biofuels
Life Scientists Receive National Medals
Life Scientists Receive National Medals
Karen Zusi | Dec 24, 2015
The White House announces the recipients of this year’s US National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation.
Nitrogen-Fixing Bacterium Could Cut Biofuel Costs
Nitrogen-Fixing Bacterium Could Cut Biofuel Costs
Jenny Rood | Feb 2, 2015
Ethanol-producing Zymomonas mobilis can live on nitrogen gas, potentially cutting costs and environmental waste in biofuel production.
Microflora for Hire
Microflora for Hire
Molly Sharlach | Dec 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.
Re-examining Rots
Re-examining Rots
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 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.  
Biofuel Mimicry
Biofuel Mimicry
Dan Cossins | Oct 1, 2013
Could the fungus-gardening activities of leafcutter ants teach humans how to produce sustainable biofuels?
Bacteria Make Diesel Molecules
Bacteria Make Diesel Molecules
Dan Cossins | Apr 24, 2013
By engineering the genome of E. coli with genes from several sources, scientists have coaxed the microbe to produce diesel-replica hydrocarbons.
Better Biofuel Crops
Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 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. 
Biofuels by the Numbers
Biofuels by the Numbers
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 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
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012
Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.
Genome Digest
Hayley Dunning | Jun 28, 2012
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes