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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644843/a-high-density-genetic-map-and-qtl-analysis-of-agronomic-traits-in-foxtail-millet-setaria-italica-l-p-beauv-using-rad-seq
#1
Jun Wang, Zhilan Wang, Xiaofen Du, Huiqing Yang, Fang Han, Yuanhuai Han, Feng Yuan, Linyi Zhang, Shuzhong Peng, Erhu Guo
Foxtail millet (Setaria italica), a very important grain crop in China, has become a new model plant for cereal crops and biofuel grasses. Although its reference genome sequence was released recently, quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling complex agronomic traits remains limited. The development of massively parallel genotyping methods and next-generation sequencing technologies provides an excellent opportunity for developing single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for linkage map construction and QTL analysis of complex quantitative traits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644390/the-electrosome-a-surface-displayed-enzymatic-cascade-in-a-biofuel-cell-s-anode-and-a-high-density-surface-displayed-biocathodic-enzyme
#2
Alon Szczupak, Dror Aizik, Sarah Moraïs, Yael Vazana, Yoav Barak, Edward A Bayer, Lital Alfonta
The limitation of surface-display systems in biofuel cells to a single redox enzyme is a major drawback of hybrid biofuel cells, resulting in a low copy-number of enzymes per yeast cell and a limitation in displaying enzymatic cascades. Here we present the electrosome, a novel surface-display system based on the specific interaction between the cellulosomal scaffoldin protein and a cascade of redox enzymes that allows multiple electron-release by fuel oxidation. The electrosome is composed of two compartments: (i) a hybrid anode, which consists of dockerin-containing enzymes attached specifically to cohesin sites in the scaffoldin to assemble an ethanol oxidation cascade, and (ii) a hybrid cathode, which consists of a dockerin-containing oxygen-reducing enzyme attached in multiple copies to the cohesin-bearing scaffoldin...
June 23, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643461/single-enzyme-biofuel-cells
#3
Chao Ji, Jingwei Hou, Kai Wang, Yun Hau Ng, Vicki Chen
Here, we firstly demonstrate that the intramolecular electron transfer within signle enzyme molecule is an important alternative pathway which can be harnessed to generate electricity. By decoupling the redox reactions within a single type of enzyme (e.g., Trametes versicolor laccase), we harvested electricity efficiently from unconventional fuels including recalcitrant pollutants (e.g. bisphenol-A and hydroquinon) in a single-laccase biofuel cell. The intramolecular electron-harnessing concept was further demonstrated with other enzymes, including power generation during CO2 bioconversion to formate catalyzed by formate dehydrogenase from Candida boidinii...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642053/from-low-cost-substrates-to-single-cell-oils-synthesized-by-oleaginous-yeasts
#4
REVIEW
Lei Qin, Lu Liu, An-Ping Zeng, Dong Wei
As new feedstock for biofuels, microbial oils have received worldwide attentions due to their environmentally-friendly characters. Microbial oil production based on low-cost raw materials is significantly attractive to the current biodiesel refinery industry. In terms of SCOs production, oleaginous yeast has numerous advantages over bacteria, molds and microalgae based on their high growth rate and lipid yield. Numerous efforts have been made on the competitive lipid production combining the use of cheap raw materials as substrates by yeasts...
May 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637316/incorporating-comparative-genomics-into-the-design-test-learn-cycle-of-microbial-strain-engineering
#5
Maria Sardi, Audrey P Gasch
Engineering microbes with new properties is an important goal in industrial engineering, to establish biological factories for production of biofuels, commodity chemicals, and pharmaceutics. But engineering microbes to produce new compounds with high yield remains a major challenge toward economically viable production. Incorporating several modern approaches, including synthetic and systems biology, metabolic modeling, and regulatory rewiring have proven to significantly advance industrial strain engineering...
