biofuel crop

Let's just harvest invasive species — problem solved?

According to a recent study at the University of Illinois, harvesting invasive plants for use as biofuels may sound like a great idea, but the reality poses…

Newly discovered plant structure may lead to improved biofuel processing

Tan was examining some of the sugars, proteins and polymers that make up plant cell walls, which provide the structural support and protection that allow…

Wind in the willows boosts biofuel production

This effect had been observed in the wild and in plantations around the UK, but scientists were previously unable to explain why some willows produced more…

Lower nitrogen losses with perennial biofuel crops

In a 4-year University of Illinois study that compared miscanthus, switchgrass, and mixed prairie species to typical corn-corn-soybean rotations, each of the…

Differences in the genomes of related plant pathogens

Many crop plants worldwide are attacked by a group of fungi that numbers more than 680 different species. After initial invasion, they first grow stealthily…

Meeting biofuel production targets could change agricultural landscape

An alternative, according to a study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, would be to convert 60 percent of existing rangeland to biofuels.W….

Mite-y genomic resources for bioenergy crop protection

These web-spinners extract the nutrients they need from leaves of more than a thousand different plant species, including bioenergy feedstocks and food…

Illinois–UC Berkeley discovery turns seaweed into biofuel in half the time

“The key is the strain's ability to ferment cellobiose and galactose simultaneously, which makes the process much more efficient,” Jin said. Red seaweed,…

Study Estimates Land Available for Biofuel Crops

Published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, the study led by civil and environmental engineering professor Ximing Cai identified land around…

Grasses Have Potential as Alternate Ethanol Crop

Demand for biofuels is increasing as Americans seek to expand renewable energy sources and mitigate the effects of fluctuating energy prices. Corn ethanol is…

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