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JBEI, ABPDU Scientists Develop Higher-Performance Fuels, Biofuels, Bioproducts

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the Advanced Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) have developed a new polyketide synthase-based platform and prototyped efficient production of potential biofuels, gasoline additives, and commodity chemicals. More>

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To Find New Biofuel Enzymes, It Can Take a Microbial Village

In search of new plant enzymes? Try looking in compost. Researchers at JBEI have demonstrated the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. This approach yields robust enzymes that researchers can’t easily obtain from isolates. More>

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Beyond Biofuels: ABPDU a Catalyst for Broader Bio-Based Economy

The original scope of the Advanced Biofuels Process Development Unit (ABPDU) was to tackle the barriers to biofuel commercialization. Five years in, its activities have expanded to utilize a broader range of raw materials to produce a variety of bio-based material, chemical and protein end products. To date, the ABPDU has entered into agreements with more than 30 partners. More>

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AIChE Honors ABPDU Researchers

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers has recognized two Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) early career researchers with honors. Akash Narani has been named to the “35 Under 35” list and Ning Sun has been awarded AIChE Program Committee’s Young Investigator Award for Innovation. More>

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JBEI and ABPDU Raise Funds for Local Food Bank

In an effort to raise awareness about food insecurity in Alameda County, JBEI and ABPDU organized a fund drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. A total of $2,514 was raised for a virtual food drive. In addition more than five barrels of non-perishable foods were contributed by JBEI and ABPDU employees.

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California Assembly Member Richard Bloom Visits JBEI and ABPDU

Bloom — chair of the Assembly Budget Committee on Resources and Transportation — has pushed for increasing renewable energy development and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. During his visit, Bloom learned about the latest developments in bioenergy research and bioproducts production.

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Innovative Microvi Bio-Ethanol Technology Validated at ABPDU

Microvi Biotechnologies, working with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU), has unveiled breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production. ABPDU’s Todd Pray said they look forward to collaborating with Microvi in further optimization and scale-up work. More>

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Lab Twitter Chat Raises Awareness of Advanced Biofuels

Jenny Mortimer and Blake Simmons of JBEI and Todd Pray, of the ABPDU, fielded questions on the development of sustainable and affordable biofuels in a Twitter chat last week. Tweeters asked about many aspects of their research, such as type of feedstocks used, the cost of biofuels, and new biofuels technologies. Check out the conversation here.

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