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Life Scientists Receive National Medals

By | December 24, 2015

The White House announces the recipients of this year’s US National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation.


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Nitrogen-Fixing Bacterium Could Cut Biofuel Costs

By | February 2, 2015

Ethanol-producing Zymomonas mobilis can live on nitrogen gas, potentially cutting costs and environmental waste in biofuel production.


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Microflora for Hire

By | December 1, 2014

The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.


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Re-examining Rots

By | June 23, 2014

Fungi that digest wood in novel ways could fuel new avenues of research on cellulosic ethanol, and suggest a need to move beyond traditional classification systems.  

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Biofuel Mimicry

By | October 1, 2013

Could the fungus-gardening activities of leafcutter ants teach humans how to produce sustainable biofuels?


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Bacteria Make Diesel Molecules

By | April 24, 2013

By engineering the genome of E. coli with genes from several sources, scientists have coaxed the microbe to produce diesel-replica hydrocarbons.

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Better Biofuel Crops

By | July 1, 2012

One way to increase biofuel production is to engineer plants that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, thereby expanding the range in which such crops can be grown. 


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Biofuels by the Numbers

By | July 1, 2012

Of the many available no- or low-carbon methods to harvest energy, including wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and solar approaches, conversion of plant biomass to liquid fuels is the most cost-effective strategy.


Growing Better Biofuel Crops

By | July 1, 2012

Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.

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Genome Digest

By | June 28, 2012

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes


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