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2008-07-24 03:00:37

By Comis, Don Glomalin is a glycoprotein, a sugar-protein compound that might trigger the formation of soil. In a study at two Mandan, North Dakota, locations, Kristine Nichols, a microbiologist with the ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, found that soils under native grasses- switchgrass, blue grama, big bluestem, and indiangrass-have higher levels of glomalin than soils planted to nonnative grasses, such as Russian wildrye, intermediate wheatgrass, crested wheatgrass, and...

2008-07-23 15:01:13

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC (DDCE) and the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Foundation, through its Genera Energy LLC, today announced a partnership to construct an innovative pilot-scale biorefinery and state-of-the-art research and development facility for cellulosic ethanol in Vonore, Tenn. The pilot-scale biorefinery will develop the commercial package for DDCE's leading cellulosic ethanol technology. The project will...

2008-07-23 06:00:00

By Ad Crable Suddenly, corn ethanol is no longer the darling in the nation's desperate search for an energy alternative to oil. In recent weeks, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gov. Ed Rendell and U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts have taken actions to slow what had been a corn ethanol bandwagon. Locking up corn for ethanol production has driven up food prices for the poor around the world and hurt many farmers who can't afford the higher feed prices, they say. But a $120 million ethanol...

2008-07-12 15:00:22

By Justin Cripe, Goshen News, Ind. Jul. 12--The demand for corn for fuel at the expense of our food supply has one ag expert pondering if that is a good situation. Andrew Westfall, Elkhart County Extension educator, gave a presentation during a recent St. Joseph River Basin Commission meeting regarding the demand for biofuels. Biofuels are any fuel sources that are made from biological material, most commonly plants. "There isn't a whole lot of research yet on the subject..."...

2008-07-12 09:00:48

By Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. Jul. 12--Could mowing your lawn one day help fill your gas tank? Well, not exactly and certainly not anytime soon. But researchers at the University of Tennessee are hoping to use marginal farmland, forests and fields to grow enough switchgrass and make enough ethanol in 20 years to displace one-third of the state's current gasoline consumption. "The Southeast has a tremendous opportunity," University of Tennessee agricultural...

2008-07-08 09:01:01

By Mike Gellatly, Aiken Standard, S.C. Jul. 8--As fossil fuels come closer to exhaustion, reducing the world's dependence on them requires the development of new energy sources. With recent demands on corn crops causing food shortages, the greatest interests are clean, domestically produced and economically advantageous sources not made from food crops. A collaborative group of South Carolina research institutions and industries is paving the way to meet those requirements by...

2008-07-07 12:00:43

Gulf Ethanol Corporation (PINKSHEETS: GFET) is working to provide an alternative to corn-based ethanol and address the high cost of biofuel production. Plants contain the cellulosic materials cellulose and hemicellulose. These complex polymers form the structure of plant stalks, leaves, trunks, branches, and husks. They are also in products made from plants, such as paper. Cellulosic feedstocks contain sugars within their cellulose and hemicellulose, but they are more difficult to...

2008-06-23 03:00:26

By Stall, Sam Not long ago, the innocuous prairie grass known to scientists as Panicum gatum was of interest only to a handful of researchers. But, in 2006, the woody perennial catapulted from eyesore to national savior. During his 2006 State of the Union Address, President Bush called the plant - better known as switchgrass - a potential biofuel powerhouse that could help end the country's dependence on foreign oil. As quickly as you can say "hype," it became the poster plant for the...

2008-06-19 09:01:00

By Jim Stafford, The Oklahoman Jun. 19--SAN DIEGO -- When Steve Rhines of the Noble Foundation searched for biofuel displays among the maze of exhibition booths at the BIO 2008 convention here Wednesday, he didn't find corn. He found switchgrass, instead. The find seemed to confirm the words of the San Diego Union-Tribune, which declared in a Page 1 story earlier this week that ethanol from corn was "yesterday's news." A second generation of biofuels created from the likes of...

2008-06-18 12:00:51

KINGSTON, ON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Performance Plants Inc. (PPI) has announced today that it has established an American Research Center to develop specialized non-food crops for industries seeking renewable feedstocks for liquid transportation fuels, biochemicals and coal replacement. The facility, located in Waterloo, New York, will develop biomass feedstocks adapted to maximize cellulose energy productivity per acre on land less suitable for food or feed production. These crops will...