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October 1, 2006
Stefan Jaronoski, an insect pathologist at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (Sidney, Mont....
October 1, 2006
Researchers from 34 institutions from around the world have completed the first DNA sequence for a tree, the black cottonwood or Populus trichocarpa (poplar). This poplar's...
October 1, 2006
Plant physiologist Cynthia Henson and colleagues at the ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit (Madison, Wisc.; have designed three...
September 1, 2006
Lurgi AG (Frankfurt; and the Karlsruhe Research Center (both Germany; have signed a cooperation contract to construct a pilot plant for producing liquid fuels from biomass. As the first of three steps, Lurgi will build a €3.76-million pyrolysis plant that makes bio-crude oil — an intermediate for making biofuels...
September 1, 2006
Ecovation, Inc. (Victor, N.Y.; has constructed a waste-treatment and renewable-energy-production facility for CoolBrands International (North Lawrence, N.Y.) — a cottage-cheese and yogurt production plant that will use Ecovation’s patented Mobilized Film Technology (MFT) to biologically treat wastewater containing...
September 1, 2006
The U.S. DOE estimates that uranium contaminates more than 2,500 billion liters of groundwater nation wide; for the past 10 years, the agency has supported research into the ability of naturally-occuring microbes that can stop the underground migration...
September 1, 2006
Last month, DynaMotive Energy Systems Corp. (Vancouver, B.C., Canada; announced the successful completion of an industrial-scale test burn of its BioOil as a replacement for...
August 1, 2006
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; has finalized a Principal Agreement for the process design, development and further collaboration with Arkenol, Inc. (Orange, Calif.; for a plant to produce bioethanol from cellulose. The plant, to be located in Orange...
August 1, 2006
Professor Suppes received the Academic Award (see item above) for developing a process to convert glycerin - a byproduct of biodiesel production - into propylene glycol, which can replace ethylene glycol in...
August 1, 2006
Researchers at CSIRO Exploration and Mining (Kensington, Australia; have discovered that a bacterium, called Ralstonia metallidurans, may be responsible for the...
August 1, 2006
Last month, Expander Energy Inc. (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; licensed the Carbo-V process from Choren Industries GmbH (Freiberg, Germany...
July 1, 2006
A traditional treatment for damaged knee cartilage is called autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), whereby healthy cartilage-forming cells are taken from an undamaged site of the patient and injected to the damaged site. This procedure takes many weeks, during which time, the patient requires mechanical support, such as crutches. A new procedure, under development...
June 1, 2006
    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), together with particulate matter, sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, are major components of air pollution that can lead to serious environmental and health hazards. Physical, chemical and biological treatment methods are available to remove VOCs from the air by either recovery or destruction [1-3]. Biological treatment methods, while less well-established...
June 1, 2006
Although many new biodiesel plants are sprouting up around the world, Perstorp Oxo AB’s (Stenungsund Sweden) 160,000 m.t./yr rapeseed-methyl-esters (RME) facility, now under construction at Stenungsund, will be the first to have a reactor made from...
June 1, 2006
Fluxome Sciences A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; has been granted patents in both the U.S.and Europe for a method to improve bioethanol production by...
June 1, 2006
ATMI Life Sciences (ATMI; Hoegaarden, Belgium; and Pierre Guérin SAS (Mauze sur le Mignon, France; have formed an alliance to design, manufacture...
May 1, 2006
Although citrus peels are rich in pectin, cellulose and hemicellusic polysaccharides, such waste products are currently marketed as low-value cattle feed, despite its relatively high processing cost, according to the ARS Citrus and Subtropical Products Laboratory (Winter Haven, Fla.; An...
April 1, 2006
Although chemically identical to vegetation-derived cellulose, bacterial cellulose (BC) has a different tertiary structure, which imparts a number of unique — and commercially important — properties. For example, BC is nontoxic and biocompatible, and has a large water-holding capacity, which makes it suitable for dressing wounds in medicine. Other possible uses are cleaning environmental...
April 1, 2006
    It’s not a question of whether the world supply of fossil is going to run out; its just a question of when, says professor Colin Webb, head of the chemical engineering department at the University of Manchester (England), who was addressing several hundred delegates at a Thursday-afternoon colloquium on biorefineries last month at Dechema e.V (Frankfurt, Germany). That’s why most...
March 1, 2006
BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has developed a new process for producing chiral intermediates for pharmaceutical products. Without disclosing any details, BASF says the process is based on...
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