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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 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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
Hanna Marie Breunig, Ling Jin, Alastair Robinson, Corinne Donahue Scown
Food waste makes up approximately 15% of municipal solid waste generated in the United States, and 95% 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. We develop and analyze a set of scenarios that rely on excess capacity at existing anaerobic digester (AD) and solid biomass combustion facilities, and alternatives that allow for new facility construction...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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
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
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...
December 26, 2016: Bioresource Technology
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...
December 24, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Muhammad Aamer Mehmood, Guangbin Ye, Huibo Luo, Chenguang Liu, Sana Malik, Ifrah Afzal, Jianren Xu, Muhammad Sajjad Ahmad
The aim of this work was to study the thermal degradation of grass (Cymbopogon schoenanthus) under an inert environment at three heating rates, including 10, 30, and 50°Cmin(-1) in order to evaluate its bioenergy potential. Pyrolysis experiments were performed in a simultaneous Thermogravimetry-Differential Scanning Calorimetry analyzer. Thermal data were used to analyze kinetic parameters through isoconversional models of Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO) and Kissenger-Akahira-Sunose (KSA) methods. The pre-exponential factors values have shown the reaction to follow first order kinetics...
December 25, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Meghan N Pawlowski, Susan E Crow, Manyowa N Meki, James R Kiniry, Andrew D Taylor, Richard Ogoshi, Adel Youkhana, Mae Nakahata
Replacing fossil fuel with biofuel is environmentally viable from a climate change perspective only if the net greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of the system is reduced. The effects of replacing annual arable crops with perennial bioenergy feedstocks on net GHG production and soil carbon (C) stock are critical to the system-level balance. Here, we compared GHG flux, crop yield, root biomass, and soil C stock under two potential tropical, perennial grass biofuel feedstocks: conventional sugarcane and ratoon-harvested, zero-tillage napiergrass...
2017: PloS One
William M SooHoo, Cuizhen Wang, Huixuan Li
Agricultural land use change, especially corn expansion since 2000s, has been accelerating to meet the growing bioenergy demand of the United States. This study identifies the environmentally sensitive lands (ESLs) in the U.S. Midwest using the distance-weighted Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) associated with bioenergy land uses extracted from USDA Cropland Data Layers. The impacts of soil erosion to downstream wetlands and waterbodies in the river basin are counted in the RUSLE with an inverse distance weighting approach...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Ricardo Hideo Taniwaki, Carla Cristina Cassiano, Solange Filoso, Silvio Frosini de Barros Ferraz, Plínio Barbosa de Camargo, Luiz Antônio Martinelli
In Brazil, the cultivation of bioenergy crops is expanding at an accelerated rate. Most of this expansion has occurred over low-intensity pasture and is considered sustainable because it does not involve deforestation of natural vegetation. However, the impacts on the water quality of headwater streams are poorly understood, especially with regard to the influence of land use patterns in the watershed. In this study, we investigated the effects of land-use conversion on the water quality of streams draining sugarcane fields and examined whether the preservation of forested areas at the top of the headwaters would help mitigate the negative impacts of intensive agriculture...
December 28, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Samantha A McGaughey, Hannah L Osborn, Lily Chen, Joseph L Pegler, Stephen D Tyerman, Robert T Furbank, Caitlin S Byrt, Christopher P L Grof
Setaria viridis is a C4 grass used as a model for bioenergy feedstocks. The elongating internodes in developing S. viridis stems grow from an intercalary meristem at the base, and progress acropetally toward fully expanded cells that store sugar. During stem development and maturation, water flow is a driver of cell expansion and sugar delivery. As aquaporin proteins are implicated in regulating water flow, we analyzed elongating and mature internode transcriptomes to identify putative aquaporin encoding genes that had particularly high transcript levels during the distinct stages of internode cell expansion and maturation...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Ana S Almeida, Helena L A Vieira
Brain is the major consumer of glucose in the human body, whose pattern of consumption changes through lifetime, decreasing during adolescence up to adulthood. This evidence leads to the hypothesis that, in cerebral developmental stages, glycolysis might be the driving force for the high-energy requirement. Furthermore, several studies claim that neurogenesis process is accompanied by a shift into mitochondrial oxidative metabolism. Herein, we discuss recent work about cell metabolism during neuronal differentiation process, in particular the mitochondrial role in cellular bioenergy dynamics...
