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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218992/differently-localized-lysophosphatidic-acid-acyltransferases-crucial-for-triacylglycerol-biosynthesis-in-the-oleaginous-alga-nannochloropsis
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Takashi Nobusawa, Koichi Hori, Hiroshi Mori, Ken Kurokawa, Hiroyuki Ohta
Production of renewable bioenergy will be necessary to meet rising global fossil fuel demands. Members of the marine microalgae genus Nannochloropsis produce large amounts of oils (triacylglycerols; TAGs), and this genus is regarded as one of the most promising for biodiesel production. Recent genome sequencing and transcriptomic studies on Nannochloropsis have provided a foundation for understanding its oleaginous trait, but the mechanism underlying oil accumulation remains to be clarified. Here we report Nannochloropsis knockout strains of four extraplastidic lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferases (LPAT1-4), which catalyze a major de novo biosynthetic step of TAGs and membrane lipids...
February 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214122/anaerobic-co-digestion-of-recalcitrant-agricultural-wastes-characterizing-of-biochemical-parameters-of-digestate-and-its-impacts-on-soil-ecosystem
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Adele Muscolo, Giovanna Settineri, Teresa Papalia, Emilio Attinà, Carmelo Basile, Maria Rosaria Panuccio
Anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic wastes is a promising alternative to landfilling for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHG) and it is encouraged by current regulation in Europe. Biogas-AD produced, represents a useful source of green energy, while its by-product (digestate) is a waste, that needs to be safely disposal. The sustainability of anaerobic digestion plants partly depends on the management of their digestion residues. This study has been focused on the environmental and economic benefits of co-digest recalcitrant agricultural wastes such olive wastes and citrus pulp, in combination with livestock wastes, straw and cheese whey for biogas production...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212406/accumulation-of-medium-chain-saturated-fatty-acyl-moieties-in-seed-oils-of-transgenic-camelina-sativa
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Zhaohui Hu, Qian Wu, Jyoti Dalal, Naresh Vasani, Harry O Lopez, Heike W Sederoff, Rongda Qu
With its high seed oil content, the mustard family plant Camelina sativa has gained attention as a potential biofuel source. As a bioenergy crop, camelina has many advantages. It grows on marginal land with low demand for water and fertilizer, has a relatively short life cycle, and is stress tolerant. As most other crop seed oils, camelina seed triacylglycerols (TAGs) consist of mostly long, unsaturated fatty acyl moieties, which is not desirable for biofuel processing. In our efforts to produce shorter, saturated chain fatty acyl moieties in camelina seed oil for conversion to jet fuel, a 12:0-acyl-carrier thioesterase gene, UcFATB1, from California bay (Umbellularia californica Nutt...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212024/environmental-multi-objective-optimization-of-the-use-of-biomass-resources-for-energy
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Carl Vadenbo, Davide Tonini, Thomas Fruergaard Astrup
Bioenergy is often considered an important component, alongside other renewables, to mitigate global warming and to reduce fossil fuel dependency. Determining sustainable strategies for utilizing biomass resources, however, requires a holistic perspective to reflect a wider range of potential environmental consequences. To circumvent the limitations of scenario-based life cycle assessment (LCA), we develop a multi-objective optimization model to systematically identify the environmentally-optimal use of biomass for energy under given system constraints...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212019/complete-nutrient-removal-coupled-to-nitrous-oxide-production-as-a-bioenergy-source-by-denitrifying-polyphosphate-accumulating-organisms
#5
Han Gao, Miaomiao Liu, James S Griffin, Longcheng Xu, Da Xiang, Yaniv D Scherson, Wen-Tso Liu, George F Wells
