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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811879/growth-and-fecundity-of-fertile-miscanthus%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-giganteus-powercane-compared-to-feral-and-ornamental-miscanthus-sinensis-in-a-common-garden-experiment-implications-for-invasion
#1
Maria N Miriti, Tahir Ibrahim, Destiny Palik, Catherine Bonin, Emily Heaton, Evans Mutegi, Allison A Snow
Perennial grasses are promising candidates for bioenergy crops, but species that can escape cultivation and establish self-sustaining naturalized populations (feral) may have the potential to become invasive. Fertile Miscanthus × giganteus, known as "PowerCane," is a new potential biofuel crop. Its parent species are ornamental, non-native Miscanthus species that establish feral populations and are sometimes invasive in the USA. As a first step toward assessing the potential for "PowerCane" to become invasive, we documented its growth and fecundity relative to one of its parent species (Miscanthus sinensis) in competition with native and invasive grasses in common garden experiments located in Columbus, Ohio and Ames, Iowa, within the targeted range of biofuel cultivation...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810219/industrial-hemp-as-a-potential-bioenergy-crop-in-comparison-with-kenaf-switchgrass-and-biomass-sorghum
#2
Lalitendu Das, Enshi Liu, Areej Saeed, David W Williams, Hongqiang Hu, Chenlin Li, Allison E Ray, Jian Shi
This study takes combined field trial, lab experiment, and economic analysis approaches to evaluate the potential of industrial hemp in comparison with kenaf, switchgrass and biomass sorghum. Agronomy data suggest that the per hectare yield (5437kg) of industrial hemp stem alone was at a similar level with switchgrass and sorghum; while the hemp plants require reduced inputs. Field trial also showed that ∼1230kg/ha hemp grain can be harvested in addition to stems. Results show a predicted ethanol yield of ∼82gallons/dry ton hemp stems, which is comparable to the other three tested feedstocks...
August 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808229/bioenergy-application-of-dunaliella-salina-sa-134-grown-at-various-salinity-levels-for-lipid-production
#3
Rajper Aftab Ahmed, Meilin He, Rajper Asma Aftab, Shiyan Zheng, Mostafa Nagi, Ramadan Bakri, Changhai Wang
The biofuels are receiving considerable attention as a substitute for petro diesel. For microalgae, the cell density or biomass and lipid contents are key components for biodiesel production. This study was conducted to develop favorable culture conditions for Dunaliella salina to maximize its biomass and lipid accumulation. The effect of salinity (0.5 to 2.5 M NaCl) on the cell population, biochemical composition, and lipid output of Dunaliella salina was examined under a controlled environment for 21 days...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805994/monitoring-photosynthetic-activity-in-microalgal-cells-by-raman-spectroscopy-with-deuterium-oxide-as-a-tracking-probe
#4
Yusuke Yonamine, Yuta Suzuki, Takuro Ito, Yoshiko Miura, Keisuke Goda, Yasuyuki Ozeki, Yu Hoshino
Microalgae offer great potential for biofuel production, but high photosynthetic activity is demanded for practical realization of microalgal biofuels. To this end, it is essential to evaluate the photosynthetic activity of single microalgal cells in a heterogeneous population. In this study, we present a method for monitoring photosynthetic activity of microalgae (in particular Euglena gracilis, a microalgal species of unicellular, photosynthetic, flagellate protists as our model organism) at single-cell resolution by Raman spectroscopy with deuterium from deuterium oxide (D2O) as a tracking probe...
August 14, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805313/about-how-to-capture-and-exploit-the-co2-surplus-that-nature-per-se-is-not-capable-of-fixing
#5
Manuel S Godoy, Beatrice Mongili, Debora Fino, M Auxiliadora Prieto
Human activity has been altering many ecological cycles for decades, disturbing the natural mechanisms which are responsible for re-establishing the normal environmental balances. Probably, the most disrupted of these cycles is the cycle of carbon. In this context, many technologies have been developed for an efficient CO2 removal from the atmosphere. Once captured, it could be stored in large geological formations and other reservoirs like oceans. This strategy could present some environmental and economic problems...