December 21, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Oscar Pardo-Planas, Rolf A Prade, Mark R Wilkins
Aryl alcohol oxidase (MtGloA) is an enzyme that belongs to the ligninolytic consortium and can play an important role in the bioenergy industry. This study investigated production of an MtGloA client enzyme by a mutant strain of Aspergillus nidulans unable to synthesize its own pyridoxine. Pyridoxine limitation can be used to control cell growth, diverting substrate to protein production. In agitated culture, enzyme production was similar when using media with 1 mg/L and without pyridoxine (26.64 ± 6.14 U/mg mycelia and 26...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Alice S Ferng, Katherine M Marsh, Jamie M Fleming, Renee F Conway, David Schipper, Naing Bajaj, Alana M Connell, Tia Pilikian, Kitsie Johnson, Ray Runyan, Stephen M Black, John A Szivek, Zain Khalpey
BACKGROUND: Adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (ASCs) isolated from the stromal vascular fraction are a source of mesenchymal stem cells that have been shown to be beneficial in many regenerative medicine applications. ASCs are an attractive source of stem cells in particular, due to their lack of immunogenicity. This study examines differences between mitochondrial bioenergetic profiles of ASCs isolated from adipose tissue of five peri-organ regions: pericardial, thymic, knee, shoulder, and abdomen...
2016: SpringerPlus
Yu-Wei Wu, Brendan Higgins, Chaowei Yu, Amitha P Reddy, Shannon Ceballos, Lawrence D Joh, Blake A Simmons, Steven W Singer, Jean S VanderGheynst
Ionic liquid (IL) pretreatment is a promising approach for the conversion of lignocellulose to biofuels. The toxicity of residual IL, however, negatively impacts the performance of industrial enzymes and microorganisms in hydrolysis and fermentation. In this study, a thermophilic microbial community was cultured on switchgrass amended with various levels of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Changes in the microbial community composition and transcription of genes relevant to IL tolerance and lignocellulose hydrolysis were quantified...
November 2016: MSystems
Isaac Emery, Steffen Mueller, Zhangcai Qin, Jennifer B Dunn
Land availability for growing feedstocks at scale is a crucial concern for the bioenergy industry. Feedstock production on land not well-suited to growing conventional crops, or marginal land, is often promoted as ideal, although there is a poor understanding of the qualities, quantity, and distribution of marginal lands in the United States. We examine the spatial distribution of land complying with several key marginal land definitions at the United States county, agro-ecological zone, and national scales, and compare the ability of both marginal land and land cover data sets to identify regions for feedstock production...
January 3, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Steven A Sattler, Alexander M Walker, Wilfred Vermerris, Scott E Sattler, ChulHee Kang
Cinnamoyl-CoA reductase (CCR) catalyzes the reduction of hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA esters using NADPH to produce hydroxycinnamyl aldehyde precursors in lignin synthesis. The catalytic mechanism and substrate specificity of cinnamoyl-CoA reducases from Sorghum bicolor, a strategic plant for the bioenergy production, were deduced from crystal structures, site-directed mutagenesis, and kinetic and thermodynamic analyses. Although SbCCR1 displayed higher affinity for caffeoyl-CoA or p-coumaroyl-CoA than for feruloyl-CoA, the enzyme showed significantly higher activity for the latter substrate...
December 12, 2016: Plant Physiology
Betzabet Morero, Rocio Vicentin, Enrique A Campanella
In Argentina, there is an important potential to utilize organic waste to generate bioenergy. This work analyzes the environmental impacts and the energetic and economic requirements of the biogas produced by digesting the sewage sludge (SS) produced in a wastewater treatment plant in a medium city in Argentina. The SS is co-digested with the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW), and the basis of this study is the life cycle assessment (LCA). The LCA is performed according to ISO 14040-44 using the SimaPro simulator...
December 7, 2016: Waste Management
Svetlana Proskurina, Jussi Heinimö, Mirja Mikkilä, Esa Vakkilainen
This article contains data related to the research article entitled "A survey analysis of the wood pellet industry in Finland: Future perspectives" (S. Proskurina, E. Alakangas, J. Heinimö, M. Mikkilä, E. Vakkilainen, 2016) [1]. The dataset include information about the importance of wood pellets on the global bioenergy development and role of wood pellets on the Finnish bioenergy development. Data leads to an expansion of knowledge and discoveries of new possibility for wood pellets industry analysis.
February 2017: Data in Brief
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