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Op-Ed: Vegetable oil: a DiY solution to fossil fuel pollution Special

The fossil fuel industry has an enormous impact on politics, the economy, and our health. This pollution Goliath is just too powerful to fight with government regulations. Take matters into your own hands and put vegetable oil in your fuel tank.

Militarization and alternative biofuel drives Ethiopian land-grab

Ethiopia buys military weapons and claims advance on Millennium Goal objectives while India and others gain large scale alternative biofuel crops and claim advance on reduction of fossil fuel dependency.

Generating bioethanol with starch and yeast

A new class of enzymes can degrade previously resistant forms of starch, according to a new study. The resultant product is a source of material for making biofuels.

Turning whisky waste into fuel

A small independent company in Scotland is turning the waste products from the whisky industry into alcohol for use as a biofuel.

Search for biofuels leads to the human gut

The search for microorganisms to use in biofuel generation has led to the human lower intestine. A new study demonstrates how such microorganisms could be effective candidates for organic fuel production.

New renewable fuel alternative using bacteria

London - Scientists have genetically altered a strain of the common the gut bacteria E.coli in a way so that the bacterium can generate renewable propane.

'Whisky powered' cars being considered

Glasgow - The company Celtic Renewables has partnered with a Belgian pilot plant to bring its bio-fuel made from whisky production residue to an industrial scale.

Efficient way of making raw ingredient for biofuel Special

Biochemists have begun building a one-hectare pilot unit for the production of microalgae in Portugal. The aim is to produce microalgae biomass for biodiesel production in a sustainable manner.

Duckweed makes for a good biofuel source

Duckweed is a tiny floating plant and often seen as an unwanted weed. Now it seems as if the plant could have an economic value: as a source for biofuels.

Table sugar used to make a ‘sweet biofuel’

A research team has developed a new source of renewable energy: a biofuel made from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast produces oils and fats, known as lipids, that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products.

Algae converted to crude oil in less than one hour

Scientists have replicated the process whereby fossil fuels were created. Instead of this taking several millennia the process has been completed in under sixty minutes.

Making low-cost hydrogen from bacteria

The goal of making cheap hydrogen fuel has been often discussed. Given that some bacteria make hydrogen as a by-product, scientists have looked towards microbes for some answers.

Biofuel production becomes more complicated

Scientists trying to understand how the castor oil plant produces some very fatty beans from which oil is refined into biodiesel have found the plan to be more complex than previously realized.

Super yeast increases ethanol yield

A research team have engineered a yeast to consume acetic acid, a previously unwanted by-product of the process of converting plant leaves, stems and other tissues into biofuels.

Scientists produce gasoline by fat conversion

Scientists have managed to create 580 mg of gasoline per liter of cultured broth by converting in fatty acid. The process uses microorganisms.

Panda poop may provide basis of new biofuels

Giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le, located at the Memphis Zoo, could provide a solution for biofuel production. Scientists are searching the feces from the pandas for useful microbes.

Tree fungus offers biofuel potential

The hunt for the most efficient and, ideally, most environmentally friendly biofuels continues. One possible source for triggering 'power cells' is a common tree fungus.

Tunicates, a new biofuel source

Tiny marine creatures called tunicates are being studied in relation to biofuels. Tunicates are seen as a potential source of cellulose, which can be used to produce ethanol.

Enzymes from horse feces may help with biofuel production

Finding the magic catalyst for biofuel production is a major industrial aim. Scientists have outlined the discovery of a potential range of suitable enzymes in fungi thriving in the feces and intestinal tracts of horses.

Peaches can help with biofuel production

Scientists have managed to use a study of the peach genome to identify genetic aspects of other trees used for biofuels. This is to look for ways to make source materials more efficient for biofuel production.

Scientists produce rainbow colored algae

Scientists based at UC San Diego have engineered a green alga into a rainbow of different colors. The object is to allow different algae to be differentiated as part of biofuel research and drug development.

Garbage bacteria improves biofuel development

The research into biofuels has been limited due to the bacteria normally used only being able to convert part of the cell wall of plant material. An improvement might be in reach due to a bacterium found in the garbage.

Drought in Midwest drives corn production down and food prices up

The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought since 1988 , and corn crops are suffering as a result. Shortages are predicted due to the damage already done by the drought. But if drought conditions continue, the damage will be felt deeply by consumers.

A new source of biofuel?

Berkley - The search for an effective biofuel represents a major area of scientific research and energy company funding. In a new study, a simple microbe isolated from a forest may hold the golden key for a new generation of biofuels.

A fragrant new bio-fuel?

The search for new bio-fuels represents potential big business with the decline in available fossil fuels. A team of scientists, backed by the US government, have made significant progress in using bacteria to create a bio-diesel from glucose.

Op-Ed: Navy biofuel purchase bypasses Congress to an executive order

A significant step for the U.S. Navy has been the recent purchase of 450,000 gallons of biofuels at $15 per gallon---four times the normal price. The goal is to eventually transform the "Great Green Fleet" into one that relies on alternative energy.

Is alligator fat the next biofuel?

Lafayette - In an effort to find alternative non-food sources of biodiesel, researchers at the Lafayette campus of the University of Louisiana have turned to the fat of the American alligator as a viable substitute for soybeans and food crops to produce biofuel.

Algae biodiesel, fuel of the future, a no go says USDA chemist

A chemist based with the United States Department of Agriculture gave algae-based biofuels a failing grade recently when he reviewed the oil as an energy source, reported SciDevnet.

US military jets to test biofuels on Earth Day

Patuxent River - A US Navy fighter plane, the Green Hornet, using a mixture of regular aviation fuel and biofuel will fly on Earth Day, Apr.22, at the US Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, Maryland.

Biofuel production may harm attempts to reduce Gulf 'Dead Zone'

Researchers report that boosting production of biofuel crops could make it harder to shrink a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Chlamydomonas reinhardtii  genetically modified to show different colors.
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, genetically modified to show different colors.
Beth Rasala
This US Navy F-18 fighter will form part of a biofuel test for Earth Day.
This US Navy F-18 fighter will form part of a biofuel test for Earth Day.
US Navy
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (green algae)
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (green algae)
University of Cambridge
Two species of colonial tunicates. Clavelina robusta black and white. Pycnoclavella flava orange.
Two species of colonial tunicates. Clavelina robusta black and white. Pycnoclavella flava orange.
Cyanobacteria  source of biodiesel
Cyanobacteria, source of biodiesel
James Golden/University of California, San Diego
Photograph of two species of duckweeds (  Wolffia globosa   and   Sprodella polyrrhiza  ) taken in W...
Photograph of two species of duckweeds (''Wolffia globosa'' and ''Sprodella polyrrhiza'') taken in Waimanalo, Hawai‘i