August 14, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804802/improvement-of-glycerol-catabolism-in-bacillus-licheniformis-for-production-of-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid
#6
Yangyang Zhan, Chengjun Zhu, Bojie Sheng, Dongbo Cai, Qin Wang, Zhiyou Wen, Shouwen Chen
Bacillus licheniformis WX-02 is a well-studied strain to produce poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) with numerous applications. This study is to improve WX-02 strain's capability of assimilating glycerol, a major byproduct of biofuels industries, through metabolic manipulation. Through gene knockout, the GlpK pathway was identified as the sole functional glycerol catabolism pathway, while the DhaK pathway was inactive for this strain under either aerobic or anaerobic conditions. The enhancement of glycerol utilization was attempted by substituting the native glpFK promoter with the constitutive promoter (P43), ytzE promoter (PytzE), and bacABC operon promoter (PbacA), respectively...
August 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803908/comparative-analysis-of-basidiomycete-transcriptomes-reveals-a-core-set-of-expressed-genes-encoding-plant-biomass-degrading-enzymes
#7
Mao Peng, Maria Victoria Aguilar-Pontes, Matthieu Hainaut, Bernard Henrissat, Kristiina Hildén, Miia R Mäkelä, Ronald P de Vries
Basidiomycete fungi can degrade a wide range of plant biomass, including living and dead trees, forest litter, crops, and plant matter in soils. Understanding the process of plant biomass decay by basidiomycetes could facilitate their application in various industrial sectors such as food & feed, detergent, and biofuels, and also provide new insights into their essential biological role in the global carbon cycle. The fast expansion of basidiomycete genomic and functional genomics data (e.g. transcriptomics, proteomics) has facilitated exploration of key genes and regulatory mechanisms of plant biomass degradation...
August 10, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803154/prospects-recent-advancements-and-challenges-of-different-wastewater-streams-for-microalgal-cultivation
#8
REVIEW
Abhishek Guldhe, Sheena Kumari, Luveshan Ramanna, Prathana Ramsundar, Poonam Singh, Ismail Rawat, Faizal Bux
Microalgae are recognized as one of the most powerful biotechnology platforms for many value added products including biofuels, bioactive compounds, animal and aquaculture feed etc. However, large scale production of microalgal biomass poses challenges due to the requirements of large amounts of water and nutrients for cultivation. Using wastewater for microalgal cultivation has emerged as a potential cost effective strategy for large scale microalgal biomass production. This approach also offers an efficient means to remove nutrients and metals from wastewater making wastewater treatment sustainable and energy efficient...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803108/enhanced-biobutanol-production-with-high-yield-from-crude-glycerol-by-acetone-uncoupled-clostridium-sp-strain-ct7
#9
Fengxue Xin, Tianpeng Chen, Yujia Jiang, Jiasheng Lu, Weiliang Dong, Wenming Zhang, Jiangfeng Ma, Min Zhang, Min Jiang
This study reports a unique acetone uncoupled Clostridium species strain CT7, which shows efficient capability of glycerol utilization with high butanol ratio. Medium compositions, such as substrate concentration, micronutrients and pH show significant effects on butanol production from glycerol by strain CT7. To further maximize butanol production, fermentation conditions were optimized by using response surface methodology (RSM). Final butanol production of 16.6g/L with yield of 0.43g/g consumed glycerol was obtained, representing the highest butanol production and yield from glycerol in the batch fermentation mode...
