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Biodiesel Production from Sugarcane

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A multi-institutional team led by plant biology professor Stephen P. Long from the University of Illinois reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. These are the first steps in a bigger initiative that will turn sugarcane and sorghum – two of the most productive crop plants known – into even more productive, oil-generating plants. The team presented Read More >

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Successful Strategies for Commercial Algae Production

"Turning algae into energy" by Sandia Labs

During Wednesday’s breakout session, World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology attendees had the opportunity to learn about “Successful strategies for commercial algae production”. The session was designed for those attending to hear from both industry and the federal government. Alice Chen, Keller and Heckman, moderated the discussion with Valerie Harmon, Cellana, and Valerie Reed, Department of Energy, Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Alice Chen provided an introduction to the discussion by Read More >

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Driving Innovation through Federal Investments

Biopharmaceuticals and Accountable Care Organizations: Balancing Cost and Quality

Today, BIO submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the importance of driving innovation through federal investments. Below are highlights of our written testimony. NIH:  A Driver of the Innovation Pipeline We must continue to invest in scientific discovery.  NIH-supported biomedical research builds the foundation of scientific and clinical knowledge that is widely communicated and used to improve the treatment of patients and underpin the development of new diagnostics, treatments, vaccines, and cures. Read More >

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Unrealistic Assumptions Lead to Unsustainable Results for Corn Stover

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There is a growing body of independent research reporting the results of practical field trials for corn stover harvesting, switchgrass production, and other sources of advanced and cellulosic biofuels. This research has led to guidelines and measurement tools for sustainably harvesting crop residues, in order to ensure soil health. The main point of this decade-old area of research is to help farmers know their fields and to engage in sustainable harvesting practices. Companies planning to Read More >

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Pacific Rim Summit Focuses on Drop In Fuels for Military

BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit came to a close on Tuesday, but not before giving attendees a preview of what the industry expects to be two of the hottest trends for 2011, as recorded in a recent BIO/Biofuels Digest poll. Department of Defense interest in biofuels is expected to increase, due to the national security implications of reliance on oil. As Chris Tindal, director of Operational Energy for the U.S. Navy, explained to attendees of the Read More >

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