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High carbon dioxide can create ‘shrinking stems’ in marshes

September 30, 2019

For most plants, carbon dioxide acts like a steroid: the more they take in, the bigger they get.…
Building a CO2-concentrating mechanism

September 10, 2019

Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, York, Cambridge and Princeton have demonstrated a key step towards reconstructing a…
Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

August 14, 2019

Like the eponymous character in Shel Silverstein’s classic children’s tale, trees are generous with their gifts, cleaning the…
Large summer harmful algal bloom predicted for western Lake Erie

July 12, 2019

University of Michigan researchers and their partners are forecasting that western Lake Erie will experience a significant harmful…
Underwater robot can count starfish and measure biomass

June 20, 2019

Specially developed smart sensors and underwater cameras can enable robots to handle monitoring tasks in the sea. Starfish…
Scientists transform farming with biomass buffers

June 18, 2019

New methods can increase crop sustainability and reduce water pollution as world-wide demand for food grows. Nearly 40…
Denmark should focus on converting straw to biofuel

June 17, 2019

New calculations from DTU indicate that there are both economic and environmental benefits from exploiting straw for biofuel…
Larger molecules, fewer traffic jams, faster biomass degradation

March 22, 2019

Biofuel and biochemical production may soon become ten times faster thanks to research on the breakdown of biomass.…
Measuring the world’s forests from space

December 17, 2018

NASA has now initiated a new space mission to measure Earth’s forests and other biomass with razor-sharp precision…
Increase in large-bodied fish stocks in the North Sea

August 21, 2018

We are seeing an increase in stocks of large-bodied fish species in the Northeast Atlantic, including the North…
Weighing the Planet’s Biological Matter

June 20, 2018

A paper describing the research appears in the issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.…
Solar surpasses biomass to become third-most prevalent renewable electricity source

May 11, 2018

Electricity generation from solar resources in the United States reached 77 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2017, surpassing for…
Elephant and cow manure for making paper sustainably

April 10, 2018

It’s likely not the first thing you think of when you see elephant dung, but this material turns…
Better solvents = better biomass conversion for biofuels and bioproducts

March 13, 2018

Behind a successful conversion of biomass to a better biofuel or a new green chemical, there is a…
The Big Burn

February 15, 2018

Some 13,000 years ago, a cataclysmic event occurred on Earth that was likely responsible for the collapse of…
A fossil fuel technology that doesn’t pollute

January 3, 2018

Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels…
Biomass and waste fuels made up 2% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2016

November 28, 2017

Biomass and waste fuels generated 71.4 billion kilowatthours of electricity in 2016, or 2% of total generation in…
Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, Other Biofuels and Gasoline

July 14, 2017

Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and…
Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy

January 14, 2017

Streamlined process speeds up algae strain selection, could lower biofuel production costs A dozen glass cylinders containing a…
Team to develop pilot plant, advance biofuel technology

September 27, 2016

Iowa State University’s Lysle Whitmer walked the length of the bio-oil production line – from the 55-gallon solvent…
Decoding clover DNA leads to better livestock productivity

September 3, 2016

Western Australian and Japanese scientists have together cracked the genome sequence of the subterranean (sub) clover. The project…
U.S. Southern states lead growth in biomass electricity generation

May 26, 2016

Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 gigawatthours (GWh)…
Biomass blues: Breaking up not so hard to do

May 4, 2016

Using a chemical crowbar – actually, a solvent – made from the very organic matter it deconstructs, a…
Researchers invent tougher plastic with 50 percent renewable content

March 24, 2016

Your car’s bumper is probably made of a moldable thermoplastic polymer called ABS, shorthand for its acrylonitrile, butadiene…
New Way to Reduce Plant Lignin Could Lead to Cheaper Biofuels

February 25, 2016

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown for the first…
Engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon

February 11, 2016

Engineers at Iowa State University have found a way to combine a genetically engineered strain of yeast and…
New Satellite-Based Maps to Aid in Climate Forecasts

February 9, 2016

New, detailed maps of the world’s natural landscapes created using NASA satellite data could help scientists better predict…
One-Stop Shop for Biofuels

January 16, 2016

The falling price of gasoline at the pumps may warm the hearts of consumers but it chills the…
Social yeast cells prefer to work with close relatives to make our beer, bread & wine

October 26, 2015

Baker’s yeast cells living together in communities help feed each other, but leave incomers from the same species…
Making Batteries with Portabella Mushrooms

September 30, 2015

Can portabella mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time? Researchers at the University of California, Riverside…
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