August 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803099/renewable-platform-chemicals-from-directional-microwave-assisted-liquefaction-coupling-stepwise-extraction-of-waste-biomass
#10
Junfeng Feng, Chungyun Hse, Zhongzhi Yang, Kui Wang, Jianchun Jiang, Junming Xu
Directional microwave-assisted liquefaction and stepwise extraction are introduced for producing platform chemicals: aromatics and monosaccharides. When sulfuric acid was used as a catalyst, a 45% monosaccharides yield and a 29% aromatics yield were obtained from bamboo with 0.3g catalyst per 18g methanol and 2g bamboo at 160°C with 10min. Approximately 78-86wt% of the six biomass materials were converted into liquid products. After the stepwise extraction and precipitation process, the yields of monosaccharide derivatives and three phenolic compound fractions were 39-45% and 28-32%, respectively...
August 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803063/cascading-biomethane-energy-systems-for-sustainable-green-gas-production-in-a-circular-economy
#11
REVIEW
David M Wall, Shane McDonagh, Jerry D Murphy
Biomethane is a flexible energy vector that can be used as a renewable fuel for both the heat and transport sectors. Recent EU legislation encourages the production and use of advanced, third generation biofuels with improved sustainability for future energy systems. The integration of technologies such as anaerobic digestion, gasification, and power to gas, along with advanced feedstocks such as algae will be at the forefront in meeting future sustainability criteria and achieving a green gas supply for the gas grid...
July 23, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803061/carbon-streaming-in-microalgae-extraction-and-analysis-methods-for-high-value-compounds
#12
REVIEW
G Venkata Subhash, Meghna Rajvanshi, B Navish Kumar, Sridharan Govindachary, Venkatesh Prasad, Santanu Dasgupta
There is a growing recognition that carbon-neutral biofuels and microalgae are eco-friendly options because of their high CO2 sequestering capability and ability to grow in wastewater/sea water and non-arable land. Also the intrinsic properties of microalgal systems can be exploited for high value compounds such as carbohydrates, lipids, pigments and proteins. This article provides a comprehensive review of various microalgae cultivation practices utilizing organic and inorganic carbon sources. The merits and demerits of the various extraction and analytical procedures have also been discussed in detail...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802880/isobutanol-and-2-ketoisovalerate-production-by-klebsiella-pneumoniae-via-a-native-pathway
#13
Jinjie Gu, Jidong Zhou, Zhongxi Zhang, Chul Ho Kim, Biao Jiang, Jiping Shi, Jian Hao
Isobutanol is a valuable chemical and is considered a new generation biofuel. Construction of isobutanol synthesis pathways in bacteria is a hot topic in isobutanol production. Here, we show that an isobutanol synthesis pathway exists naturally in Klebsiella pneumoniae; however, this pathway is dormant in the wild-type bacterium. K. pneumoniae is a 2,3-butanediol producer, and the synthesis pathways of 2,3-butanediol, valine and isobutanol all start from condensation of two pyruvate molecules to yield α-acetolactate...
August 9, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799719/expanding-upon-styrene-biosynthesis-to-engineer-a-novel-route-to-2-phenylethanol
#14
Michael S Machas, Rebekah McKenna, David R Nielsen
2-Phenylethanol (2PE) is a key molecule used in the fragrance and food industries, as well as a potential biofuel. In contrast to its extraction from plant biomass and/or more common chemical synthesis, microbial 2PE production has been demonstrated via both native and heterologous expression of the yeast Ehrlich pathway. Here, a novel alternative to this established pathway was systematically engineered in Escherichia coli and evaluated as a more robust and efficient route. This novel pathway was constructed via the modular extension of a previously-engineered styrene biosynthesis pathway, proceeding from endogenous L-phenylalanine in five steps and involving four heterologous enzymes...
