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How biofuels from plant fibers could combat global warming

But corn is problematic as a biofuel source material. It's resource-intensive to grow, creates many environmental impacts, and is more useful as food.

Nature communications: From the plant to the microreactor

Carnosic acid is a natural antioxidant that is found in the leaves of rosemary and sage. It is used worldwide as a preservative and flavor in meat products,…

Lazy microbes are key for soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration

The world's soils store on the order of 2500 gigatons of carbon, which is three times the amount in the atmosphere (or equivalent to 9170 gigatons of CO2). Yet…

Worms hitch rides on slugs when traveling to far flung places

Slugs and other invertebrates provide essential public transport for small worms in the search for food, according to research published in the open access…

Industrial Age Helps Some Coastal Regions Capture Carbon Dioxide

Coastal portions of the world’s oceans, once believed to be a source of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere, are now thought to absorb as much as two-thirds…

Bacteria like the taste of syngas

For the first time, Evonik Industries has managed to use biotech methods to convert syngas to pure 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA) under industrial…

New technique yields never-before-seen information critical to biofuels research

The new method opens up new realms of study, ones that might have long-ranging implications for biofuels research and crop genetics.“The data we’re seeing are…

BESC researchers tap into genetic reservoir of heat-loving bacteria

Scientists have long been on the hunt for cost-effective ways to break down complex plant material such as switchgrass in order to access sugars that are…

Scientists discover new method of proton transfer

Scientists at USC and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have discovered a new route by which a proton (a hydrogen atom that lost its electron) can move from one…

Land-ocean connections

Scientists from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM) and colleagues recently discovered that…

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