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One-Vat Process Could Lower Biofuel Costs

Researchers have demonstrated a one-vat processing system in which sugars could be extracted from biomass and turned into fuels in a single vat, using less water and producing less waste, which would lower biofuel costs. Scientists with the Energy Department’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) developed a one-pot, wash-free process for … Read more »

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Can Plants Produce Polymers for Plastic Cheaply?

Metabolix and other companies are exploring whether plants can be genetically engineered to make polymers for producing bioplastics in a way that’s cheaper than oil-based plastics, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Scientists believe the answer to cheaper bioplastics lies in plants, which can theoretically be engineered to function like mini-factories … Read more »