Navigation Links
New possibilities for efficient biofuel production
Date:8/16/2013

bility of sugar molecules for biofuel production. The lignin cement has to be removed via an energy-consuming and environmentally unfriendly process. Plants with a lower amount of lignin or with lignin that is easier to break down can be a real benefit for biofuel and bioplastics production. The same holds true for the paper industry that uses the cellulose fibres to produce paper.

A new enzyme

For many years researchers have been studying the lignin biosynthetic pathway in plants. Increasing insight into this process can lead to new strategies to improve the accessibility of the cellulose molecules. Using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, an international research collaboration between VIB and Ghent University (Belgium), the University of Dundee (UK), the James Hutton Institute (UK) and the University of Wisconsin (USA) has now identified a new enzyme in the lignin biosynthetic pathway. This enzyme, caffeoyl shikimate esterase (CSE), fulfils a central role in lignin biosynthesis. Knocking-out the CSE gene, resulted in 36% less lignin per gram of stem material. Additionally, the remaining lignin had an altered structure. As a result, the direct conversion of cellulose to glucose from un-pretreated plant biomass increased four-fold, from 18% in the control plants to 78% in the cse mutant plants.

These new insights, published this week online in Science Express, can now be used to screen natural populations of energy crops such as poplar, eucalyptus, switchgrass or other grass species for a non-functional CSE gene. Alternatively, the expression of CSE can be genetically engineered in energy crops. A reduced amount of lignin or an adapted lignin structure can contribute to a more efficient conversion of biomass to energy. This research was co-financed by the multidisciplinary research partnership 'Biotechnology for a sustainable economy' of Ghent University, the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the 'Global Climate and Energy
'/>"/>

