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Researchers Develop High-Tech Wood Characterised by Durability Comparable to that of Steel

May 27, 2019

A group of researchers from the U.S. and China have developed a new material they refer to as…
‘Electron Shuttle’ Protein Plays Key Role in Plant Cell-Wall Construction

April 9, 2019

Controlling the flow of electrons by targeting shuttle proteins could be a new strategy for guiding plants to…
Cricket Bacteria Break Down Lignin, Highlighting Ecology’s Utility in Applied R&D

March 27, 2019

Researchers have discovered that a bacterium found in camel crickets is capable of breaking down lignin – the…
New composite advances lignin as a renewable 3D printing material

December 21, 2018

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a recipe for a renewable 3D…
Researchers find value in unusual type of plant material

October 4, 2018

An ideal biorefinery would turn renewable crops into a variety of fuels and products with little waste. A…
Critical plant gene takes unexpected detour that could boost biofuel yields

June 17, 2018

For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital…
New routes to renewables: Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth

November 10, 2017

A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals…
Trash into treasure: Sandia could help biofuel pay for itself with goods made from waste

May 11, 2017

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste…
Finding Diamonds in the Rough

December 13, 2016

During the kraft process used to convert wood into wood pulp, the structural material lignin is partially converted…
Turning ubiquitous lignin into high-value chemicals

September 19, 2016

Sandia researchers decode metabolic pathway of soil bacterium that thrives on lignin Abundant, chock full of energy and…
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…
Study: Bacteria attack lignin with enzymatic tag team

January 7, 2016

The molecules that impart strength to paper, bamboo and wood-frame buildings — lignin and cellulose — have long…
Bionic Liquids from Lignin

August 19, 2014

While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and…
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