• 6 hours Thanksgiving Gas Prices At 3-Year High
  • 10 hours Iraq’s Giant Majnoon Oilfield Attracts Attention Of Supermajors
  • 12 hours South Iraq Oil Exports Close To Record High To Offset Kirkuk Drop
  • 15 hours Iraqi Forces Find Mass Graves In Oil Wells Near Kirkuk
  • 16 hours Chevron Joint Venture Signs $1.7B Oil, Gas Deal In Nigeria
  • 17 hours Iraq Steps In To Offset Falling Venezuela Oil Production
  • 19 hours ConocoPhillips Sets Price Ceiling For New Projects
  • 3 days Shell Oil Trading Head Steps Down After 29 Years
  • 3 days Higher Oil Prices Reduce North American Oil Bankruptcies
  • 4 days Statoil To Boost Exploration Drilling Offshore Norway In 2018
  • 4 days $1.6 Billion Canadian-US Hydropower Project Approved
  • 4 days Venezuela Officially In Default
  • 4 days Iran Prepares To Export LNG To Boost Trade Relations
  • 4 days Keystone Pipeline Leaks 5,000 Barrels Into Farmland
  • 4 days Saudi Oil Minister: Markets Will Not Rebalance By March
  • 4 days Obscure Dutch Firm Wins Venezuelan Oil Block As Debt Tensions Mount
  • 4 days Rosneft Announces Completion Of World’s Longest Well
  • 5 days Ecuador Won’t Ask Exemption From OPEC Oil Production Cuts
  • 5 days Norway’s $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Proposes To Ditch Oil Stocks
  • 5 days Ecuador Seeks To Clear Schlumberger Debt By End-November
  • 5 days Santos Admits It Rejected $7.2B Takeover Bid
  • 5 days U.S. Senate Panel Votes To Open Alaskan Refuge To Drilling
  • 5 days Africa’s Richest Woman Fired From Sonangol
  • 5 days Oil And Gas M&A Deal Appetite Highest Since 2013
  • 6 days Russian Hackers Target British Energy Industry
  • 6 days Venezuela Signs $3.15B Debt Restructuring Deal With Russia
  • 6 days DOJ: Protestors Interfering With Pipeline Construction Will Be Prosecuted
  • 6 days Lower Oil Prices Benefit European Refiners
  • 6 days World’s Biggest Private Equity Firm Raises $1 Billion To Invest In Oil
  • 7 days Oil Prices Tank After API Reports Strong Build In Crude Inventories
  • 7 days Iraq Oil Revenue Not Enough For Sustainable Development
  • 7 days Sudan In Talks With Foreign Oil Firms To Boost Crude Production
  • 7 days Shell: Four Oil Platforms Shut In Gulf Of Mexico After Fire
  • 7 days OPEC To Recruit New Members To Fight Market Imbalance
  • 7 days Green Groups Want Norway’s Arctic Oil Drilling Licenses Canceled
  • 7 days Venezuelan Oil Output Drops To Lowest In 28 Years
  • 7 days Shale Production Rises By 80,000 BPD In Latest EIA Forecasts
  • 7 days GE Considers Selling Baker Hughes Assets
  • 8 days Eni To Address Barents Sea Regulatory Breaches By Dec 11
  • 8 days Saudi Aramco To Invest $300 Billion In Upstream Projects

Breaking News:

Thanksgiving Gas Prices At 3-Year High

Alt Text

The Hidden Cost Of Electric Cars

As countries across the globe…

Alt Text

Are Autonomous Cars Ready To Ditch The Backup Driver?

Self-driving cars are being tested…

Clean Energy Getting Moldy

Clean Energy Getting Moldy

Mold is worth a lot these days, particularly to the US Department of Energy, which is forking out $1.3 million to fund research into turning mold into fuel.

The $1.3 million grant was handed out by the DoE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute to the University of Missouri, which will conduct DNA genome sequencing for up to 600 strains of Neurospora crassa, a mold species used in classical genetics and also as a model for bio-fuel development.

Kevin McCluskey, curator of the Fungal Genetics Stock Center at the university, told reporters that scientists are looking at new ways of turning plant material into fuel, and Neurospora crassa is a model for how microbes can help this process.

“Neurospora can break down complex molecules and can be used as a research tool to understand how other organisms break down complex plant material… When we look at the differences in the new DNA sequence, and then ask if the same difference is found in any of the other strains we are sequencing, we can identify the unique mutation in each individual strain.” he said.

Related article: EU Kills Bill to Limit Food-Based Biofuels

Neurospora crassa is a common plant-associated mold that grows along with sugar cane and other plants and which also grows on bread in open-air bakeries.

The potential uses of mold have been studied since the 1940s, but it’s grown into something much bigger since across research sectors, including genetic, biochemical and molecular studies. Scientists chose this simple harmless mold for early genetic studies because it is easy to create mutations and conduct genetic cross-studies.

With biotechnology, however, mold is crossing over into yet another discipline, and researchers hope it will prove a key alternative candidate for producing ethanol from renewable sources. Already there are reports that mold can be converted into ethanol hexose and pentose sugars, cellulose polymers and agro-industrial residues.

Right now, some 5% of global liquid fuels consumption in the transportation sector are derived from conventional food-based biofuels, but advanced biofuels—like mold—would offer the world long-term scalability. The problem is that this is all early stages because most conversion technologies have not achieved commercialization.

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com




Back to homepage


Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News