woody biomass News

  • Trees show that growing is not putting on weight!

    An international consortium led by scientists of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has shown that mechanisms involved in tree growth are in action at different times. First, the tree gets bigger due to the production and enlargement of woody cells; then the cell walls are reinforced, which increases the tree’s mass. These results, published in Nature Plants on ...

  • ZeaChem Selected for $232.5 Million USDA Loan Guarantee

    ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, today announced it has been selected for a $232.5 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program. The conditional commitment enables the financing and construction of ...


    By ZeaChem Inc.

  • Chipper and baler for energy crops

    Biothek, a company devoted to biomass research and production from Arundo k-12, and the chipping machine manufacturer Serrat from Aragon in Spain, have presented a chipping head that can be coupled to a baler for energy crops The chipping head replaces the traditional system for feeding balers or pick-up by attaining more compact, denser bales. In the first demonstration carried out on Arundo ...

  • DOE selects biofuels projects to receive up to US$21m in funding

    U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $21 million will be made available for the selection of five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high tonnage biomass feedstocks for cellulosic biofuels production.  The awards announced today are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Conclusions of the IOC Conference at COP22

    The International Olive Council (IOC) participated in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), which was held in Marrakech (Morocco) from 7 to 18 November 2016, and whereby the UN sought to adopt a framework for action against global warming. For this event, the IOC invited all IOC member countries to ...

  • 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 ...

  • Tropic Forest Dataset Available on ArcGIS Online

    Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) is using Esri's ArcGIS Online to make its new carbon stock datasets available to scientists and environmental experts throughout the world. Decision makers will be able to easily access this data and use GIS to study tropical ...


    By Esri

  • Mission markets(TM) signals focus on fast-growing sustainable agriculture sector through partnership with food marketmaker

    After recent success in closing transactions on its Sustainable and Impact Investment Platform (SIIP), Mission Markets has recently established a key relationship with Food MarketMaker, one of the largest online databases for local state farmers with over 20,000 members. These types of ...

  • Desert plantations could help capture carbon

    Planting trees in coastal deserts could capture carbon dioxide, reduce harsh desert temperatures, boost rainfall, revitalise soils and produce cheap biofuels, say scientists. Large-scale plantations of the hardy jatropha tree, Jatropha curcas, could help sequester carbon ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • USDA Invests in Research to Convert Beetle-Killed Trees into Renewable Energy

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University (CSU) and their partners to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. The award, provided under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), is part ...

  • From Mules to Biofuels

    Farmers and policymakers are wrestling with two main concerns when it comes to ethanol production: the effect of ethanol demand on food prices, and changes in land use that are detrimental to the environment. While families were sharing corn at backyard barbecues this summer, both issues perked up ears across the globe. The Environmental Protection Agency rejected Texas Governor Rick Perry's ...

  • Meeting the 2 Degree Global Temperature Goal Can be Done – UNEP

    ‘Too Little, Too Late’ could be one way to sum up the key message in the latest United Nations Emissions Gap Report assessing what is needed to keep global temperature rise to below 2°C by 2050. But in fact, the message is far more subtle, and more positive than one might assume from reading the press headlines. The 2013 Emissions Gap Report, released by the UN Environment ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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