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October 28, 2016
Biomass heating could get a 'green' boost with the help of fungi
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
In colder weather, people have long been warming up around campfires and woodstoves. Lately, this idea of burning wood or other biomass for heat has surged in popularity as an alternative to using fossil fuels. Now, in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, scientists report a step toward a "greener" way to generate heat with biomass. Rather than burning it, which releases pollutants, they let fungi break it down to release heat. The benefit of biomass, which consists of plan ... read more

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Unraveling the science behind biomass breakdown
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With designer lignin, biofuels researchers reproduced evolutionary path
When scientists reported in 2014 that they had successfully engineered a poplar plant "designed for deconstruction," the finding made international news. The highly degradable poplar, the first of i ... more

Engineers transform brewery wastewater into energy storage
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