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Testing The Water For Bioenergy Crops
2011-08-30 06:53:15

  Water significant limiting factor in growing crops like switchgrass Energy researchers and environmental advocates are excited about the prospect of gaining more efficient large-scale biofuel production by using large grasses like miscanthus or switchgrass rather than corn. They have investigated yields, land use, economics and more, but one key factor of agriculture has been overlooked: water. "While we are looking for solutions for energy through bioenergy crops,...

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....

2011-08-03 13:05:01

grassy tillers1 suppresses branching, enabling maize to grow taller when shade encroaches -- a key to teosinte's ancient domestication When an animal gets too hot or too cold, or feels pangs of hunger or thirst, it tends to relocate "“ to where it's cooler or hotter, or to the nearest place where food or water can be found.  But what about vegetative life?  What can a plant do under similar circumstances? Plants can't change the climate and they can't uproot themselves to move...

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2011-07-13 11:58:25

Growing perennial grasses on the least productive farmland now used for corn ethanol production in the U.S. would result in higher overall corn yields, more ethanol output per acre and better groundwater quality, researchers report in a new study. The switch would also slash emissions of two potent greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. The study used a computer model of plant growth and soil chemistry to compare the ecological effects of growing corn (Zea mays L.); miscanthus...

2011-05-09 07:00:00

G2 BioChem is unlocking the future - making next generation ethanol a commercial reality TORONTO, May 9 /PRNewswire/ - GreenField Ethanol announced the launch of G2Biochem, a collaborative partnership that will acquire, validate and commercialize GreenField's innovative patented process technology. This technology will make next generation ethanol a commercial reality. G2Biochem is backed by major international partners and collaborators including Andritz and Novozymes. This...

2011-05-07 00:00:28

DuPont to also Premiere Stories of Inclusive Innovation Featuring Partnerships from Around the World Wilmington, Del. (PRWEB) May 06, 2011 DuPont today announced its sponsorship of a new BBC series Horizons. The television program will examine the future of business by looking at companies around the world that are making the greatest progress in their sectors and influencing the way people will live in the future. Horizons begins airing today around the globe on the BBC World News...

2011-03-23 07:06:00

VISALIA, Calif., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Logos Technologies®, Inc. and EdeniQ, Inc., announced U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approval to fully fund $20.5 million in federal cost share under DOE's Integrated Biorefinery Program to construct a Corn-to-Cellulosic Migration (CCM)((TM)) pilot plant at EdeniQ's headquarters in Visalia, California. In December 2009, DOE selected Logos and EdeniQ to receive, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a $20.5...

2011-02-25 23:01:35

Rice University researchers find feeding crops too heavily bad for biofuel, environment Rice University scientists and their colleagues have found that when growing corn crops for ethanol, more means less. A new paper in today's online edition of the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science and Technology shows how farmers can save money on fertilizer while they improve their production of feedstock for ethanol and alleviate damage to the environment. The research has...

2011-02-16 16:54:14

A new study from the University of Illinois concludes that very high biomass prices would be needed in order to meet the ambitious goal of replacing 30 percent of petroleum consumption in the U.S. with biofuels by 2030. A team of researchers led by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, shows that between 600 and 900 million metric tons of biomass could be produced in 2030 at a price of $140 per metric ton (in 2007 dollars) while still meeting demand for...

2011-02-03 18:23:42

Pacific Northwest farmers could someday be filling up their machinery's tanks with fuels produced from their own fields, according to ongoing research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Since 2003, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) microbiologist Hal Collins and agronomist Rick Boydston have been studying safflower, camelina, soybeans, mustard, canola, wheat, corn and switchgrass to assess their potential for bioenergy production. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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