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2011-08-16 14:45:22

A team of researchers at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) have pinpointed the exact, single gene that controls ethanol production capacity in a microorganism. This discovery could be the missing link in developing biomass crops that produce higher concentrations of ethanol at lower costs. "The Department of Energy relies on the scientific discoveries of its labs and research centers to improve the production of clean energy sources," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu....

2011-02-03 19:01:14

From cellulose to sugar Food versus fuel -- this rivalry is gaining significance against a backdrop of increasingly scarce farmland and a concurrent trend towards the use of bio-fuels. Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are helping to resolve this rivalry: They are working to effectively utilize residual field crop material "“ which has been difficult to use thus far "“ for the industrial production of bio-ethanol. They took a closer look at bacteria that...

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2008-09-09 13:55:00

Researchers reported on Monday that genetically engineered bacteria could make cellulosic ethanol cheaper to manufacture, a finding that may unlock more energy from the waste products of farming and forestry. Ethanol from cellulose is being promoted as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels, with the advantage that it does not use food crops such as corn as raw materials. The scientists wrote that the genetically engineered bacteria ferment cellulose to produce ethanol more...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
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