Synthego: Transforming the energy sector with CRISPR
The Scientist | Nov 13, 2019 | 1 min read
New technology is required to increase bioenergy production. CRISPR may be the answer.
Life Scientists Receive National Medals
Karen Zusi | Dec 24, 2015 | 2 min read
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
Jenny Rood | Feb 2, 2015 | 3 min read
Ethanol-producing Zymomonas mobilis can live on nitrogen gas, potentially cutting costs and environmental waste in biofuel production.
Microflora for Hire
Molly Sharlach | Dec 1, 2014 | 4 min read
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
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 23, 2014 | 3 min read
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
Dan Cossins | Oct 1, 2013 | 4 min read
Could the fungus-gardening activities of leafcutter ants teach humans how to produce sustainable biofuels?
Bacteria Make Diesel Molecules
Dan Cossins | Apr 24, 2013 | 2 min read
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
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012 | 1 min read
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
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012 | 1 min read
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 | 10+ min read
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 | 3 min read
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Electrified Snail
Jef Akst | May 29, 2012 | 1 min read
Enzyme-coated electrodes turn the tiny invertebrate into a powerful fuel cell.
News from AAAS
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2012 | 4 min read
A roundup of recent research announced last weekend at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).