Coupled Aerobic-anoxic Nitrous Decomposition Operation (CANDO) is a promising emerging bioprocess for wastewater treatment that enables direct energy recovery from nitrogen (N) in three steps: (1) ammonium oxidation to nitrite; (2) denitrification of nitrite to nitrous oxide (N2O); and (3) N2O conversion to N2 with energy generation. However, CANDO does not currently target phosphorus (P) removal. Here, we demonstrate that denitrifying polyphosphate accumulating organism (PAO) enrichment cultures are capable of catalyzing simultaneous biological N and P removal coupled to N2O generation in a 2nd generation CANDO process, CANDO+P...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201992/high-flavonoid-accompanied-with-high-starch-accumulation-triggered-by-nutrient-starvation-in-bioenergy-crop-duckweed-landoltia-punctata
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Xiang Tao, Yang Fang, Meng-Jun Huang, Yao Xiao, Yang Liu, Xin-Rong Ma, Hai Zhao
BACKGROUND: As the fastest growing plant, duckweed can thrive on anthropogenic wastewater. The purple-backed duckweed, Landoltia punctata, is rich in starch and flavonoids. However, the molecular biological basis of high flavonoid and low lignin content remains largely unknown, as does the best method to combine nutrients removed from sewage and the utilization value improvement of duckweed biomass. RESULTS: A combined omics study was performed to investigate the biosynthesis of flavonoid and the metabolic flux changes in L...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199201/a-critical-review-on-factors-influencing-fermentative-hydrogen-production
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Richa Kothari, Virendra Kumar, Vinayak V Pathak, Shamshad Ahmad, Ochieng Aoyi, V V Tyagi
Biohydrogen production by dark fermentation of different waste materials is a promising approach to produce bio-energy in terms of renewable energy exploration. This communication has reviewed various influencing factors of dark fermentation process with detailed account of determinants in biohydrogen production. It has also focused on different factors such as improved bacterial strain, reactor design, metabolic engineering and two stage processes to enhance the bioenergy productivity from substrate. The study also suggest that complete utilization of substrates for biological hydrogen production requires the concentrated research and development for efficient functioning of microorganism with integrated application for energy production and bioremediation...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194318/cropping-system-diversification-for-food-production-in-mindanao-rubber-plantations-a-rice-cultivar-mixture-and-rice-intercropped-with-mungbean
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Rosa Fe Hondrade, Edwin Hondrade, Lianqing Zheng, Francisco Elazegui, Jo-Anne Lynne Joy E Duque, Christopher C Mundt, Casiana M Vera Cruz, Karen A Garrett
Including food production in non-food systems, such as rubber plantations and biofuel or bioenergy crops, may contribute to household food security. We evaluated the potential for planting rice, mungbean, rice cultivar mixtures, and rice intercropped with mungbean in young rubber plantations in experiments in the Arakan Valley of Mindanao in the Philippines. Rice mixtures consisted of two- or three-row strips of cultivar Dinorado, a cultivar with higher value but lower yield, and high-yielding cultivar UPL Ri-5...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155810/fungal-enzymes-and-yeasts-for-conversion-of-plant-biomass-to-bioenergy-and-high-value-products
#9
Lene Lange
Fungi and fungal enzymes play important roles in the new bioeconomy. Enzymes from filamentous fungi can unlock the potential of recalcitrant lignocellulose structures of plant cell walls as a new resource, and fungi such as yeast can produce bioethanol from the sugars released after enzyme treatment. Such processes reflect inherent characteristics of the fungal way of life, namely, that fungi as heterotrophic organisms must break down complex carbon structures of organic materials to satisfy their need for carbon and nitrogen for growth and reproduction...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126934/draft-genome-sequence-of-coniochaeta-ligniaria-nrrl-30616-a-lignocellulolytic-fungus-for-bioabatement-of-inhibitors-in-plant-biomass-hydrolysates
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Diego Javier Jiménez, Ronald E Hector, Robert Riley, Anna Lipzen, Rita C Kuo, Mojgan Amirebrahimi, Kerrie W Barry, Igor V Grigoriev, Jan Dirk van Elsas, Nancy N Nichols
Here, we report the first draft genome sequence (42.38 Mb containing 13,657 genes) of Coniochaeta ligniaria NRRL 30616, an ascomycete with biotechnological relevance in the bioenergy field given its high potential for bioabatement of toxic furanic compounds in plant biomass hydrolysates and its capacity to degrade lignocellulosic material.
