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March 31, 2015
Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food
Princeton NJ (SPX) Mar 31, 2015
A study published in the journal Science found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings. Shrinking the amount of food that people and livestock eat decreases the amount of carbon dioxide that they breathe out or excrete as waste. The reduction in food available for consumption, rather than any inherent fuel efficiency, drives the decline in carbon dioxide emissions in government models, the researchers found. "Without reduced ... read more
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New yeast strain to enhance biofuel and biochemical production
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain t ... more

Algae from clogged waterways could serve as biofuels and fertilizer
Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists will report today that they are working on a way to clean up these environment ... more

Weltec Biopower Builds 500-kW Biogas Plant for Vegetable Producer
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Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels
One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers. Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production f ... more
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Scientists engineer faster-growing trees ideal for biofuel
Most genetic manipulation efforts have been trained on cash crops and flowers, but trees are big business too, and designing them to work better for what the market demands is important work. ... more

CT scanning shows why tilting trees produce better biofuel
Imperial researchers have used medical imaging techniques to explore why making willow trees grow at an angle can vastly improve their biofuel yields. Using micro-CT scans, the team showed that the ... more
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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reduci ... more

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