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Duke Ecologist Says Logging Is Creating 'Mahogany Deserts'

...At the moment, mahogany is not beingtreated like a renewable resource for the most part. In 99 percent of cases,it's being mined." Snook, an assistant professor of the practice of conservation biology atDuke's Nicholas School of the Environment, details her findings in an articlepublished in this month's Bota...

Environmental Technology Breakthroughs Forecast -- Year 2008

...nstead of when the sun shines orwind blows. These renewable energy sources also will help slow increases ingreenhouse gases by replacing carbon-based fuels. Micro is beautiful--The silicon chip ushered in micromanufacturing. Now microtechnology for producing and using everything from chemicals to energy wil...

Inhibition Of A Novel Gene Involved In Phosphorylating Starch In TransgenicPotato Tubers Leads To The Repression Of Cold Induced Sweetening

... a wide range of novel applications of starch as a renewable resource. In addition, cold sweetening is a severe problem in the potato processing industry as a high sugar content leads to the occurence of the Maillard reaction during frying, which is manifested by the undesired ...

DFG To Set Up 32 New Postgraduate Research Groups - First "Virtual Research Group"

...g science group based in Chemnitz will investigate renewable energy sources. The main focus of the study progra...ucture and fluid'; Braunschweig'Energy supply from renewable energy sources'; Chemnitz'Processing, management, presentation and transfer of multimedia data - tec...

Plants - Factories Of The Future

...ps to create highly productive, biodegradable and renewable sources of these raw materials," said Dr Green. "The isolation of these two genes means that we have accomplished the first important step towards producing oilseeds with high yields of important fatty acids." One gene produces an enzyme respon...

Baker's Yeast Causes Chemical Reactions And Sweet Smelling Labs

...Enzymes act as a catalyst to make molecules, are a renewable resourceandare used by all organic chemists. The enzymes chemists currently use comefrom inconvenient sources such as human livers and disease-causingbacteria. They also need a helper molecule, or co-factor, to perform areaction. Also, in current rea...

Third Annual Awards For Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Recognize Innovations

...the simple sugar glucose, derived from arobust and renewable resource: plants. The biocatalysts, which includeinnocuous strains of Escherichia coli, can manufacture adipic acid (used tomakenylon), catechol (food flavors, pharmaceuticals, insecticides), and anantioxidant called DHS. Preliminary estimates sugges...

Yeast Rises To A New Occasion

... and other organic wastes an abundant, completely renewable domestic resource rather than food crops, a potential benefit to farmers who could gain extra income by selling crop residues to companies that produce ethanol, Ho says. "This plant material is an ideal and inexpensive feedstock for ethanol ...

Protocol For Sustainable Exploitation Of Non-Timber Tropical Forest Resources Is Gaining Ground

...ted within limits, Dr. Peters has determined,these renewable resources willgrow back year after yearpproviding increased income for the farmers in thisremote rain forest, whileleaving the ecosystem intact. Indeed, comparative satellite images of theseareas suggest the rate of forestclearing has stabilized. ...

Tipsheet: Environmental Story Ideas

... through the 1980s and '90s has reducedinterest in renewable energy sources. But it shouldn't: Beckman says thatincreasing solar usage could have a greater impact on reversing global warmingthan almost any other remedy. For example, Beckman says a third of the country uses electricity for home waterheaters. If...

USGS will re-evaluate its Alaska strategy

...ere in the United States are theregreater untapped renewable and nonrenewable resources and nowhere do we knowless about them," he noted. "As pressure on these resources develop in thefuture, it is essential that we take advantage of the opportunity to learn aboutthese complex systems and their interactions n...

Genetic extremism overstates risks

...sing demands for wood pulp, building materials and renewable energy. Their commentary, a statement that was rat...ture Biotechnology article: The world demand for renewable energy, fiber and building materials is growing rapidly, with fiber consumption between 1970 and 199...

UroGenesys researchers discover new target antigen for prostate cancers

...icientmice, the Company is also able to generate a renewable supply of primary and metastatic tissues thatare otherwise difficult to obtain. UroGenesys utilizes these tissues in its gene discovery andvalidation programs. "Use of these xenografts is critical to the discovery of clinically-relevant targets tha...

Meet Conan the Bacterium

...gain, the bug's genetic design might help ensure a renewable grocery store for explorers. The ultimate step would be the popular notion of terraforming, reshaping the environment of Mars to make it more hospitable to humans. Terraforming was first performed by ancient lifeforms that converted Earth's environm...

'Roadmap' to guide U.S. photovoltaics industry in 21st century

...ustry can work toward a common destination: clean, renewable solar power taking its proper and requisite place in America's energy picture," he said. The PV industry's mapmakers agreed to this vision statement: "To provide the electrical/energy consumer with competitive and environmentally friendly energy p...

INEEL microbiologist joins Japanese on expedition to tap marine-methane deposits

... hydrates to determine whether hydrates would be a renewable resource. Unlike fossil fuel deposits, marine methane hydrate deposits are relatively dynamic, changing all the time as pressures and temperatures change within the system. "Those pockets of methane are probably a much more fragile resource than we...

Common algae can be valuable source of hydrogen fuel

...hydrogen gas one day could become the world's best renewable source of energy and an environmentally friendly r...untry, Seibert said. "What has been lacking is a renewable source of hydrogen," he said. For nearly 60 years, scientists have known that certain types of alg...

Environmental quality gains require major policy changes

...ersion, enhancing recyclability, maximizing use of renewable resources, extending product durability and improving goods and services. Public policies can play a crucial role in encouraging businesses to integrate eco-efficiency practices into their overall business strategies and in rewarding them for doing ...

Purdue joins Midwest effort to create biobased products

...pment of new "green," environmentally friendly and renewable chemical products. "The Midwest economy would grea...the Midwest." Bioproducts and bioenergy come from renewable resources such as plants. Examples of these environmentally friendly technologies include plastics m...

First-ever complete plant genome sequence is announced

...oject. Plants hold great potential as sources of renewable energy, although they currently represent just three percent of U.S. energy resources. Completion of the Arabidopsis genome sequence is revealing how photosynthesis converts solar energy and carbon dioxide into biomass, helping scientists develop be...

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