August 11, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799050/environmental-building-policy-by-the-use-of-microalgae-and-decreasing-of-risks-for-canadian-oil-sand-sector-development
#15
Armen B Avagyan
Environmental building recommendations aimed towards new environmental policies and management-changing decisions which as example demonstrated in consideration of the problems of Canadian oil sands operators. For the implementation of the circular economic strategy, we use an in-depth analysis of reported environmental after-consequence on all stages of the production process. The study addressed the promotion of innovative solutions for greenhouse gas emission, waste mitigation, and risk of falling in oil prices for operators of oil sands with creating market opportunities...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798914/rapid-characterization-of-bacterial-electrogenicity-using-a-single-sheet-paper-based-electrofluidic-array
#16
Yang Gao, Daniel J Hassett, Seokheun Choi
Electrogenicity, or bacterial electron transfer capacity, is an important application which offers environmentally sustainable advances in the fields of biofuels, wastewater treatment, bioremediation, desalination, and biosensing. Significant boosts in this technology can be achieved with the growth of synthetic biology that manipulates microbial electron transfer pathways, thereby potentially significantly improving their electrogenic potential. There is currently a need for a high-throughput, rapid, and highly sensitive test array to evaluate the electrogenic properties of newly discovered and/or genetically engineered bacterial species...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798913/assessing-nutrient-removal-kinetics-in-flushed-manure-using-chlorella-vulgaris-biomass-production
#17
Pramod Pandey, Jun Shi
The utilization of dairy wastewater for producing algal biomass is seen as a two-fold opportunity to treat wastewater and produce algae biomass, which can be potentially used for production of biofuels. In animal agriculture system, one of the major waste streams is dairy manure that contains high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. Furthermore, it is produced abundantly in California's dairy industry, as well as many other parts of the world. We hypothesized that flushed manure, wastewater from a dairy farm, can be used as a potential feedstock after pretreatment to grow Chlorella vulgaris biomass and to reduce nutrients of manure...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798164/draft-nuclear-genome-complete-chloroplast-genome-and-complete-mitochondrial-genome-for-the-biofuel-bioproduct-feedstock-species-scenedesmus-obliquus-strain-doe0152z
#18
S R Starkenburg, J E W Polle, B Hovde, H E Daligault, K W Davenport, A Huang, P Neofotis, Z McKie-Krisberg
The green alga Scenedesmus obliquus is an emerging platform species for the industrial production of biofuels. Here, we report the draft assembly and annotation for the nuclear, plastid, and mitochondrial genomes of S. obliquus strain DOE0152z.
August 10, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797630/enzymatic-in-situ-saccharification-of-sugarcane-bagasse-pretreated-with-low-loading-of-alkalic-salts-na2so3-na3po4-by-autoclaving
#19
Chun-Xia Jiang, Yu-Cai He, Gang-Gang Chong, Jun-Hua Di, Ya-Jie Tang, Cui-Luan Ma
Sugarcane bagasse (SCB) is an abundant, renewable and inexpensive agricultural byproduct for the production of biofuel and other biobased products. To effectively saccharify SCB with cellulases, combination with dilute alkali salts Na2SO3/Na3PO4 (0.4% Na3PO4, 0.03% Na2SO3) at 7.5% sulfidity and hot water (DASHW) in "one-pot" pretreatment media by autoclaving at 110°C for 40min was attempted to pretreat SCB in this study. Furthermore, FT-IR, XRD and SEM were employed to characterize the changes in the cellulose structural characteristics (porosity, morphology, and crystallinity) of the pretreated Na2SO3/Na3PO4-SCB solid residue, which indicated that combination pretreatment could effectively remove lignin and hemicellulose for enhancing enzymatic saccharification...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796442/total-environmental-impacts-of-biofuels-from-corn-stover-using-a-hybrid-life-cycle-assessment-lca-model-combining-process-lca-and-economic-input-output-lca
#20
Changqi Liu, Yaji Huang, Xinye Wang, Yang Tai, Lingqin Liu, Hao Liu
Studies on the environmental analysis of biofuels by fast pyrolysis and hydroprocessing (BFPH) have so far only focused on the environmental impacts from direct emissions and included few indirect emissions. The influence of ignoring some indirect emissions on the environmental performance of BFPH has not been well investigated and hence is not really understood. In addition, in order to avoid shifting environmental problems from one media to another, a comprehensive assessment of environmental impacts caused by the processes must quantify the environmental emissions to all media (air, water, and land) in relation to each life cycle stage...
August 10, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
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