Contact: Kris Van der Beken
kris.vanderbeken@vib.be
32-473-783-435
VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. By detecting smallest virus, researchers open possibilities for early disease detection
2. Recruiters matchen het efficiƫntst met CRMATCH en ELISE
3. Most Efficient Matching in Recruitment With CRMATCH and ELISE
4. Practice makes the brains motor cortex more efficient, Pitt researchers say
5. Bio-inspired design may lead to more energy efficient windows
6. New ultra-efficient HPC data center debuts
7. Researchers say sunlight yields more efficient carbon dioxide to methanol model
8. Engineering cells for more efficient biofuel production
9. Why some grasses evolved a more efficient photosynthesis and others didnt
10. Rice unveils super-efficient solar-energy technology
11. Dealing with power outages more efficiently
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/17/2015)... Aug. 17, 2015  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ... focused on the growing mobile commerce market and creator ... campaign for Q4 2015. The new marketing campaign is ... of Amplitude Marketing Group ( http://amplitudemarketing.com/ ) and TPMG ... a leader in retail driven marketing and brand awareness ...
(Date:8/12/2015)... Florida , August 12, 2015 ... pace of mobile payment innovation and advanced biometrics technology ... replace the way consumers rely on using their credit ... with reinventing the future for payment services led by ... NXTD ), :  Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG ...
(Date:8/12/2015)... , Aug. 12, 2015  Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... interface solutions, today announced that four of its ... solution, have officially been named FIDO Certified™ by ... of the certification, Synaptics, Natural ID™ fingerprint solutions ... Authentication Framework (UAF) standard and are interoperable among ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID, Inc. Launches Sales Campaign for Wocket Smart Wallet with Award Winning Marketing Team 2NXT-ID, Inc. Launches Sales Campaign for Wocket Smart Wallet with Award Winning Marketing Team 3Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 2Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 3Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 4Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 5Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 6Synaptics Announces FIDO Certification of Natural ID Fingerprint Solutions 2Synaptics Announces FIDO Certification of Natural ID Fingerprint Solutions 3
... food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge so ... food, researchers at Imperial College London suggest in a new ... unhealthy "LDL" cholesterol in the blood. A wealth of trial ... a person,s heart attack risk. In a paper published ...
... Professor of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New ... Microbiology (ASM) to receive a 2010 ICAAC Young Investigator ... this award recognizes an early career scientist for research ... tenOever completed his postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at ...
... than 250 scientists, engineers, government advisers and groups ... Ireland from August 15-20, 2010 to consider the ... The University of Maryland is co-sponsoring the conference, ... http://aquaticnoise.org/ ), which is co-organized by University of ...
Cached Biology News:Free statins with fast food could neutralize heart risk, scientists say 2University of Maryland co-sponsors International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life 2University of Maryland co-sponsors International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life 3
(Date:8/27/2015)... Aug. 27, 2015 HUYA Bioscience International (HUYA) today ... the Japan Society of HTLV-1, held this week at ... purpose of the Society is to promote research on ... of medical technology and research related to these fields ... "HUYA is proud to support this prestigious conference," ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... N.C. , Aug. 27, 2015 ... decision by FedEx, UPS and The US Postal ... biological specimens classified as ,select agents, by the ... history of handling these sensitive shipments. ... global transportation regulations, trained and certified personnel to ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... WARREN, N.J. , Aug. 26, 2015  Roka ... company focused on providing advanced testing solutions for the ... Thomas, CEO will present at the Sidoti & Company ... The conference will be held at the New York ... the presentation will be available through the investor relations ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... , Aug. 26, 2015 Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: ... today the closing of its previously announced public offering ... the underwriters of their option to purchase an additional ... price of $41.00 per share.  The exercise of the ... common stock sold by Intrexon to 5,609,756 shares and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:HUYA Bioscience International Sponsors Japan Society Of HTLV-1 Annual Meeting 2HUYA Bioscience International Sponsors Japan Society Of HTLV-1 Annual Meeting 3HUYA Bioscience International Sponsors Japan Society Of HTLV-1 Annual Meeting 4Marken Ensures Safe Transportation Of Select Agents And Toxins 2Intrexon Announces Closing of $230 Million Public Offering of Common Stock including Full Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Shares 2Intrexon Announces Closing of $230 Million Public Offering of Common Stock including Full Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Shares 3Intrexon Announces Closing of $230 Million Public Offering of Common Stock including Full Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Shares 4
... SAN DIEGO, March 11, 2011 Ardea Biosciences, Inc. ... on the development of small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment ... fourth quarter and full-year 2010 financial results. ... end of February, we are in an excellent financial ...
... (Nasdaq: VRNM ), a leading industrial biotechnology ... enzymes, today announced that it repurchased $28.4 million in ... series of privately-negotiated transactions. As part of ... amount of its 5.5% Notes and $8.5 million in ...
... Inc., an emerging biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development ... Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (NYSE: SCR ), a ... Drug (IND) application with the State Food and Drug ... as BD0801) as a potential cancer therapy.  APX003 is ...
Cached Biology Technology:Ardea Biosciences Reports Recent Accomplishments and Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Financial Results 2Ardea Biosciences Reports Recent Accomplishments and Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Financial Results 3Ardea Biosciences Reports Recent Accomplishments and Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Financial Results 4Ardea Biosciences Reports Recent Accomplishments and Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Financial Results 5Ardea Biosciences Reports Recent Accomplishments and Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Financial Results 6Verenium Announces Debt Repurchase 2Verenium Announces Debt Repurchase 3Apexigen Announces the Filing by its Partner, Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, of First IND 2
Zebrafish Vitellogenin ELISA System, 96 wells. ELISARange: 0.5-100 ng/ml.Sensitivity: 0.3 ng/ml.Sample volume: 100 ul.Suitable for use with Zebrafish plasma samples.3-h protocol.Store at 2-8 C. Categ...
... provide rapid and efficient removal of short ... salts from PCR products (Figure 1). The ... Binding Buffer options for fragments >100 bp ... in either single column or 96-well plate ...
The product contains 10 ml Dynabeads Epoxy (4.5 m). Supplied at 4 x 10 8 beads/ml...
Immunogen: Synthetic peptide: M(1) C V P R S G L I L S(11) Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles...
Biology Products: