Lignocellulosic biomass

JBEI Researchers Splice Corn Gene into Switchgrass, Increasing Plant Cell Wall Starch by 250%

Many experts believe that advanced biofuels made from cellulosic biomass are the most promising alternative to petroleum-based liquid fuels for a renewable, clean, green, domestic source of transportation energy. Nature, however, does not make it easy. Unlike the starch sugars in grains, the complex polysaccharides in the cellulose of plant cell walls are locked within a […]

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E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels

A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels with a domestically produced clean, green, renewable alternative. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that can digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize […]

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Lignocellulosic Biomass

Lignocellulosic biomass is one of the most abundant plants on Earth and is a critical feedstock for the production of renewable fuels. Lignocellulose is a mixture of complex sugars and lignin, a non-carbohydrate polymer that provides strength and structure to plant cell walls. By extracting simple fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and producing biofuels, the potential […]

By |April 26th, 2011|Comments Off on Lignocellulosic Biomass