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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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 12 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments
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Photograph of two species of duckweeds (  Wolffia globosa   and   Sprodella polyrrhiza  ) taken in W...
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Microbial fuel cells produce electricity directly from wastewater

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can...
Oct 4, 2012 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New Biofuel Process Using Agricultural Waste

A new biofuel production process created by Michigan State University researchers produces energy more than 20 times...
Sep 15, 2012 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

A new microbial source of biofuel?

The search for an effective biofuel represents a major area of scientific research and energy company funding. In a new...
Jul 21, 2012 in  New Science by Tim Sandle - 1 comment


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