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  • Planning for sustainable global biomass use

    Projected future population growth, dietary changes and a growing need to use biomass for energy and fibre will increase the global use of biomass over the coming decades. Livestock are a major contributor to human biomass consumption, using from 30-75 per cent of all biomass harvested by humans, new research shows. The research suggests that integrated assessments of land and biomass use are ...

  • Czech and Korean researchers clinch biomass patent

    A Czech-South Korean research team has obtained a patent on a new method supporting plant biomass production which will also allow the cultivation of plants with a bigger biomass production. Both the food-processing and pharmaceutical industries can, in theory, use the patent, according to the team. 'The invention, which enables the cultivation of plants with an increased production of mass, ...


    By European Commission

  • Czech and Korean researchers clinch biomass patent

    A Czech-South Korean research team has obtained a patent on a new method supporting plant biomass production which will also allow the cultivation of plants with a bigger biomass production. Both the food-processing and pharmaceutical industries can, in theory, use the patent, according to the team. 'The invention, which enables the cultivation of plants with an increased production of mass, ...

  • Plant diversity: the secret to more nitrogen and carbon in soil

    Plants play a key role in soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) accumulation. New research suggests that plant diversity may have an important role to play in stimulating C and N storage in some soils. The findings suggest ways to improve carbon sequestration in grasslands and increase biomass production, for example for biofuel crops on nitrogen limited soils. Soil could be an important carbon sink ...

  • America`s Emerging Bioeconomy

    AMES, Iowa, August 30, 2007 (ENS) - Robert Anex wants to know what would happen if the increasing demand for ethanol prompts American farmers to decide against crop rotation and plant corn on the same fields, year after year. This spring farmers responded to the ethanol industry's demand for grain by increasing their corn acreage by 19 percent over last year, according to U.S. ...

  • Nitrogen use by warm-season grasses for biomass production

    Perennial, warm-season grasses are being evaluated as potential renewable energy crops. These species are well-suited for the production of biomass for energy applications because they utilize C4 photosynthesis and are perennial. Grasses that employ the C4 photosynthetic pathway use water, nitrogen (N), and solar radiation more efficiently than plants having the C3 pathway, and therefore are ...

  • Alien plants `can help alleviate poverty`

    Alien plant species can significantly reduce biodiversity but they can also boost an ecosystem's biomass production, on average by more than half, according to a global analysis of scientific literature. Introduced alien species are usually seen ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • How The Rice Husk Carbonization Furnace Can Make Waste Into Fuel

    Agricultural waste is a big problem in the present day. Among the chief offenders is rice husks. Rice is amongst the most grown crops worldwide, and is a staple of your diet of huge amounts of people. However, growing rice creates plenty of waste. Rice husks would be the leftover aspects of rice plants right after the edible rice has been harvested. Each and every year, a great deal of rice husk ...

  • Scientists Develop Fast-Growing Sorghum for Biofuel

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas, October 9, 2007 (ENS) - American cars and trucks may soon be fueled with sorghum. Not used widely as a food grain in the United States, sorghum is one of the five top cereal crops in the world, along with wheat, oats, corn, and barley. It was cultivated in Egypt in ancient times, and Africa still is the largest producer of sorghum today. Now, energy crop ...

  • Latest LIBERTY agronomic data shows viability of biomass harvesting

    Harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol production is consistent with good farm management, according to the latest data from researchers with Iowa State University and USDA. The work was commissioned by POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels to ensure the sustainability of the joint ...


    By Poet, LLC

  • Nitrogen research shows how some plants invade, take over others

    Biologists know that when plants battle for space, often the actual battle is for getting the nitrogen. Now, research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln gives important new information on how plants can change 'nitrogen cycling' to gain nitrogen and how this allows plant species to invade and take over native plants. In an article published July 6 in the scientific journal Proceedings of the ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Soil nitrogen increased through greater plant biodiversity

    Increased plant biodiversity improves grassland soil quality by boosting its nitrogen levels, even in the absence of nitrogen-fixing plants, recent research has found. Previous research has shown that grasslands with higher biodiversity had higher levels of carbon and nitrogen. However, in the case of nitrogen it has been suggested that this was purely a result of increased numbers of ...

  • New Campaign Chops Down Growing Trend of Burning American Forests for Energy

    Southern forests are being burned for electricity, and a new campaign announced today aims to put an end to it. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Dogwood Alliance have launched “Our Forests Aren’t Fuel” to raise awareness of an alarming and rapidly-growing practice of logging forests and burning the trees as fuel to generate electricity At the forefront of burning ...

  • Environment Agency: Waste materials used as fuel will reduce greenhouse emissions

    Waste materials used as fuel for generating electricity and heat could play an important role in meeting the UK’s renewable energy and greenhouse emissions targets, a new report suggests. Biomass – carbon sink or carbon sinner?,a report published by the Environment Agency finds that using biomass to generate electricity can deliver ...

  • Veolia Awarded Operations Contract for North Carolina Biomass Facility

    Through a new $9 million annual operations and maintenance (O&M) contract with North Carolina Renewable Power – Lumberton, LLC, a subsidiary of Georgia Renewable Power (GRP), Veolia Energy Operating Services, LLC (Veolia) will manage a cogeneration plant that converts poultry litter (waste) and wood chips into biomass energy – diverting up to ...


    By Veolia

  • Forests for fuel: European stakeholders discuss the way forward

    As part of the European Union's drive to promote the use of renewable energy, a 'Biomass Action Plan' has been developed which is designed to increase the amount of energy derived from biomass. New research has investigated barriers to greater exploitation of forests as a source of biomass for energy production. Biomass (biological material such as plants) could help mitigate the effects of ...

  • Continuous Pressure and Vacuum Filtration and Washing of Organic Cellulose and Biomass Products

    The processing of organic, cellulose-containing materials has been around for many years as engineers have developed clever chemistry or cultivated natural conversion processes to make products with characteristics, which were not naturally available. Age-old examples are paper, linen or in the field of "conversion" to alcohol and methane. Currently, due to high oil prices along with the passage ...


    By BHS-Sonthofen Inc.

  • Invasive hogweed plant’s impacts decrease over time

    The damaging impacts of the invasive alien plant, giant hogweed, decline over time, new research from the Czech Republic has concluded. Although this plant initially reduces the native species richness of the grasslands it colonises, the study found that numbers of native species increased again in sites that had been colonised by hogweed for 40 years or longer. Invasive alien species are one of ...

  • Calgary’s Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. awarded $90,000 Industrial Research Assistance Program Grant

    Calgary Alberta – April 1, 2013 – Steeper Energy Canada Ltd., a Danish-Canadian clean-fuel company, has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of Canada’s National Research Council. The project, “CPS Pre-engineering”, will be carried out in the 2013 fiscal year. The project is intended to undertake a set of ...


    By Steeper Energy

  • Farmers Now Harvesting Biomass for Project Liberty Opening

    Farmers are now harvesting and delivering cob bales for the 2014 opening of Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Project LIBERTY is POET-DSM’s 20 million-gallon-per-year cellulosic bio-ethanol plant under construction today. The facility will use corn crop residue – cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk – to produce renewable fuel. Farmers for ...


    By Poet, LLC

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