will be the only facility of its kind available for public use. (2010-03-31)

Step change for screening could boost biofuels
Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The new technique could also be a boon in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals from plant-based wastes, reducing our reliance on petrochemicals. (2015-03-03)

DOE and USDA announce more than $10 million in bioenergy plant feedstock research
DOE and USDA today announced plans to award 10 grants totaling more than $10 million to accelerate fundamental research in the development of cellulosic biofuels. The grants will be awarded under a joint DOE-USDA program which aims to accelerate fundamental research in biomass genomics to further the use of cellulosic plant material for bioenergy and biofuels. (2008-07-31)

York scientists' significant step forward in biofuels quest
Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels. (2013-12-22)

Time to rethink misguided policies that promote biofuels to protect climate
Policymakers need to rethink the idea of promoting biofuels to protect the climate because the methods used to justify such policies are inherently flawed, according to a University of Michigan energy researcher. (2013-09-24)

OU-led research team receives $1.28 million grant from DOE
Improving energy output from switchgrass plants during conversion to biofuels is the focus of a study being conducted by a University of Oklahoma researcher and funded by a $1.28 million grant from the US Department of Energy. (2011-08-12)

Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
Could cellulosic biofuels -- or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood -- become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at the US Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center say yes, but with a few important caveats. (2017-06-29)

New technique improves efficiency of biofuel production
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a more efficient technique for producing biofuels from woody plants that significantly reduces the waste that results from conventional biofuel production techniques. The technique is a significant step toward creating a commercially viable new source of biofuels. (2010-06-30)

Biofuels from the sea
The use of kelp as a biofuel could provide an important alternative to terrestrial grown biofuels; however the suitability of its chemical composition varies on a seasonal basis. Harvesting the kelp in July when carbohydrate levels are at their highest would ensure optimal sugar release for biofuel production. This work will be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow on July 4, 2011. (2011-07-03)

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)

Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources. Firstly, lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories, and secondly, establishing more efficient methods for hydrolysis of biomass to sugars for fermentation. Their study was recently published in the journal Nature Energy. (2018-09-11)

Large differences in the climate impact of biofuels
When biomass is combusted the carbon that once was bound in the growing tree is released into the atmosphere. For this reason, bioenergy is often considered carbon dioxide neutral. Research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, however, shows that this is a simplification. The use of bioenergy may affect ecosystem carbon stocks, and it can take anything from two to 100 years for different biofuels to achieve carbon dioxide neutrality. (2011-11-15)

Global biofuel drive raises risk of eviction for African farmers
African farmers risk being forced from their lands by investors or government projects as global demand for biofuels encourages changes in crop cultivation. (2010-04-22)

Nature Conservancy study raises major questions on biofuels
A new Nature Conservancy study finds that converting land for biofuel crops results in major carbon emissions, actually worsening the problem of global warming instead of mitigating it. (2008-02-07)

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)

A closer look at the flawed studies behind policies used to promote 'low-carbon' biofuels
Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a University of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades. (2015-02-05)

JBEI wins Biofuels Digest Award for Institutional Excellence
The US Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute has been named the 2010 (2011-01-10)

Montana State University research on algal biofuels keys larger study
Montana State University research into the production of algae high in oil content is a cornerstone of a larger feasibility study of how the organisms first discovered in Yellowstone might anchor a sustainable biofuels industry. (2014-01-02)

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