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Video highlights research to improve crop residues for bioenergy

We’ve been a bit quiet on here lately, but some other projects have taken some of our time – in my case, helping to produce a video of some of my Ph.D. research.  In it, we discuss our project with … Continue reading

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How to create the perfect bioenergy plant

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately, and maybe one of the reasons was a manuscript that I’ve been working on and would like to highlight here.  Since one of my co-authors on the paper is fellow blogger John … Continue reading

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next gen biofuel feedstock also a noxious weed?

Sometimes we don’t always think about the weed potential when we are studying potential bioenergy feedstocks and “energy crops”.. Other things that are not mentioned alot are how susceptible to disease and pests these bioenergy crops may be when grown in monocultures.. … Continue reading

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Agrivida publishes details of engineered maize for biofuel

For biofuels to be economical, we will need some technology breakthroughs.  In the US, the RFS is driving us to produce liquid fuel, usually with enzymes that convert sugars and starches in the biomass to ethanol or other liquid molecules … Continue reading

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Agrivida and corn that grows its own enzymes to preprocess cellulosic materials

A company is starting field trials of some corn they engineered with enzymes that degrade the corn stover for cellulosic bioenergy: http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/8877/agrivida-launches-field-trials-to-test-modified-corn-stover What is so cool about this approach is the enzymes are not activated until the corn stover is … Continue reading

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For biofuel crops, like any other crop, genetics matter!

Today I want to mention a couple recent developments on the bioenergy feedstock front.  Specifically, these deal with engineering the genetics of a bioenergy crop with enhanced characteristics for bioenergy. First up, is switchgrass with a gene that prevents flowering … Continue reading

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