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2010-09-14 01:12:24

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have discovered key plant enzymes that normally make the energy stored in wood, straw, and other non-edible parts of plants difficult to extract. The findings, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, can be used to improve the viability of sustainable biofuels that do not adversely affect the food chain. The team based at the University of Cambridge, and now part of the BBSRC...

2010-08-12 15:42:46

When it comes to selecting the right plant source for future cellulosic biofuel production, the solution won't be one-size-fits-all, and it certainly doesn't have to involve food and feed crops. In a "Perspective" article in the Aug. 13 edition of the Journal Science, researchers from the Energy Biosciences Institute suggest that a diversity of plant species, adaptable to the climate and soil conditions of specific regions of the world, can be used to develop agroecosystems for fuel...

2010-08-04 07:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SG Biofuels, Inc., a bioenergy crop company focused on the development and production of elite seeds of Jatropha, today announced plans to establish the world's most advanced Jatropha research and development center located in San Diego, Calif. The center will include a 42,000 square-foot greenhouse featuring the largest and most diverse collection of Jatropha genetic material, world class laboratory facilities and an expanded team of molecular biologists...

2010-06-22 06:00:00

SAN DIEGO, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- SG Biofuels, an agricultural biotechnology company specializing in the development of Jatropha as a low-cost, sustainable source of oil, today announced the appointments of 30-year industry veteran Eric Mathur as Vice President, Molecular Agronomics & Scientific Affairs and Jeff (J.D.) Davids as Chief Financial Officer. Mathur will direct a significant expansion of SG Biofuels' research operations and drive the company's continued commercialization of...

2010-06-14 07:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPC), a clean energy company growing Giant King(TM) Grass as a low-carbon, renewable energy crop, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with privately held RuBa Energie GmbH, an owner and operator of biogas electric-power plants and provider of bio-digestion and biogas energy solutions. As part of the agreement, a test plot of five acres of VIASPACE Giant King Grass was planted at...

2010-06-03 07:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPC), a clean energy company growing Giant King(TM) Grass as a low-carbon, renewable energy crop, announced today that Chief Executive Dr. Carl Kukkonen was interviewed by The Green Baron Report. The interview included Kukkonen's comments about VIASPACE's renewable energy business, recent developments including the launch of its first commercial product, and growth plans. Unrestricted access to the...

2010-05-10 07:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPC), a clean energy company growing Giant King(TM) Grass as a low-carbon, renewable energy crop, announced that Chief Executive Dr. Carl Kukkonen made an invited presentation at the International BIOMASS Conference and Expo held May 4-6 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More than 2000 attendees and 275 exhibitors participated in the Conference and Expo. Kukkonen's presentation at the conference was entitled...

2010-04-26 07:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPC) today provided an update on its business of growing Giant King Grass as a low-carbon, renewable energy crop. Giant King Grass is being cultivated on Company-leased land near Guangzhou in Guangdong province in southern China. Initial harvests have been used as nursery stock to provide seedlings, which have supported expansion of planted acreage to about 250 acres currently. This expanded nursery is...

2010-04-06 07:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPC), a clean energy company growing Giant King(TM) Grass as a low-carbon, renewable energy crop, sees a large market opportunity for its Giant King Grass in India, where increasing use of agricultural waste and rising prices are causing biomass electrical energy providers to seek other less costly and more reliable sources of fuel. Chief Executive Dr. Carl Kukkonen recently returned from business...

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2010-04-05 06:30:00

What happens to the soil when you remove the plants? Crop residues, perennial warm season grasses, and short-rotation woody crops are potential biomass sources for cellulosic ethanol production. While most research is focused on the conversion of cellulosic feedstocks into ethanol and increasing production of biomass, the impacts of growing energy crops and the removal of crop residue on soil and environmental quality have received less attention. Moreover, effects of crop residue removal on...


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