Scientists have engineered a new strain of yeast designed to create biofuel from switchgrass, turning the collected cellulosic biomass into an energy alternative. The process is described together with a review of biofuel progress.
One subject sure to divide opinion is biofuel. Are they a a sustainable energy supply or a product harmful to the environment? Swiss Federal Laboratories have developed a new way to answer this question.
Scientists have successfully engineered two strains of blue-green algae like bacteria (cyanobacteria) to produce a liquid fuel. The fuel is being declared as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.
Beekeepers in Alsace in eastern France had a nasty surprise recently after discovering their bees were producing honey in shades of blue, green and chocolate brown. The source of the problem was traced to a nearby Mars factory producing M&M's sweets.
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced Wednesday the first successful transport of biodiesel for commercial purposes. The pipeline is located in the southeastern United states and is owned by Plantation Pipeline Company.
Developing countries must not be given a free ride as far as funds for reforestation are concerned. Before demanding or expecting funds from the developed nations, these countries must first assure the world that these funds would not be misused.
Say the word “biofuels” and most people think of grain ethanol and biodiesel. But an older technology called gasification is getting a new look from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University.
Converting crop residues into ethanol may seem like a great idea; however, that might not be advisable for farmers growing crops without irrigation in regions receiving less than 25 inches of precipitation annually
According to a report issued by aid agency Oxfam today, biofuels are to blame for a 30 per cent increase in global food prices. In the search for alternative fuel sources, Oxfam says biofuels have also pushed 30 million people into poverty globally.
Plants gained their ancestral toehold on dry land with considerable help from their fungal friends. Now, millennia later, that partnership is being exploited as a strategy to bolster biomass production for next-generation biofuels.