January 26, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125648/complete-chloroplast-genomes-of-erianthus-arundinaceus-and-miscanthus-sinensis-comparative-genomics-and-evolution-of-the-saccharum-complex
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Shin-Ichi Tsuruta, Masumi Ebina, Makoto Kobayashi, Wataru Takahashi
The genera Erianthus and Miscanthus, both members of the Saccharum complex, are of interest as potential resources for sugarcane improvement and as bioenergy crops. Recent studies have mainly focused on the conservation and use of wild accessions of these genera as breeding materials. However, the sequence data are limited, which hampers the studies of phylogenetic relationships, population structure, and evolution of these grasses. Here, we determined the complete chloroplast genome sequences of Erianthus arundinaceus and Miscanthus sinensis by using 454 GS FLX pyrosequencing and Sanger sequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116491/nir-hyperspectral-imaging-and-multivariate-image-analysis-to-characterize-spent-mushroom-substrate-a-preliminary-study
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Maogui Wei, Paul Geladi, Shaojun Xiong
Commercial mushroom growth on substrate material produces a heterogeneous waste that can be used for bioenergy purposes. Hyperspectral imaging in the near-infrared (NHI) was used to experimentally study a number of spent mushroom substrate (SMS) packed samples under different conditions (wet vs. dry, open vs. plastic covering, and round or cuboid) and to explore the possibilities of direct characterization of the fresh substrate within a plastic bag. Principal components analysis (PCA) was used to remove the background of images, explore the important studied factors, and identify SMS and mycelia (Myc) based on the pixel clusters within the score plot...
January 23, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103219/the-pharmacological-regulation-of-cellular-mitophagy
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Nikolaos D Georgakopoulos, Geoff Wells, Michelangelo Campanella
Small molecules are pharmacological tools of considerable value for dissecting complex biological processes and identifying potential therapeutic interventions. Recently, the cellular quality-control process of mitophagy has attracted considerable research interest; however, the limited availability of suitable chemical probes has restricted our understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved. Current approaches to initiate mitophagy include acute dissipation of the mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) by mitochondrial uncouplers (for example, FCCP/CCCP) and the use of antimycin A and oligomycin to impair respiration...
January 19, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096391/network-based-integration-of-systems-genetics-data-reveals-pathways-associated-with-lignocellulosic-biomass-accumulation-and-processing
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Eshchar Mizrachi, Lieven Verbeke, Nanette Christie, Ana C Fierro, Shawn D Mansfield, Mark F Davis, Erica Gjersing, Gerald A Tuskan, Marc Van Montagu, Yves Van de Peer, Kathleen Marchal, Alexander A Myburg
As a consequence of their remarkable adaptability, fast growth, and superior wood properties, eucalypt tree plantations have emerged as key renewable feedstocks (over 20 million ha globally) for the production of pulp, paper, bioenergy, and other lignocellulosic products. However, most biomass properties such as growth, wood density, and wood chemistry are complex traits that are hard to improve in long-lived perennials. Systems genetics, a process of harnessing multiple levels of component trait information (e...
January 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081276/correlation-and-path-analysis-of-biomass-sorghum-production
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T P S Vendruscolo, M A A Barelli, M A S Castrillon, R S da Silva, F T de Oliveira, C L Corrêa, B W Zago, F D Tardin
Sorghum biomass is an interesting raw material for bioenergy production due to its versatility, potential of being a renewable energy source, and low-cost of production. The objective of this study was to evaluate the genetic variability of biomass sorghum genotypes and to estimate genotypic, phenotypic, and environmental correlations, and direct and indirect effects of seven agronomic traits through path analysis. Thirty-four biomass sorghum genotypes and two forage sorghum genotypes were cultivated in a randomized block design with three replicates...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072520/bioenergy-potential-from-food-waste-in-california
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Hanna M Breunig, Ling Jin, Alastair Robinson, Corinne D Scown
Food waste makes up approximately 15% of municipal solid waste generated in the United States, and 95% of food waste is ultimately landfilled. Its bioavailable carbon and nutrient content makes it a major contributor to landfill methane emissions, but also presents an important opportunity for energy recovery. This paper presents the first detailed analysis of monthly food waste generation in California at a county level, and its potential contribution to the state's energy production. Scenarios that rely on excess capacity at existing anaerobic digester (AD) and solid biomass combustion facilities, and alternatives that allow for new facility construction, are developed and modeled...