June 16, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637163/the-impacts-of-biomass-properties-on-pyrolysis-yields-economic-and-environmental-performance-of-the-pyrolysis-bioenergy-biochar-platform-to-carbon-negative-energy
#6
Wenqin Li, Qi Dang, Robert C Brown, David Laird, Mark M Wright
This study evaluated the impact of biomass properties on the pyrolysis product yields, economic and environmental performance for the pyrolysis-biochar-bioenergy platform. We developed and applied a fast pyrolysis, feedstock-sensitive, regression-based chemical process model to 346 different feedstocks, which were grouped into five types: woody, stalk/cob/ear, grass/plant, organic residue/product and husk/shell/pit. The results show that biomass ash content of 0.3-7.7wt% increases biochar yield from 0.13 to 0...
June 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634129/state-of-the-art-review-of-biofuels-production-from-lignocellulose-by-thermophilic-bacteria
#7
REVIEW
Yujia Jiang, Fengxue Xin, Jiasheng Lu, Weiliang Dong, Wenming Zhang, Min Zhang, Hao Wu, Jiangfeng Ma, Min Jiang
Biofuels, including ethanol and butanol, are mainly produced by mesophilic solventogenic yeasts and Clostridium species. However, these microorganisms cannot directly utilize lignocellulosic materials, which are abundant, renewable and non-compete with human demand. More recently, thermophilic bacteria show great potential for biofuels production, which could efficiently degrade lignocellulose through the cost effective consolidated bioprocessing. Especially, it could avoid contamination in the whole process owing to its relatively high fermentation temperature...
June 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634124/cell-disruption-and-lipid-extraction-for-microalgal-biorefineries-a-review
#8
REVIEW
Soo Youn Lee, Jun Muk Cho, Yong Keun Chang, You-Kwan Oh
The microalgae-based biorefinement process has attracted much attention from academic and industrial researchers attracted to its biofuel, food and nutraceutical applications. In this paper, recent developments in cell-disruption and lipid-extraction methods, focusing on four biotechnologically important microalgal species (namely, Chlamydomonas, Haematococcus, Chlorella, and Nannochloropsis spp.), are reviewed. The structural diversity and rigidity of microalgal cell walls complicate the development of efficient downstream processing methods for cell-disruption and subsequent recovery of intracellular lipid and pigment components...
June 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633514/metagenomic-smrt-sequencing-based-exploration-of-novel-lignocellulose-degrading-capability-in-wood-detritus-from-torreya-nucifera-in-bija-forest-on-jeju-island
#9
Han Na Oh, Tae Kwon Lee, Jae Wan Park, Jee Hyun No, Dockyu Kim, Woo Jun Sul
Lignocellulose, mostly composed of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin generated through secondary growth of woody plant, is considered as promising resources for bio-fuel. In order to use lignocellulose as a biofuel, the biodegradation besides high-cost chemical treatments were applied, but its knowledge on decomposition of lignocellulose occurring in a natural environment were insufficient. We analyzed 16S rRNA gene and metagenome to understand how the lignocellulose are decomposed naturally in decayed Torreya nucifera (L) of Bija forest (Bijarim) in Gotjawal, an ecologically distinct environment...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631219/agrobacterium-tumefaciens-mediated-transformation-of-oleaginous-yeast-lipomyces-species
#10
Ziyu Dai, Shuang Deng, David E Culley, Kenneth S Bruno, Jon K Magnuson
Interest in using renewable sources of carbon, especially lignocellulosic biomass, for the production of hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals has fueled interest in exploring various organisms capable of producing hydrocarbon biofuels and chemicals or their precursors. The oleaginous (oil-producing) yeast Lipomyces starkeyi is the subject of active research regarding the production of triacylglycerides as hydrocarbon fuel precursors using a variety of carbohydrate and nutrient sources. The genome of L. starkeyi has been published, which opens the door to production strain improvements through the development and use of the tools of synthetic biology for this oleaginous species...
