Green Revolution: Biomass

submitted by: nsf

Explore how different types of biomass can be used to produce fuel. One researcher is building reactors to grow algae used to create biofuel. Another studies how leafcutter ant colonies break down biomass in order to solve a different biofuel problem: conversion of cellulose in plants to a fermentable sugar used to make ethanol. Finally, an engineer shows us how his lab uses chemistry and heat to turn sawmill waste into bio-oil and gasoline.

Tissue Culture of Jatropha curcas

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A report on the project done to develop tissue culture protocol for the mass propagation of high oil-yielding varieties of Jatropha adaptable to the Philippines. Specifically, the project determined the following: (1) sterilization scheme for tissues for culture, (2) best/most responsive tissue/explant for culture, (3) appropriate medium for callus formation, shoot induction and rooting, (4) incubation or culture conditions (light, temperature, photoperiod) for growth and development of...

Waste Management in the Emerging Philippine Biofuel Industry PART 2

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A SEARCA ( www.searca.org ) Professorial Lecture held on June 15, 2010 which discussed the following aspects: Philippine Biofuels Act of 2006, Projected demand of biofuels, Incentives and support to production of biofuels, Wastewater Generation Potential, Bioethanol wastewater management, Biodiesel wastewater management and Policy Recommendations. Dr. Rex B. Demafelis Department of Chemical Engineering College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology University of the Philippines...

Waste Management in the Emerging Philippine Biofuel Industry PART 1

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A SEARCA ( www.searca.org ) Professorial Lecture held on June 15, 2010 which discussed the following aspects: Philippine Biofuels Act of 2006, Projected demand of biofuels, Incentives and support to production of biofuels, Wastewater Generation Potential, Bioethanol wastewater management, Biodiesel wastewater management and Policy Recommendations. Dr. Rex B. Demafelis Department of Chemical Engineering College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology University of the Philippines...

Seed characteristrics, storage behavior and viability equation of Jatropha curcas (L.)

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A report presented during the SEARCA ( www.searca.org ) Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on the research project aimed to establish the seed technology of J. curcas and find out its viability constants. Specifically the projects aimed to 1) to characterize and evaluate the morphological and chemical properties of J. curcas seeds, 2) develop procedures for optimum seed drying, quality testing (viability and vigor tests and moisture content determination), and storage of J. curcas...

Green Fuel = Economic Development

submitted by: daochienergy
This video postulates that by creating "green fuel" cultivation and integrated processing facilities that take waste products from each other as feedstock (including algae & jatropha, anaerobic digesters, manure & wastewater processing, gasifiers, fish farms, dairy farms, and electric generating) that each becomes an independent, secure source of local energy (renewable gasoline, renewable diesel and renewable jet fuels) and expands the commercial reach for both products and raw...

Jeremy Schmutz on the soybean genome

submitted by: JGI

Jeremy Schmutz, a faculty investigator at the Alabama-based HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and first author of the paper on the soybean genome sequence published in the January 14, 2010 issue of the journal Nature, discusses the project in this complement to the DOE Joint Genome Institute's news release (http://tr.im/Kiik).

Combining Agriculture with Microbial Genomics To Make Fuels

submitted by: MicrobeWorld
Summary *Key challenges include dealing with diverse cellulosic sugars and finding ways to recycle carbon dioxide back into useful biomass. *Sugar cane and Hibiscus varieties from the Malvaceae plant family are sources of cellulosic biomass that do not require highly productive agricultural lands. *Microorganisms associated with termites and shipworms might harbor useful enzymes for processing biomass, while yeasts associated with Malvaceae plants are also worth investigating....
Authors: Nadathur Govind, Arup Sen

Fats to Fuel - Partners Video Magazine

submitted by: csrees

A Small Business Innovation Research grant results in technology that efficiently recycles industrial fats into useful biodiesel. Fats to Fuels is a segment from Partners Video Magazine's latest episode, Fueling America. To view the entire episode visit: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/newsroom/partners/partners.html