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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736576/the-impact-of-considering-land-intensification-and-updated-data-on-biofuels-land-use-change-and-emissions-estimates
#1
Farzad Taheripour, Xin Zhao, Wallace E Tyner
BACKGROUND: The GTAP model has been used to estimate biofuel policy induced land use changes and consequent GHG emissions for more than a decade. This paper reviews the history of the model and database modifications and improvements that have occurred over that period. In particular, the paper covers in greater detail the move from the 2004 to the 2011 database, and the inclusion of cropland intensification in the modeling structure. RESULTS: The results show that all the changes in the global economy and agricultural sectors cause biofuels induced land use changes and associated emissions can be quite different using the 2011 database versus 2004...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729884/genome-wide-landscape-of-position-effects-on-heterogeneous-gene-expression-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#2
Xiao-Le Wu, Bing-Zhi Li, Wen-Zheng Zhang, Kai Song, Hao Qi, Jun-Biao Dai, Ying-Jin Yuan
BACKGROUND: Integration of heterogeneous genes is widely applied in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. However, knowledge about the effect of integrative position on gene expression remains limited. RESULTS: We established a genome-wide landscape of position effect on gene expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The expression cassette of red fluorescence protein (RFP) gene was constructed and inserted at 1044 loci, which were scattered uniformly in the yeast genome...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725268/towards-microalgal-triglycerides-in-the-commodity-markets
#3
Giulia Benvenuti, Jesús Ruiz, Packo P Lamers, Rouke Bosma, René H Wijffels, Maria J Barbosa
BACKGROUND: Microalgal triglycerides (TAGs) hold great promise as sustainable feedstock for commodity industries. However, to determine research priorities and support business decisions, solid techno-economic studies are essential. Here, we present a techno-economic analysis of two-step TAG production (growth reactors are operated in continuous mode such that multiple batch-operated stress reactors are inoculated and harvested sequentially) for a 100-ha plant in southern Spain using vertically stacked tubular photobioreactors...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725267/heterologous-co-expression-of-a-yeast-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-scdga1-and-a-plant-oleosin-atoleo3-as-an-efficient-tool-for-enhancing-triacylglycerol-accumulation-in-the-marine-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum
#4
Nodumo Nokulunga Zulu, Jennifer Popko, Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Pablo Tarazona, Cornelia Herrfurth, Ivo Feussner
BACKGROUND: Microalgae are promising alternate and renewable sources for producing valuable products such as biofuel and essential fatty acids. Although this is the case, there are still challenges impeding on the effective commercial production of microalgal products. For instance, their product yield is still too low. Therefore, this study was oriented towards enhancing triacylglycerol (TAG) accumulation in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum (strain Pt4). To achieve this, a type 2 acyl-CoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferase from yeast (ScDGA1) and the lipid droplet (LD) stabilizing oleosin protein 3 from Arabidopsis thaliana (AtOLEO3) were expressed in Pt4...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725266/highly-efficient-methane-generation-from-untreated-microalgae-biomass
#5
Viktor Klassen, Olga Blifernez-Klassen, Daniel Wibberg, Anika Winkler, Jörn Kalinowski, Clemens Posten, Olaf Kruse
BACKGROUND: The fact that microalgae perform very efficiently photosynthetic conversion of sunlight into chemical energy has moved them into the focus of regenerative fuel research. Especially, biogas generation via anaerobic digestion is economically attractive due to the comparably simple apparative process technology and the theoretical possibility of converting the entire algal biomass to biogas/methane. In the last 60 years, intensive research on biogas production from microalgae biomass has revealed the microalgae as a rather challenging substrate for anaerobic digestion due to its high cell wall recalcitrance and unfavorable protein content, which requires additional pretreatment and co-fermentation strategies for sufficient fermentation...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725265/two-bifunctional-enzymes-from-the-marine-protist-thraustochytrium-roseum-biochemical-characterization-of-wax-ester-synthase-acyl-coa-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-activity-catalyzing-wax-ester-and-triacylglycerol-synthesis
