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2010-03-31 13:05:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University scientists have defined a hidden second option plants have for making an essential amino acid that could be the first step in boosting plants' nutritional value and improving biofuel production potential. The amino acid phenylalanine is required to build proteins and is a precursor for more than 8,000 other compounds essential to plants, including lignin, which allows plants to stand upright but acts as a barrier in the production of cellulosic...

2009-12-18 13:13:00

KNOXVILLE and OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers and entrepreneurs in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley (www.knoxvilleoakridge.com) see the successful test of Boeing's 787 as the day the carbon fiber era took flight. The Innovation Valley is home to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Department of Energy's largest research center, which finds itself at the forefront of applied carbon fiber research. The potential payoff from wider use of...

2009-11-30 05:00:00

FREDERICIA, Denmark, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Inbicon A/S today announced the signing of a multi-party Memo of Understanding to pursue the licensing, development, and construction of a biomass refinery in North Dakota. Inbicon's new collaborators are Otoka Energy, a U.S. developer of renewable energy projects, and Great River Energy, a Minnesota electric generation and transmission cooperative. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091130/PH17698) As now envisioned, says Inbicon...

2009-10-19 16:55:29

Scientists identify enzyme that could help grow biofuel crops in harsh environments Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified a novel enzyme responsible for the formation of suberin "” the woody, waxy, cell-wall substance found in cork. While effective at keeping wine inside a bottle, suberin's most important function in plants is to control water and nutrient transportation and keep pathogens out. Adjusting the permeability of...

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2009-07-11 07:19:18

They've been dubbed "grassoline" - second generation biofuels made from inedible plant material, including fast-growing weeds, agricultural waste, sawdust, etc. - and numerous scientific studies have shown them to be prime candidates for replacing gasoline to meet our transportation needs. However, before we can begin to roll down the highways on sustainable, carbon-neutral grassoline, numerous barriers must be overcome, starting with finding ways to break lignocellulosic biomass down into...

2009-05-20 10:49:10

Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have discovered a new eco-friendly way of dissolving wood using ionic liquids that may help its transformation into popular products such as bio fuels, textiles, clothes and paper. Dr H©ctor Rodríguez and Professor Robin Rogers from the University's School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering worked along with The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, to come up with a more cost and energy efficient way of processing wood....

2009-04-01 06:30:00

New Technology Provides the 'First Line of Defense' in Protecting Wood from UV Radiation and More NURNBERG, Germany, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- At this year's European Coatings Show (ECS), ISP introduced a new line of coatings ingredients designed to protect wood from degradation and yellowing caused by UV radiation. Called SunCare(R) Lignin Protection, the new line functions by stabilizing the primary lignin in the wood itself, representing a "first line of defense" against a range of factors...

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2009-02-28 09:45:00

Researchers Antonio G. Pisabarro (Professor of Microbiology) as well as Jos© Luis Lavín and Jos© Antonio Oguiza, from the Genetic and Microbiology Group at the Public University of Navarre, have taken part in the international project for the sequencing of the genome of the Postia placenta fungus. The results, published recently in the American National Academy of Sciences' scientific journal (PNAS), has enabled the determination of the mechanisms with which this...

2009-02-06 09:06:59

An international team led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have translated the genetic code that explains the complex biochemical machinery making brown-rot fungi uniquely destructive to wood. The same processes that provide easier access to the energy-rich sugar molecules bound up in the plant's tenacious architecture are leading to innovations for the...

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2009-01-27 11:57:05

Land plants' ability to sprout upward through the air, unsupported except by their own woody tissues, has long been considered one of the characteristics separating them from aquatic plants, which rely on water to support them. Now lignin, one of the chemical underpinnings vital to the self-supporting nature of land plants "“ and thought unique to them "“ has been found in marine algae by a team of researchers including scientists at UBC and Stanford University. Lignin, a...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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