Microbe produces ethanol from switchgrass without pretreatment
The conventional strategy for producing ethanol from plant biomass requires costly pretreatment and enzyme-driven reactions. Refining another strategy known as consolidated bioprocessing (CPB) could reduce costs. In second-generation ...
Agronomist weighs environmental impacts of corn residue removal
Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from an Iowa State University ...
Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?
A study published today in the journal Science found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings.
Agricultural waste could be used as biofuel
Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Pigs gain the same with corn-ethanol co-product as with corn-soybean meal diet, says study
Distillers dried grains with solubles, or DDGS, are increasingly common in swine diets in the United States. In recent years, different types of DDGS have come on the market.
Study could lead to improved catalysts for producing hydrogen fuel from waste biomass
Experimental analysis and computer simulations reveal new insights into the process by which ethanol produced from waste biomass can be converted into hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst. These insights ...
Scientists develop higher yielding sorghum plants
When it comes to versatile crop plants, sorghum might be considered "the little engine that could."
Biologists partner bacterium with nitrogen gas to produce more, cleaner bioethanol
Indiana University biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, in place of more ...
Renewable biofuel production avoids competition with food resources
The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from one crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes. The research, published in the open access journal Biotechnology fo ...
Production of 500 daily litres of bioethanol from food waste
From waste generated in the processing of cereals, scientists from the Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco (CIATEJ) have produced bioenergy in the form of ethanol, ...
Study shows pre-human ancestors adapted to metabolize ethanol long before humans learned about fermentation
Model evaluates where bioenergy crops grow best
Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect.
Distillers grains with calcium oxide improve cattle diets
Research by Purdue University scientist Jon Schoonmaker and his colleagues has shown that small amounts of calcium oxide can neutralize the acid in distillers grains, a commonly used alternative to corn in ...
Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects
At the Agricultural Research Service's Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, field work and bench investigations keep ARS scientists on the scientific front lines of converting biomass into cellulosic ...