Better "bugs" lead to cheaper ethanol from biomass

New agreements could boost U.S. biofuels industry

Golden, Colo., Nov. 10, 1999 -- Continued advances in genetic engineering are at the heart of two agreements that could further bring down the cost of making ethanol from biomass and boost the U.S. biofuels industry.

A new cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) and licensing agreement have been signed between the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Arkenol Holdings of Mission Viejo, Calif. The agreements focus on developing new strains of genetically altered bacteria for use in converting rice straw to ethanol at a planned Arkenol refinery in Sacramento, Calif.

NREL and Arkenol researchers point out that such new bacteria strains could also be used to bring down the cost of chemicals and products from other biomass feedstocks.

"These agreements are good for DOE and the Laboratory because they help us get some of our pioneering research in genetically engineered organisms into wider use," said Mark Finkelstein, director of NREL's Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals center.

"The basic research done by NREL has significant economic value when deployed with Arkenol's sugar production technology," said Rus Miller, Arkenol Holdings' Chief Operating Officer. "We are delighted to have found this capability to deliver strains well suited to our needs and the people ready to improve their performance."

Under the CRADA, NREL will develop superior strains of a patented bacterium that could lead to faster and more efficient -- and therefore cheaper -- fermentation of rice straw into ethanol. The bacterium, Zymomonas mobilis, was originally genetically engineered at NREL to ferment both five- and six-carbon sugars. Most biocatalysts ferment only glucose, a six-carbon sugar.

By fermenting both sugars simultaneously, Zymonomas mobilis can expand by up to 40 percent the amount of biomass materi

Contact: Patrick Summers
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Better living through urban ecology
2. Better techniques needed to predict earthquake hazards, UC study finds
3. Better model of cancer development sheds light on potential angiogenesis target
4. Natural Science and Public Health: Prescription for a Better Environment
5. Better computer modeling provides a new look at large biomolecules
6. UF nutritionist: Better to vow to eat healthy for new year
7. Diet and cancer prevention: a sampler of story ideas for 5-a-Day for Better Health Week
8. Some Atlantic Coast Beaches Are Shrinking While Floridas Beaches Better Off Than Most
9. New Polyester Products Perform Better And Are Easy To Recycle
10. Better Binding Through Chemistry
11. Urine Tests Will Do Better Than Pelvic Exams To Save Teens From Serious Effects Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, UCSF Analysis Shows

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/26/2020)... HOUSTON (PRWEB) , ... August 25, 2020 , ... ... it made Inc. magazine’s 2020 annual Inc. 5000 list. The list is the most ... list in 2019 as well, and for this year’s list, reported three-year revenue growth ...
(Date:8/21/2020)... ... August 19, 2020 , ... “How ... LLC, businesses dedicated to Salivary Bioscience for more than twenty years. Together with ... by Springer, " Salivary Bioscience: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Saliva Research and Applications ," ...
(Date:8/12/2020)... ... 11, 2020 , ... Both Roche, based in Basel, Switzerland, ... agreements with Housey Pharma’s HMI subsidiary to gain access to its core-enabling technology ... and Development spending in excess of US $10 billion. , Scientists at Housey ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... ... up to three different materials for use with CRM, neurostimulation, vascular, and related ... materials to meet specific design requirements, performance, and cost criteria; especially where solid ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... , ... July 29, 2020 , ... eSource has long ... This webinar will cover the history of eSource, the reasons it did not take ... to wearables, to site source, the industry is moving towards capturing data electronically for ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... ... today announced the release of its signature product called Beacon - a ... and other field medical professionals. , Beacon helps MSLs streamline communication ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... , ... After research model surgery and catheter implantation, the long journey of ... beginning of a successful study, while protecting and accessing the catheter or device post-surgery ... Surgery from Envigo in a live webinar on Wednesday, August ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: