Salt-loving microbe provides new enzymes for the production of next-gen biofuels

In order to realize the full potential of advanced biofuels? that are derived from non-food sources of lignocellulosic biomass—e.g., agricultural, forestry, and municipal waste, and crops such as poplar, switchgrass? and miscanthus—new technologies that can efficiently and cost-effectively break down this biomass into simple sugars are required. A new class of solvents, referred to as ionic liquids, have been reported to be much more efficient in treating the biomass and enhancing the yield of sugars liberated from it. READ MORE...

Thu, 06/30/2011
Anerobic Digestion and Biogas

UW Extension have created seven modules focused on the use of anaerobic digestion technologies. Details of the process are introduced, as well as factors that influence start-up, operation and control of anaerobic digesters at different scales.

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A visit to switchgrass? trial plots run by Iowa State University researchers; near Ames, IA. Photo by CL Williams, 2010.