#6
Nannan Zhang, Zejing Mao, Ling Luo, Xia Wan, Fenghong Huang, Yangmin Gong
BACKGROUND: Triacylglycerols (TAGs) and wax esters (WEs) are important neutral lipids which serve as energy reservoir in some plants and microorganisms. In recent years, these biologically produced neutral lipids have been regarded as potential alternative energy sources for biofuel production because of the increased interest on developing renewable and environmentally benign alternatives for fossil fuels. In bacteria, the final step in TAG and WE biosynthetic pathway is catalyzed by wax ester synthase/acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA):diacylglycerol acyltransferase (WS/DGAT)...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725264/identification-of-developmental-stage-and-anatomical-fraction-contributions-to-cell-wall-recalcitrance-in-switchgrass
#7
Jacob D Crowe, Nicholas Feringa, Sivakumar Pattathil, Brian Merritt, Cliff Foster, Dayna Dines, Rebecca G Ong, David B Hodge
BACKGROUND: Heterogeneity within herbaceous biomass can present important challenges for processing feedstocks to cellulosic biofuels. Alterations to cell wall composition and organization during plant growth represent major contributions to heterogeneity within a single species or cultivar. To address this challenge, the focus of this study was to characterize the relationship between composition and properties of the plant cell wall and cell wall response to deconstruction by NaOH pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis for anatomical fractions (stem internodes, leaf sheaths, and leaf blades) within switchgrass at various tissue maturities as assessed by differing internode...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725263/modeling-and-simulation-of-the-redox-regulation-of-the-metabolism-in-escherichia-coli-at-different-oxygen-concentrations
#8
Yu Matsuoka, Hiroyuki Kurata
BACKGROUND: Microbial production of biofuels and biochemicals from renewable feedstocks has received considerable recent attention from environmental protection and energy production perspectives. Many biofuels and biochemicals are produced by fermentation under oxygen-limited conditions following initiation of aerobic cultivation to enhance the cell growth rate. Thus, it is of significant interest to investigate the effect of dissolved oxygen concentration on redox regulation in Escherichia coli, a particularly popular cellular factory due to its high growth rate and well-characterized physiology...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725262/comparison-of-four-glycosyl-residue-composition-methods-for-effectiveness-in-detecting-sugars-from-cell-walls-of-dicot-and-grass-tissues
#9
Ajaya K Biswal, Li Tan, Melani A Atmodjo, Jaclyn DeMartini, Ivana Gelineo-Albersheim, Kimberly Hunt, Ian M Black, Sushree S Mohanty, David Ryno, Charles E Wyman, Debra Mohnen
BACKGROUND: The effective use of plant biomass for biofuel and bioproduct production requires a comprehensive glycosyl residue composition analysis to understand the different cell wall polysaccharides present in the different biomass sources. Here we compared four methods side-by-side for their ability to measure the neutral and acidic sugar composition of cell walls from herbaceous, grass, and woody model plants and bioenergy feedstocks. RESULTS: Arabidopsis, Populus, rice, and switchgrass leaf cell walls, as well as cell walls from Populus wood, rice stems, and switchgrass tillers, were analyzed by (1) gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) of alditol acetates combined with a total uronic acid assay; (2) carbodiimide reduction of uronic acids followed by GC-MS of alditol acetates; (3) GC-MS of trimethylsilyl (TMS) derivatives; and (4) high-pressure, anion-exchange chromatography (HPAEC)...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702086/transcriptome-and-key-genes-expression-related-to-carbon-fixation-pathways-in-chlorella-py-zu1-cells-and-their-growth-under-high-concentrations-of-co2
#10
Yun Huang, Jun Cheng, Hongxiang Lu, Yong He, Junhu Zhou, Kefa Cen
BACKGROUND: The biomass yield of Chlorella PY-ZU1 drastically increased when cultivated under high CO2 condition compared with that cultivated under air condition. However, less attention has been given to the microalgae photosynthetic mechanisms response to different CO2 concentrations. The genetic reasons for the higher growth rate, CO2 fixation rate, and photosynthetic efficiency of microalgal cells under higher CO2 concentration have not been clearly defined yet. RESULTS: In this study, the Illumina sequencing and de novo transcriptome assembly of Chlorella PY-ZU1 cells cultivated under 15% CO2 were performed and compared with those of cells grown under air...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702085/electricity-assisted-production-of-caproic-acid-from-grass
#11
Way Cern Khor, Stephen Andersen, Han Vervaeren, Korneel Rabaey
BACKGROUND: Medium chain carboxylic acids, such as caproic acid, are conventionally produced from food materials. Caproic acid can be produced through fermentation by the reverse β-oxidation of lactic acid, generated from low value lignocellulosic biomass. In situ extraction of caproic acid can be achieved by membrane electrolysis coupled to the fermentation process, allowing recovery by phase separation. RESULTS: Grass was fermented to lactic acid in a leach-bed-type reactor, which was then further converted to caproic acid in a secondary fermenter...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702084/modification-of-the-nanostructure-of-lignocellulose-cell-walls-via-a-non-enzymatic-lignocellulose-deconstruction-system-in-brown-rot-wood-decay-fungi
#12
Barry Goodell, Yuan Zhu, Seong Kim, Kabindra Kafle, Daniel Eastwood, Geoffrey Daniel, Jody Jellison, Makoto Yoshida, Leslie Groom, Sai Venkatesh Pingali, Hugh O'Neill
Wood decayed by brown rot fungi and wood treated with the chelator-mediated Fenton (CMF) reaction, either alone or together with a cellulose enzyme cocktail, was analyzed by small angle neutron scattering (SANS), sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results showed that the CMF mechanism mimicked brown rot fungal attack for both holocellulose and lignin components of the wood...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702083/metabolic-engineering-of-rhodopseudomonas-palustris-for-the-obligate-reduction-of-n-butyrate-to-n-butanol
#13
Devin F R Doud, Eric C Holmes, Hanno Richter, Bastian Molitor, Georg Jander, Largus T Angenent
BACKGROUND: Rhodopseudomonas palustris is a versatile microbe that encounters an innate redox imbalance while growing photoheterotrophically with reduced substrates. The resulting excess in reducing equivalents, together with ATP from photosynthesis, could be utilized to drive a wide range of bioconversions. The objective of this study was to genetically modify R. palustris to provide a pathway to reduce n-butyrate into n-butanol for maintaining redox balance. RESULTS: Here, we constructed and expressed a plasmid-based pathway for n-butanol production from Clostridium acetobutylicum ATCC 824 in R...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702082/enzymatic-degradation-of-sulfite-pulped-softwoods-and-the-role-of-lpmos
#14
Piotr Chylenski, Dejan M Petrović, Gerdt Müller, Marie Dahlström, Oskar Bengtsson, Martin Lersch, Matti Siika-Aho, Svein Jarle Horn, Vincent G H Eijsink
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in the development of enzyme cocktails for degradation of lignocellulosic biomass, especially the discovery of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs), have opened new perspectives for process design and optimization. Softwood biomass is an abundant resource in many parts of the world, including Scandinavia, but efficient pretreatment and subsequent enzymatic hydrolysis of softwoods are challenging. Sulfite pulping-based pretreatments, such as in the BALI™ process, yield substrates that are relatively easy to degrade...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702081/limitation-of-cellulose-accessibility-and-unproductive-binding-of-cellulases-by-pretreated-sugarcane-bagasse-lignin
#15
Germano Siqueira, Valdeir Arantes, Jack N Saddler, André Ferraz, Adriane M F Milagres
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose in plant cell wall is strongly influenced by the access of enzymes to cellulose, which is at least in part limited by the presence of lignin. Although physicochemical treatments preceding the enzymatic catalysis significantly overcome this recalcitrance, the residual lignin can still play a role in the process. Lignin is suggested to act as a barrier, hindering cellulose and limiting the access of the enzymes. It can also unspecifically bind cellulases, reducing the amount of enzymes available to act on cellulose...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694846/synthetic-co2-fixation-enzyme-cascades-immobilized-on-self-assembled-nanostructures-that-enhance-co2-o2-selectivity-of-rubisco
#16
Sriram Satagopan, Yuan Sun, Jon R Parquette, F Robert Tabita
BACKGROUND: With increasing concerns over global warming and depletion of fossil-fuel reserves, it is attractive to develop innovative strategies to assimilate CO2, a greenhouse gas, into usable organic carbon. Cell-free systems can be designed to operate as catalytic platforms with enzymes that offer exceptional selectivity and efficiency, without the need to support ancillary reactions of metabolic pathways operating in intact cells. Such systems are yet to be exploited for applications involving CO2 utilization and subsequent conversion to valuable products, including biofuels...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694845/a-type-i-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-modulates-triacylglycerol-biosynthesis-and-fatty-acid-composition-in-the-oleaginous-microalga-nannochloropsis-oceanica
#17
Hehong Wei, Ying Shi, Xiaonian Ma, Yufang Pan, Hanhua Hu, Yantao Li, Ming Luo, Henri Gerken, Jin Liu
BACKGROUND: Photosynthetic oleaginous microalgae are considered promising feedstocks for biofuels. The marine microalga, Nannochloropsis oceanica, has been attracting ever-increasing interest because of its fast growth, high triacylglycerol (TAG) content, and available genome sequence and genetic tools. Diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) catalyzes the last and committed step of TAG biosynthesis in the acyl-CoA-dependent pathway. Previous studies have identified 13 putative DGAT-encoding genes in the genome of N...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690680/from-grass-to-gas-microbiome-dynamics-of-grass-biomass-acidification-under-mesophilic-and-thermophilic-temperatures
#18
Christian Abendroth, Claudia Simeonov, Juli Peretó, Oreto Antúnez, Raquel Gavidia, Olaf Luschnig, Manuel Porcar
BACKGROUND: Separating acidification and methanogenic steps in anaerobic digestion processes can help to optimize the process and contribute to producing valuable sub-products such as methane, hydrogen and organic acids. However, the full potential of this technology has not been fully explored yet. To assess the underlying fermentation process in more detail, a combination of high-throughput sequencing and proteomics on the acidification step of plant material (grass) at both mesophilic and thermophilic temperatures (37 and 55 °C, respectively) was applied for the first time...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690679/trichoderma-reesei-complete-genome-sequence-repeat-induced-point-mutation-and-partitioning-of-cazyme-gene-clusters
#19
Wan-Chen Li, Chien-Hao Huang, Chia-Ling Chen, Yu-Chien Chuang, Shu-Yun Tung, Ting-Fang Wang
BACKGROUND: Trichoderma reesei (Ascomycota, Pezizomycotina) QM6a is a model fungus for a broad spectrum of physiological phenomena, including plant cell wall degradation, industrial production of enzymes, light responses, conidiation, sexual development, polyketide biosynthesis, and plant-fungal interactions. The genomes of QM6a and its high enzyme-producing mutants have been sequenced by second-generation-sequencing methods and are publicly available from the Joint Genome Institute. While these genome sequences have offered useful information for genomic and transcriptomic studies, their limitations and especially their short read lengths make them poorly suited for some particular biological problems, including assembly, genome-wide determination of chromosome architecture, and genetic modification or engineering...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680480/metabolic-engineering-of-escherichia-coli-for-production-of-n-butanol-from-crude-glycerol
#20
Mukesh Saini, Ze Win Wang, Chung-Jen Chiang, Yun-Peng Chao
BACKGROUND: Crude glycerol in the waste stream of the biodiesel production process is an abundant and renewable resource. However, the glycerol-based industry is usually afflicted by the cost for refinement of crude glycerol. This issue can be addressed by developing a microbial process to convert crude glycerol to value-added chemicals. In this study, Escherichia coli was implemented for the production of n-butanol based on the reduced nature of glycerol. RESULTS: The central metabolism of E...
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