Scientists reveal new technique to make biofuel from mushroom waste

April 10, 2018 by  
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Researchers at the National University of Singapore have discovered a revolutionary way to transform mushroom waste into biofuel. Despite claims to the contrary, biofuel — typically derived from food crops — is often more environmentally-destructive than it is helpful. This new technique could change that by harvesting energy from waste produced in the process of mushroom cultivation. In a study published in Science Advances , researchers explain how Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum (TG57), a common bacterial byproduct of mushroom cultivation, can be isolated and used to convert plant-based cellulose into biobutanol. Biobutanol is a biofuel that can be used by vehicles designed to run on gasoline. First identified in 2015, the TG57 bacterium strain has been cultivated in various forms to analyze its ability to produce biofuel in a more sustainable manner. “The production of biofuels using non-food feedstocks can improve sustainability and reduce costs greatly,” researcher He Jianzhong told Silicon Republic . “In our study, we demonstrated a novel method of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol using the novel TG57 strain. This is a major breakthrough in metabolic engineering and exhibits a foundational milestone in sustainable and cost-effective production of renewable biofuels and chemicals.” Related: Paris has a new underground – a massive farm for mushrooms and veggies Creating biofuel from waste products is a potential boon for the industry and the environment. Biobutanol holds the most promise because of its energy density, and it can be used directly, without modification, in vehicles designed to run on gasoline. Prior to the study, the high environmental and financial costs of producing biobutanol blocked it from mainstream use. However, the researchers have revealed a widely applicable, straightforward technique that does not require any significant genetic alterations of the bacterium. Someday soon, you may munch on mushrooms with the satisfaction of contributing to greener transportation and a healthier planet. Via Silicon Republic Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Looking for an Eco-Friendly Way to Fuel Your Car? Make Your Own Biodiesel!

May 6, 2014 by  
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Gas prices continue to rise, and things are not getting better as far as oil resources are concerned. Fracking, deep-sea drilling, and massive spills are all wreaking havoc on the planet, and all that mess is a short-term solution anyway—crude oil is a finite resource, and it’s going to run out much more quickly than most folks realize. There are alternatives, however, and one of them is biodiesel . With the help of some reader feedback, we’ve put together a recipe and how-to instructions for making biodiesel. Read on to learn how you can have a healthier, cheaper, more environmentally friendly ride. Read the rest of Looking for an Eco-Friendly Way to Fuel Your Car? Make Your Own Biodiesel! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio diesel , biodiesel , biodiesel DIY , biofuel , car , diesel , DIY , eco fuel , fuel , gas , homemade biodiesel , how-to , make your own fuel , Making your Biodiesel , oil , truck , vegetable fuel , vegetable oil , waste oil , waste oil fuel

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MIT Team Creates Genetic Circuits From Bacteria That Remember Logical Functions

February 14, 2013 by  
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A team of engineers from MIT has created genetic circuits in bacterial cells that can not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results. These functions can then be encoded within the cell’s DNA and can be passed on in other cells for dozens of generations. The research, which was outlined in the Feb. 10 online edition of Nature Biotechnology , states that this breakthrough could allow for more efficient controls in biomanufacturing, as well as the programming of stem cells into other cell types. Read the rest of MIT Team Creates Genetic Circuits From Bacteria That Remember Logical Functions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacterial cells , biodiesel , biofuels , Biological engineering , Boolean logic , Circuits , Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (eecs) , genetic circuits , Logic gate , MIT , stem cells , Synthetic biology

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South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge

September 3, 2012 by  
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Biodiesel is an excellent source of fuel: not only does it come from renewable sources , but it also burns cleaner, producing less pollution than fossil fuels . But it can be expensive to produce. That is set to change, however, as South Korean researchers recently developed a new way to source fuel from sewage sludge at a fraction of the cost of regular sources. Read the rest of South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biodiesel fuel , biodiesel technology , cleantech , eco design , green design , green fuel , sewage power , sewage sludge power , sustainable design

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NASA Provides $100,000 Funding For Super-Sonic, Fuel-Efficient Ninja-Star Jet!

September 3, 2012 by  
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An engineer from the University of Miami has received $100,000 from NASA for his fuel-efficient supersonic aircraft. Working with a team from Florida State University, Ge-Chen Zha has designed a bi-directional flying wing (SBiDir-FW) that not only looks like a ninja’s morning star, but can travel at supersonic speeds without the sonic boom generated by conventional aircraft when they break the sound barrier. This remarkable jet could potentially travel from New York to Tokyo in four hours. Read the rest of NASA Provides $100,000 Funding For Super-Sonic, Fuel-Efficient Ninja-Star Jet! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bi-directional aircraft , energy efficient aircraft , florida state university , flying wing , ge-chen zha , Green Aircraft , green transportation , innovative advanced concepts , nasa , sonic boom , supersonic aircraft , supersonic speed , university of miami

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Sustainable Living Roadshow Brings Sustainable Ideas to the People

September 30, 2011 by  
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Image: Sustainable Living Roadshow The largest biofuel powered caravan in the country has been on the road all summer, bringing the Sustainable Living Roadshow to cities near you. The tour is a fun way to bring sustainability living strategies—everything from the practical to the visionary to the

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Could Global Warming Cause Animals to Shrink in Size?

September 30, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons From mass migrations to habitat loss , climate change is thought to be responsible for a number of significant trends in the animal kingdom. But could shifting temperatures be responsible for the reduced size of some animals? Apparently, according to a new study, it could…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Massive Chinese-Backed Dam on Irrawaddy River Halted by Burma’s Government

September 30, 2011 by  
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The Irrawaddy River just south of the proposed dam site, photo: Wikipedia . One day after Brazil’s hotly protested Belo Monte dam is halted by court order , another massive hydropower project is halted, on the other side of the world and by a government not exactly renowned for conservation. In a letter read out in parliament, Burma’s president announced the the suspending of construction of the Chinese-backed

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Alligator Fat Biodiesel: Just Because We Can Doesn’t Mean We Should

August 17, 2011 by  
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photo: William Warby / CC BY File this alongside making biofuels from the animal fat waste from factory farms: A new article in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research shows that alligator fat could be a good source for biodiesel. Some 15 million pounds of that fat is disposed of in landfills … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Ecohome Design Awards Test Meaning of Term "Sustainable"

August 17, 2011 by  
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For years I have been asking my students at Ryerson School of Interior Design to define the term Sustainable Design , in the hope that someday, one of them will come up with one that makes sense. I am still waiting. EcoHome, the AIA’s green housing magazine, recently released their 2011 EcoHome Design Awards that “span the spectrum of sustainable design and high-performance features.”They certainly do…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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