June 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630908/biofuel-by-isomerizing-metathesis-of-rapeseed-oil-esters-with-bio-ethylene-for-use-in-contemporary-diesel-engines
#11
Kai F Pfister, Sabrina Baader, Mathias Baader, Silvia Berndt, Lukas J Goossen
Rapeseed oil methyl ester (RME) and (bio)ethylene are converted into biofuel with an evenly rising boiling point curve, which fulfills the strict boiling specifications prescribed by the fuel standard EN 590 for modern (petro)diesel engines. Catalyzed by a Pd/Ru system, RME undergoes isomerizing metathesis in a stream of ethylene gas, leading to a defined olefin, monoester, and diester blend. This innovative refining concept requires negligible energy input (60°C) and no solvents and does not produce waste...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630648/comparative-metabolic-profiling-of-the-lipid-producing-green-microalga-chlorella-reveals-that-nitrogen-and-carbon-metabolic-pathways-contribute-to-lipid-metabolism
#12
Hui Chen, Yanli Zheng, Jiao Zhan, Chenliu He, Qiang Wang
Microalgae are a promising feedstock for biofuel production. Microalgal metabolic pathways are heavily influenced by environmental factors. For instance, lipid metabolism can be induced by nitrogen-limiting conditions. However, the underlying mechanisms of lipid biosynthesis are unclear. In this study, we analyzed the global metabolic profiles of three genetically closely related Chlorella strains (C1, C2, and C3) with significant differences in lipid productivity to identify the contributions of key metabolic pathways to lipid metabolism...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630295/application-of-metabolic-controls-for-the-maximization-of-lipid-production-in-semicontinuous-fermentation
#13
Jingyang Xu, Nian Liu, Kangjian Qiao, Sebastian Vogg, Gregory Stephanopoulos
Acetic acid can be generated through syngas fermentation, lignocellulosic biomass degradation, and organic waste anaerobic digestion. Microbial conversion of acetate into triacylglycerols for biofuel production has many advantages, including low-cost or even negative-cost feedstock and environmental benefits. The main issue stems from the dilute nature of acetate produced in such systems, which is costly to be processed on an industrial scale. To tackle this problem, we established an efficient bioprocess for converting dilute acetate into lipids, using the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica in a semicontinuous system...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629967/isolation-of-fungi-from-dung-of-wild-herbivores-for-application-in-bioethanol-production
#14
Rhulani Makhuvele, Ignatious Ncube, Elbert Lukas Jansen van Rensburg, Daniël Coenrad La Grange
Producing biofuels such as ethanol from non-food plant material has the potential to meet transportation fuel requirements in many African countries without impacting directly on food security. The current shortcomings in biomass processing are inefficient fermentation of plant sugars, such as xylose, especially at high temperatures, lack of fermenting microbes that are able to resist inhibitors associated with pre-treated plant material and lack of effective lignocellulolytic enzymes for complete hydrolysis of plant polysaccharides...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628990/kinetic-modelling-of-starch-and-lipid-formation-during-mixotrophic-nutrient-limited-microalgal-growth
#15
Gonzalo M Figueroa-Torres, Jon K Pittman, Constantinos Theodoropoulos
Microalgal starch and lipids, carbon-based storage molecules, are useful as potential biofuel feedstocks. In this work, cultivation strategies maximising starch and lipid formation were established by developing a multi-parameter kinetic model describing microalgal growth as well as starch and lipid formation, in conjunction with laboratory-scale experiments. Growth dynamics are driven by nitrogen-limited mixotrophic conditions, known to increase cellular starch and lipid contents whilst enhancing biomass growth...
June 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628180/enhancing-the-biofuel-upgrade-performance-for-pd-nanoparticles-via-increasing-the-support-hydrophilicity-of-metal-organic-frameworks
#16
Qi Sun, Meng Chen, Briana Aguila, Nicholas Nguyen, Shengqian Ma
In this work, the influence of the hydrophilic/hydrophobic nature of metal-organic framework (MOF) materials on the catalytic performance of supported Pd nanoparticles for biofuel upgrade was studied. We show that the introduction of hydrophilic groups on a MOF can greatly enhance the performance of the resultant catalyst. Specifically, Pd nanoparticles supported on MIL-101-SO3Na with superhydrophilicity (Pd/MIL-101-SO3Na) far outperforms pristine MIL-101 and the benchmark catalyst Pd/C in the hydrodeoxygenation reaction of vanillin, a model component of pyrolysis oil derived from the lignin fraction...
June 19, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625124/occurrence-and-importance-of-plant-lipids-a-promising-insight-into-algae
#17
Nihed Ben Halima
BACKGROUND: Lipids are biomolecules with interesting structural variability. They are involved in many processes such as the storage of energy, in nutrition and are also of relevance for signal transduction processes, in apoptosis, cell differentiation and phagocytosis, etc. Algae and microalgae are a promising and very diverse group of organisms. These living arganisms inhabit a vaste range of ecosystems from the Antarctic to the Deserts. They account for above half the primary productivity at the base of the food chain because of their multiple nutritional products including, for instance, lipids...
June 19, 2017: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624742/ionic-liquids-toxicity-on-fresh-water-microalgae-scenedesmus-quadricauda-chlorella-vulgaris-botryococcus-braunii-selection-criterion-for-use-in-a-two-phase-partitioning-bioreactor-tppbr
#18
Khurrum Shehzad Quraish, Mohamad Azmi Bustam, Sooridarsan Krishnan, Noor Fathanah Aminuddin, Noraisyah Azeezah, Noraini Abd Ghani, Yoshimitsu Uemura, Jean Marc Lévêque
A promising method of Carbon dioxide (CO2) valorization is to use green microalgae photosynthesis to process biofuel. Two Phase Partitioning Bioreactors (TPPBR) offer the possibility to use non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL) to enhance CO2 solubility; thus making CO2 available to maximize algae growth. This requires relatively less toxic hydrophobic Ionic Liquids (ILs) that comprise a new class of ionic compounds with remarkable physicochemical properties and thus qualifies them as NAPL candidates. This paper concerns the synthesis of ILs with octyl and butyl chains as well as different cations containing aromatic (imidazolium, pyridinium) and non-aromatic (piperidinum, pyrrolidinium) rings for CO2 absorption studies...
June 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623567/molecular-identification-and-comparative-evaluation-of-tropical-marine-microalgae-for-biodiesel-production
#19
Sanyo Sabu, I S Bright Singh, Valsamma Joseph
Marine microalgae have emerged as important feedstock for liquid biofuel production. The identification of lipid-rich native microalgal species with high growth rate and optimal fatty acid profile and biodiesel properties is the most challenging step in microalgae-based biodiesel production. In this study, attempts have been made to bio-prospect the biodiesel production potential of marine and brackish water microalgal isolates from the west coast of India. A total of 14 microalgal species were isolated, identified using specific molecular markers and based on the lipid content; seven species with total lipid content above 20% of dry cell weight were selected for assessing biodiesel production potential in terms of lipid and biomass productivities, nile red fluorescence, fatty acid profile and biodiesel properties...
June 16, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620188/ecological-diversity-and-co-occurrence-patterns-of-bacterial-community-through-soil-profile-in-response-to-long-term-switchgrass-cultivation
#20
Shubin He, Lixiang Guo, Mengying Niu, Fuhong Miao, Shuo Jiao, Tianming Hu, Mingxiu Long
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a cellulosic biofuel feedstock and their effects on bacterial communities in deep soils remain poorly understood. To reveal the responses of bacterial communities to long-term switchgrass cultivation through the soil profile, we examined the shift of soil microbial communities with depth profiles of 0-60 cm in five-year switchgrass cultivation and fallow plots. The Illumina sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene showed that switchgrass cultivation significantly increased microbial OTU richness, rather than microbial Shannon diversity; however, there was no significant difference in the structure of microbial communities between switchgrass cultivation and fallow soils...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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