January 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067226/syntrophic-anaerobic-photosynthesis-via-direct-interspecies-electron-transfer
#17
Phuc T Ha, Stephen R Lindemann, Liang Shi, Alice C Dohnalkova, James K Fredrickson, Michael T Madigan, Haluk Beyenal
Microbial phototrophs, key primary producers on Earth, use H2O, H2, H2S and other reduced inorganic compounds as electron donors. Here we describe a form of metabolism linking anoxygenic photosynthesis to anaerobic respiration that we call 'syntrophic anaerobic photosynthesis'. We show that photoautotrophy in the green sulfur bacterium Prosthecochloris aestaurii can be driven by either electrons from a solid electrode or acetate oxidation via direct interspecies electron transfer from a heterotrophic partner bacterium, Geobacter sulfurreducens...
January 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064439/eugenol-specialty-chemical-production-in-transgenic-poplar-populus-tremula-%C3%A3-p-alba-field-trials
#18
Da Lu, Xianghe Yuan, Sung-Jin Kim, Joaquim V Marques, P Pawan Chakravarthy, Syed G A Moinuddin, Randi Luchterhand, Barri Herman, Laurence B Davin, Norman G Lewis
A foundational study assessed effects of biochemical pathway introduction into poplar to produce eugenol, chavicol, p-anol, isoeugenol, and their sequestered storage products, from potentially available substrates, coniferyl and p-coumaryl alcohols. At the onset, it was unknown whether significant carbon flux to monolignols vs other phenylpropanoid (acetate) pathway metabolites would be kinetically favored. Various transgenic poplar lines generated eugenol and chavicol glucosides in ca. 0.45% (~0.35 and ~0...
January 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063358/chemical-input-reduction-in-the-arabinoxylan-and-lignocellulose-alkaline-extraction-and-xylooligosaccharides-production
#19
Franciane Cristina de Figueiredo, Ana Flavia Azevedo Carvalho, Michel Brienzo, Tania Sila Campioni, Pedro de Oliva-Neto
Lignocellulosic material breakdown by hydrolysis is an important step to open new perspectives for bioenergy and special foods production like prebiotic xylooligosaccharides. Improvement of lignocellulose and arabinoxylan alkaline extraction from sugarcane bagasse and enzymatic hydrolysis were performed. Treatments 1 (10% KOH at 70°C), 3 (5% KOH at 121°C) and ZD method (24% KOH at 35°C) showed solid lignocellulose recovery of respectively 75.2%, 74.2% and 73%. A range of 24.8-27% extracted material with high arabinoxylan content (72...
March 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056373/life-cycle-assessment-of-rice-straw-utilization-practices-in-india
#20
Shveta Soam, Pal Borjesson, Pankaj K Sharma, Ravi P Gupta, Deepak K Tuli, Ravindra Kumar
The aim of this study is to find potential utilization practice of rice straw in India from an environmental perspective. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is conducted for four most realistic utilization practices of straw including: (1) incorporation into the field as fertilizer (2) animal fodder (3) electricity (4) biogas. The results show that processing of 1 ton straw to electricity and biogas resulted in net reduction of 1471 and 1023kg CO2 eq., 15.0 and 3.4kg SO2 eq. and 6.7 and 7.1kg C2H6 eq. emissions in global warming, acidification and photochemical oxidation creation potential respectively...
March 2017: Bioresource Technology
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