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This Week in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology

Can you make fuel out of tobacco? Apparently you can if they’re genetically engineered tobacco plants. According to Alternative Energy, “Researchers from the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University have developed a new method to increase the quantity of oil in tobacco leaves. So that oil in tobacco leaves can be utilized as biofuels in future. Their paper was published in Plant Biotechnology Journal which is an online journal.” Alternative Energy goes on to Read More >

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Industrial and Environmental Biotech Weekly Blog Roundup

In industrial biotechnology this week the Wall Street Cheat Sheet says algae is the next great thing. “Algae could be the most promising candidate yet for the future of the biofuels industry. Although algae-based fuels won’t be commercially available for several years, algae offers several advantages over other first-generation renewable fuels, such as corn and soybeans. For example, algae grows faster, requires less resources, can be used as jet fuel, can use existing distribution systems, Read More >

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Nominate a Fellow Bio-Techie for Biotech Humanitarian Award

Know anyone who is this close to the next big breakthrough in biofuels? Ending dependence on oil is one of the great challenges of 21st century, and there are heroes in our midst working towards alternative fuels. If you know someone who has contributed significantly to this goal, nominate them for the Biotech Humanitarian Award! The award will recognize an innovator who has improved the lives of others by harnessing the power of biotechnology to Read More >

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